Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Takes the Stage in Chicago
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Following its world-premiere engagement in Dublin, with sold-out runs in both Ireland and China, Heartbeat of Home will stop at the Oriental Theatre as part of its first North American tour. Created by the producers and director of Riverdance, this high-octane extravaganza features components of traditional Irish, Latin and Afro-Cuban music and dance. Thirty-seven hand-picked dancers from around the world come together for a performance that the Irish Independent calls "a mix of foreplay, seduction and simulation." And it's all backed by a live 10-piece band playing music by Golden Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne. Learn More
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Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 pm: Another Night, Strange Humors/Petite Mort/Revelations
Friday, March 15 at 7:30 pm: From Before, Pas de Duke/Home/Revelations
Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30 pm: Grace/Minus 16/Revelations
Another Night (Chicago Premiere): Choreographed by Kyle Abraham
Although Another Night marks his first work for the main Company, Abraham first lent his creative voice to the Ailey organization in 2010 with The Corner, an acclaimed work commissioned by Ailey II that depicts urban social interactions through the use of contemporary and post-modern movement
From Before (Company Premiere): Choreographed by Garth Fagan
Mr. Fagan said of his work: “From Before was looking back at my origins in the West Indies and seeing how I could take away all the trimmings and the costumes of African or Caribbean dance and strip it right down to the bare bones.” He attributed its popularity with audiences all across the world to “the fluidity of Caribbean dance, the polyrhythms of African, the precision of ballet and the strength and weight of modern dance.”
Grace (New Production): Choreographed by Ronald K. Brown
One of the most popular works in the Ailey repertory, Ronald K. Brown’s spellbinding Grace is a fervent tour-de-force depicting individuals on a journey to the promised land. Described by The New York Times as “astounding, something to be sensed as well as seen,” this spiritually-charged work is a rapturous blend of modern dance and West African idioms.
Home: Choreographed by Rennie Harris
Home, returning to Auditorium Theatre again for the second year, is choreographed by bold hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris and is inspired by the stories of people living with or affected by HIV. Drawing upon poems and images submitted in 2011 to the Fight HIV Your Way contest, an initiative of Bristol-Myers Squibb, Harris created a compelling work that conveys both the chilling isolation and uplifting sense of community many experience.
Minus 16: Choreographed by Ohad Naharin
A fan-favorite from last year’s programming, Minus 16 features a delightfully eclectic score ranging from Dean Martin to mambo, techno to traditional Israeli music propels Ohad Naharin’s phenomenally inventive piece. Breaking down the barrier between audience and performer, this work, unlike any other in the Ailey repertory, challenges the dancers to improvise and invite the audience to participate in the experience by joining the dancers onstage.
Pas de Duke: Choreographed by Alvin Ailey
Originally created as a showcase for Judith Jamison and Mikhail Baryshnikov, Pas de Duke is Alvin Ailey’s modern-dance translation of a classical pas de deux, celebrating the musical genius of Duke Ellington. Ailey’s choreography brilliantly captures the exuberance of the dancers’ star qualities and techniques as the duo mirror each other toe-to-toe and line-for-line in this playful, jazzy dance. The New York Times praised the work as “one of those special dances that lives in new ways with each new set of performers.”
Petit Mort (Company Premiere): Choreographed by Jiøí Kylián
Visual surprises abound in this tantalizing contemporary ballet, which blends a classical sensibility with a bold, modern wit. The choreography includes six men, six women, and six fencing foils. The foils are, in many ways, the men's real dancing partners and sometimes turn out to be more stubborn and willful than a human partner.
Revelations: Choreographed by Alvin Ailey
Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. More than just a popular dance work, it has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans. Seeing Revelations for the first time or the hundredth can be a transcendent experience, with audiences cheering, singing along and dancing in their seats from the opening notes of the plaintive “I Been ’Buked” to the rousing “Wade in the Water” and the triumphant finale, “Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham.”
Strange Humors (Company Premiere): Choreographed by Robert Battle
Artistic Director Robert Battle’s Strange Humors is an eccentric, jocular display for two dancers. Composer John Mackey, with whom Battle is a frequent collaborator, provides a fiery score propelled by elements of African hand drumming and Middle Eastern folk music. Stationed far apart along a narrow shaft of light, the dancers ultimately meet for an explosive confrontation of wits and prowess, as though “possessed by the force of feelings beyond their control” (The New York Times).