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New York City Center
131 West 55th Street New York City, NY 10019
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6 reviews
2 stars
attended Dec 06 2008

Well done, very very good performances by the dancers and well put together... I give it 5 stars...

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2 reviews
2 stars
attended Dec 07 2008

I was inspired, I cried, I clapped and I left the theater smiling. A MUST see for anyone who needs a little extra bounce in their step during these tough times.

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4 reviews
1 stars
attended Dec 06 2008

I have been a fan of Alvin Ailey for the past 30 years. This was a beautiful and outstanding permance. The seats were great. Well done Goldstar and Thank you.

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Quotes & Highlights

Learn more about the programs and see AAADT’s full performance schedule.
Following the Saturday matinee, the entire audience is invited to engage in a free question and answer session with the Ailey dancers in the theater.

Description

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 50th anniversary season at New York City Center) is a once-in-a-lifetime, can’t-miss event, featuring Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Grammy Award-winning vocalists Sweet Honey In The Rock, world premieres, new productions, and a special Anniversary Highlights program. This is the year to see Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater! Join the celebration as America’s cultural ambassador to the world marks its 50th anniversary of taking African-American cultural expression and the American modern dance tradition to the world’s stages. Discover for yourself what millions of fans already know: You don’t just see an Ailey performance; you feel it.

December 6, 2:00pm: Family Matinee: Night Creature, Unfold, Memoria, Revelations

Night Creature: One of Ailey’s most classically choreographed ballets juxtaposed within Ellington’s jazz idiom — the dance captivates with Ailey’s nocturnal rituals that propel the movement into a fast paced climatic catharsis. Ellington first composed the phenomenal “Suite For Orchestra” in 1955, later adding the second and third movements in 1963. Night Creature is the definitive Ailey homage to the exuberance of The Duke’s jazz.

Unfold: Robert Battle’s sensuous, swirling duet evokes the tenderness and ecstasy in Gustave Charpentier’s aria, sung by the exquisite diva Leontyne Price. With its fluid grace, this gem exemplifies the choreographer’s skill for nuanced gesture and vivid imagery.

Memoria: In October 1979, Alvin Ailey’s close friend and colleague, Joyce Trisler, died prematurely at the age of 45.  Ms. Trisler was a dancer-choreographer and master teacher and was a member of the Lester Horton Dance Theater in Los Angles with Mr. Ailey.  Using a large ensemble of dancers, this ballet is a choreographic tribute to Joyce Trisler.  “In Memory” is a lyrical elegy in which a woman clad in white evokes the image of Ms. Trisler.  The dancers echo the slow extensions, arabesques, sweeping arms and easy runs of this symbolic mother figure, projecting a transcendent sense of yearning and loss.  The second part, “In Celebration,” is jazzy and colorful, infused with a Latin beat, filling the stage with exuberant energy.  Mr. Ailey dedicated  Memoria  to “the joy … the beauty … the creativity … and the wild spirit of my friend Joyce Trisler.”

Revelations: Alvin Ailey said that one of America’s richest treasures was the cultural heritage of the African-American – ”sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.” This enduring classic is a tribute to that heritage and to Ailey’s genius. Using African-American religious music – spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues – this suite fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

December 7, 3:00pm: Anniversary Highlights, including Revelations

This brand new program features excerpts from many of Alvin Ailey’s most popular and beloved ballets. Spanning each decade of Ailey’s phenomenal career, from the dance that launched the Company in 1958 to his final piece thirty years later, this stunning retrospective demonstrates the tremendous range and resonance of one man’s genius.  Discover rarely-seen gems and revisit favorite works, including the quintessential masterpiece Revelations in its entirety.

*December 7, 7:30pm: Memoria, Flowers, Love Stories

*_Memoria_: In October 1979, Alvin Ailey’s close friend and colleague, Joyce Trisler, died prematurely at the age of 45.  Ms. Trisler was a dancer-choreographer and master teacher and was a member of the Lester Horton Dance Theater in Los Angles with Mr. Ailey.  Using a large ensemble of dancers, this ballet is a choreographic tribute to Joyce Trisler.  “In Memory” is a lyrical elegy in which a woman clad in white evokes the image of Ms. Trisler.  The dancers echo the slow extensions, arabesques, sweeping arms and easy runs of this symbolic mother figure, projecting a transcendent sense of yearning and loss.  The second part, “In Celebration,” is jazzy and colorful, infused with a Latin beat, filling the stage with exuberant energy.  Mr. Ailey dedicated  Memoria  to “the joy … the beauty … the creativity … and the wild spirit of my friend Joyce Trisler.”

Flowers: Inspired by the life of Janis Joplin, Alvin Ailey’s ballet is set to a selection of music by Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd and Blind Faith. More than 30 years after its premiere, Flowers remains a poignant, dramatic chronicle of one woman’s rise and fall as well as a timely statement on voyeurism and the price of fame.

Love Stories: Judith Jamison’s dynamic collaboration with hip-hop pioneer Rennie Harris and modern dance maverick Robert Battle, was inspired by Sankofa, the Akan word which means “go back” (Sanko) and “take” (fa).

*December 9, 7:00pm: The Golden Section, Masekela Langage, Suite Otis

*_The Golden Section: This masterwork_ by Tony Award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp sizzles like never before when performed by the fearless Ailey dancers. Set to a propulsive score by David Byrne, The Golden Section shatters the limits of human physicality with breathtaking leaps, finely-honed partnering and explosive joy. It is “dancing of astonishing beauty and power,” raved The New Yorker.

Masekela Langage: Alvin Ailey’s searing portrait of oppression draws parallels between the era of South African apartheid and the race-induced violence in Chicago during the 1960s.

As trumpeter and composer Hugh Masekela’s driving music propels the dancers through a string of theatrical tableaus, the commanding choreography speaks of passivity, militancy, despair and defiance anywhere, at any time.

Suite Otis: Otis Redding’s sassy, sizzling music sets the stage for George Faison’s playful battle of the sexes.  The yearning sensuality of such timeless songs as “Satisfaction,” “Try a Little Tenderness,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and other favorites bursts through this sexy, charming and witty suite.

December 12, 8:00pm: Festa Barocca, Pas de Duke, Revelations

Festa Barocca: Acclaimed Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti, praised for his fresh and inventive sensibility, brings his distinctly European flair to the Ailey repertory for the first time.  With its Baroque-period inspiration and the swelling music of Georg Friedrich Handel, Festa Barocca is a ballet befitting the grandeur and exuberance of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 50th anniversary celebration – a larger-than-life visual and musical manifestation of beauty in all its forms.

Pas de Duke: 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.”

Revelations: Alvin Ailey said that one of America’s richest treasures was the cultural heritage of the African-American – ”sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.” This enduring classic is a tribute to that heritage and to Ailey’s genius. Using African-American religious music – spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues – this suite fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

December 14, 7:30pm: Suite Otis, Festa Barocca, Revelations

Suite Otis: Otis Redding’s sassy, sizzling music sets the stage for George Faison’s playful battle of the sexes.  The yearning sensuality of such timeless songs as “Satisfaction,” “Try a Little Tenderness,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and other favorites bursts through this sexy, charming and witty suite.

Festa Barocca: Acclaimed Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti, praised for his fresh and inventive sensibility, brings his distinctly European flair to the Ailey repertory for the first time.  With its Baroque-period inspiration and the swelling music of Georg Friedrich Handel, Festa Barocca is a ballet befitting the grandeur and exuberance of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 50th anniversary celebration – a larger-than-life visual and musical manifestation of beauty in all its forms.

Revelations: Alvin Ailey said that one of America’s richest treasures was the cultural heritage of the African-American – ”sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.” This enduring classic is a tribute to that heritage and to Ailey’s genius. Using African-American religious music – spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues – this suite fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

*December 20, 2:00pm: Forebird, Episodes, Love Stories

December 23, 7:00pm: ALL AILEY – Episodes, Solo, Vespers, Revelations*

  • December 24, 8:00pm: Suite Otis, Festa Barocca, Revelations*
  • December 25, 8:00pm: Anniversary Highlights (incl. Revelations)*
  • December 27, 8:00pm: Firebird, Festa Barocca, Revelations*
  • December 28, 3:00pm: The Golden Section, Masekela Langage, Revelations*

*December 28, 7:00pm: ALL AILEY – Blues Suite (performed to Live Music), Flowers, Revelations

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December 30, 7:00pm: Suite Otis, Festa Barocca, Flowers

January 1, 8:00pm: Anniversary Highlights

January 3, 2:00pm: The Groove to Nobody’s Business, Unfold, Episodes, Revelations

*January 4, 3:00pm: The Groove to Nobody’s Business, Treading, Masekela Langage, Suite Otis

January 4, 7:30pm: Best of the Season, Revelations

Judith Jamison Photo © Jack Mitchell (1976)