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Website

http://www.alvinailey.org/

Quotes & Highlights

“Frenetic and electrifying…filled with fabulously high-octane stamina by the Ailey dancers.” New York Times
“‘Revelations’…is an icon, but it also is very much a living, breathing work of art, thanks to the fervent and openhearted way the remarkable Ailey dancers perform it.” Washington Times
“One of the promises of my company is that its repertoire will include pieces that ordinary people can understand.” Alvin Ailey

Description

Celebrating its 45th anniversary this season, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has earned a reputation worldwide as one of the most acclaimed ambassadors of American culture. Marvel at the physical and dramatic forces these dancers bring to the stage and rejoice in the passion and artistry of the Ailey company.

Program A
  • Heart Song

    (2003)

    Choreography by Alonzo King

    Music composed and performed by Bouchaib Abdelhadi, Yassir Chadly, Hafida Ghanim

  • Treading

    (1979)

    Choreography by Elisa Monte

    Music by Stephen Reich “Eighteen Musicians”

  • Juba

    (2003)

    Choreography by Robert Battle

    Original score composed by John Mackey

  • Revelations

    (1960)

    Choreography by Alvin Ailey

    Music: Traditional

Program B
  • Rainbow Round My Shoulders

    (1959)

    Choreography by Donald McKayle

    Music: Traditional

  • Hymn

    (1993)

    Choreographed and Directed by Judith Jamison

    Text Conceived, Written and Performed by Anna Deavere Smith

  • Revelations

    (1960)

    Choreography by Alvin Ailey

    Music: Traditional

Program C
  • Ailey Classics

    (to be announced)

  • Revelations

    (1960)

    Choreography by Alvin Ailey

    Music: Traditional

Juba

The edgy and ritualistic “Juba” explores the question of where ritual and folk tradition exist in today’s society, as four dancers engage in a modern day rite of spring with an abstract twist. Choreographer Robert Battle explains, “The Juba is an actual dance that was done by slaves as a sort of revolt, an exhibition dance.” In his own work, Battle strives to “reach this kind of spirituality that makes people leap out of their seats, what you see in a lot of places, from black churches to nightclubs—dancing until you’re almost in a trance.”

Heart Song

“Heart Song,” set to the sounds of original Moroccan music and vocals, explores the individual as opposed to the group, how an idea informs the steps and gestures of a dance, and how powerful music can help shape the experience of a dance. Choreographer Alonzo King says, “There’s the romantic idea that the uniqueness of what I feel in my experience is so powerful that you will relate to it. And then there is the opposite, classical tradition that says my feelings don’t matter, that the community and order and form are much more important.”

Treading

When the sculptural, mesmerizing duet “Treading” had its premiere in 1982, the New York Times said, “‘Treading’ gives lovers of fine dancing much to marvel at.” In this new production, the man and woman come together in fluid intricate movements that combine with the evocative music to create an aura of mystery and sensuality. “For me it’s like looking at people before we were fully formed,” explains the choreographer. “The inspiration for me was to strip away people’s sexuality and look at the sensual impulses of people from a very essential, pure place.”

Rainbow Round My Shoulder

After hearing singer Leon Bibb’s recording of “Rocks and Gravel,” Donald McKayle was inspired to create “Rainbow Round My Shoulder.” The piece is composed of eight dancers—seven men and one woman—who depict the life of men on a prison chain gang. Their memories of happiness, love and freedom sustain them as the woman in the ballet, a dream figure representing sweetheart, mother and wife, embodies these memories. The movement has been described as athletic yet lyrical, with a story that is both potent and profound.

Hymn

“Hymn” is a tribute to Alvin Ailey originally choreographed in 1993. The New York Post declared this reverent homage “an absolutely astonishing work.” In episodes ranging from quiet solos to explosive full company dances, Ailey’s genius and humanity are lovingly revealed. This season, a new generation of dancers will interpret “Hymn,” bringing their own experiences and their own spirit to this celebration of the man and the legacy.

Revelations

Alvin Ailey was only 29 years old when he created his most significant masterpiece, “Revelations,” in 1960. Ailey’s inspiration for creating “Revelations” came from his memories of attending Baptist services in Texas as a child. Over the last 40 years, more people around the world have seen this modern dance classic than any other work. Ailey said, “‘Revelations’ began with the music. As early as I can remember I was enthralled by the music played and sung in the small black churches in every small Texas town my mother and I lived in. No matter where we were during those nomadic years, Sunday was always a church-going day. There we would absorb some of the most glorious singing to be heard anywhere in the world. They sang and played the music with such fervor that even as a small child I could not only hear it but almost see it.”

About the Ticket Supplier: Music Center

A leader at the cultural heart of Los Angeles County, The Music Center brings to life one of the world’s premier arts destinations by creating opportunities for arts participation, enabling compelling programming and providing firstclass venues and services.

The Music Center is one of the largest and most highly regarded performing arts centers in the country, creating a cultural hub that is central to L.A.’s status as “the creative capital” of the world. Celebrated for its illustrious dance programming Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and home to four world-class resident companies- LA Phil, Center Theatre Group, LA Opera and Los Angeles Master Chorale – The Music Center is the place to experience the most innovative and critically-acclaimed performing arts in the nation. In its effort to extend the reach and accessibility of the performing arts, the Music Center is a national model for experiences in which people participate directly through its Active Arts® at The Music Center.

As well, The Music Center presents special productions, events and festivals for children and families, including World City at The Music Center. Each year, over one-million audience members delight in the excitement of live performances on The Music Center’s stages and enjoy free community arts events all year long across its outdoor campus.

The Music Center is also on the forefront of arts education in Los Angeles, providing arts resources to students and teachers in schools and community centers throughout the region. Approximately 500 full-time, seasonal and part-time staff members are employees of The Center and contribute to its operation and success.

The Music Center was developed as an unprecedented public private partnership with Los Angeles County. Through the support of the Board of Supervisors, the County of Los Angeles plays an invaluable role in the successful operation of The Music Center. This relationship has cemented the importance of the arts to the cultural fabric of Los Angeles.