Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Performs Revelations and More
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Featured review from David Kimball
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The dancing was spectacular. Perpetual motion. I loved that they were real people dancing with with people (as opposed to other dance groups where they are very inpersonal in their dancing). And the music was moving. If that didn't move you, you were unmovable.
However the venue was poo. (Not the fault of Goldstar.) The tickets were supposedly on the "first balcony" but that's because they call their first balcony something else. It was way up in the nosebleed section. Also, the elevator does not go to the balcony so there were a tremendous amount of stairs to climb. From our seats, the dancers looked only two inches high.
But the dancing was worth the poor seats.
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Alvin Ailey was fabulous!! I have been seeing them for at least twenty years and they never disappoint. I liked the retrospect film for the 50 year celebration also.
Modern dance with soulful music. You could really feel the emotions of the...continued
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See preview videos and more at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s official website.
One of the world’s favorite dance companies returns to show off the brilliant artistry and passionate energy that bring audiences around the globe to their feet night after night. What makes this phenomenal company so special is the incomparable sense of joy, freedom and spirit that the dancers and audiences share. Discover for yourself what millions of fans already know – you don’t just see an Ailey performance, you feel it.
Choreographer: George Faison
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.
Choreographer: Alvin Ailey
Alvin Ailey choreographed his stupendous signature solo _Cry _as a birthday present for his dignified mother, Mrs. Lula Cooper, and created the dance on… his stunning muse, Judith Jamison. Mrs. Cooper, Ms. Jamison and Carmen de Lavallade could be considered the archetypal Ailey woman – a role that has been passed on to all the women in the Ailey ranks to whom Ms. Jamison has taught this solo.
_Choreographer: Robert Battle
- Artistic Director Designate Robert Battle’s athletic work for six men reveals the predatory side of human nature and the primitive thrill of the hunt…. A thundering percussion soundtrack by Les Tambours du Bronx drives the explosive movement that runs the gamut from modern sports to the rituals of the gladiators. This is Mr. Battle’s sixth work for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Choreographer: Alvin Ailey
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 traditional spirituals, this suite fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.
_The program is current at time of publication, but is subject to change.