ALVIN AILEY announces two week Lincoln Center engagement

March 24, 2015

 

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ROBERT BATTLE ANNOUNCES TWO-WEEK LINCOLN CENTER ENGAGEMENT JUNE 10 - 21

 

AMERICA’S CULTURAL AMBASSADOR ALSO TO VISIT PARIS FOR LES ÉTÉS DE LA DANSE INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL JULY 7 – AUGUST 1 AND RETURN TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR PERFORMANCES IN JOHANNESBURG AND CAPE TOWN SEPTEMBER 3 - 20

 

Diverse Repertory for 15-Performance Engagement at David H. Koch Theater Features

World Premiere Exodus by Rennie Harris, Company Premiere of Robert Battle’s No Longer Silent, New Productions of Talley Beatty’s Toccata and Judith Jamison’s A Case of You  

 

Lincoln Center season tickets starting at $25 go on sale April 13, 2015.

 

New York – March 24, 2015 – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, will return to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for a two-week 15-performance engagement at the David H. Koch Theater June 10 – 21, 2015.  Today, Artistic Director Robert Battle announced repertory for the season highlighted by Exodus, a world premiere from bold hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris, the company premiere of Battle’s No Longer Silent, and new productions of Talley Beatty’s Toccata and Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison’s A Case of You duet from Reminiscin’. 

 

Recognized by U.S. Congressional Resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” the Ailey company also announced major international appearances for 2015.  A four-week engagement at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet for Les Étés de la Danse International Dance Festival will take place July 7 – August 1.  After 17 years, a historic return to South Africa has been scheduled from September 3 - 20 with performances in Johannesburg and Cape Town.  Extensive educational activities in area schools, communities and townships will occur, similar to Ailey’s historic 1997 residency in post-apartheid South Africa following the lifting of the international cultural boycott.  Covered by Time, the magazine proclaimed that “The Ailey company’s tour leaves South Africa dancing in the aisles.” The residency in South Africa is made possible by lead sponsor Bloomberg Philanthropies with major support from the Ford Foundation and assistance from travel and freight partners South African Airways and South African Airways Cargo. 

 

“Alvin Ailey was posthumously awarded the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian honor.  25 years after his passing, the power of his enduring legacy continues to extend from New York to far-reaching international tours and memorable visits to communities around the globe,” stated Robert Battle, Artistic Director since 2011.  “Mr. Ailey said it so well; ‘Dance came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people.'  I’m proud to lead the Company back to South Africa for the first time this century and excited for audiences there and in New York and Paris to experience uplifting performances by the world’s most amazing dancers."

 

The 2015 Lincoln Center engagement opens on Wednesday, June 10th at 7pm with The Ailey Spirit Gala benefit honoring the Ford Foundation.  Sponsored by FedEx Corporation, the benefit will raise vital funds to support scholarships for talented students of The Ailey School and Ailey’s extensive Arts In Education & Community Programs.  Along with the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the one-night-only opening performance celebration will include appearances by the rising stars of Ailey II, gifted young dancers from The Ailey School, and blossoming students from AileyCamp.   A soirée on the promenade follows the performance and tickets are available online at alvinailey.org/ailey-spirit-gala or by calling 212-405-9031.

 

Exodus, a world premiere by bold hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris being created especially for the engagement, will debut on Thursday, June 11th, along with a new production of Talley Beatty’s Toccata.  The highly anticipated Exodus, set to gospel and house music along with poetic narration, explores the idea of “exodus” – from one’s ignorance and conformity – as a necessary step toward enlightenment.   Known to mix hip hop with Shakespeare, poetry, and gospel music, Harris has been credited with introducing the African-American dance form to a worldwide audience and revolutionizing contemporary concert dance.  Toccata, crafted in 1960, is an episode from Talley Beatty’s longer work Come and Get the Beauty of it Hot.  Described as “set in the streets of New York” and with music by Grammy Award-winner Lalo Schiffrin, the ballet incorporates nuances of classic and other dance styles in a jazz idiom.

 

The Wednesday, June 17th program will feature A Case of You, an emotional and sensual duet performed to Diana Krall’s version of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You”  from Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison’s Reminiscin’ (2005), and the company premiere of Robert Battle’s No Longer Silent.   Powerful phrases stir the imagination with images of flight and fatigue, chaos and unity, and collectivity and individualism as dancers travel in military rows in No Longer Silent.  Performed to Erwin Schulhoff’s percussive score “Ogelala,” Robert Battle created it in 2007 for his alma mater, The Juilliard School, for a concert of choreography that brought to life long-forgotten scores by composers whose work the Nazis had banned. 

 

Ailey’s acclaimed dancers will perform a diverse repertory that includes encore performances of 2014-15 season premieres and new productions by Matthew Rushing, Christopher Wheeldon, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Hofesh Shechter, and Ulysses Dove.

 

The Associated Press asserted that “…the timing could hardly be more apt for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s new civil rights-themed piece” ODETTA, a 2014-15 season world premiere choreographed by renowned Ailey dancer Matthew Rushing.  The tribute is set to the musical repertoire of celebrated singer and civil rights activist Odetta Holmes, who was known as “the voice of the Civil Rights Movement” and anointed  “the queen of American folk music” by Martin Luther King, Jr. 

 

Christopher Wheeldon’s dreamlike After the Rain Pas de Deux – praised for its sublime simplicity and intricate partnering – was an instant hit at New York City Ballet in 2005.  Set to music by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the sensual male-female pas de deux is revealed in a fresh light as the Ailey dancers make it their own.

 

Jacqulyn Buglisi’s Suspended Women is a mesmerizing ensemble piece created in 2000, illuminating the challenges and strength of women across the ages.  Set to music by Maurice Ravel, with interpolations composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain, it is recognized as one of the signature works by this celebrated former Martha Graham dancer, choreographer and master teacher.

 

Created in 2006, Hofesh Shechter’s acclaimed Uprising features seven men who bombard the stage with intensity in an exhilarating work set to a percussive score by the choreographer himself.  Utilizing a movement style that is primal and imbued with high-tension energy, the 39-year-old Israeli-born Shechter has risen to become one of Europe’s most sought-after dance creators since his move to London in 2002.

 

In a new production of Ulysses Dove’s Bad Blood, emotional passion and kinetic energy encapsulate the powerful yet extremely tender war between the sexes.  The work features music by Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel and was originally staged on Ailey in 1986.  It is the fourth of seven ballets mounted on the Company by Dove, who is is hailed as one of the most exciting choreographers to emerge in the latter half of the 20th century.

 

In addition to Alvin Ailey’s must-see American classic Revelations, other works to be performed include repertory favorites Night Creature, Alvin Ailey’s homage to the musical genius of eminent American composter Duke Ellington; the spiritually-charged work Grace by celebrated choreographer Ronald K. Brown; Chroma, a 2013 company premiere filled with layered, beautiful dancing and astonishing lifts by multi award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor; and Battle’s own high-flying and humorous solo, Takademe.

 

A free question-and-answer session with Ailey’s much-admired dancers will follow the inspiring finale of Revelations on the Family Matinee performances scheduled for Saturday, June 13th and 20th at 2pm. 

 

Tickets starting at $25 can be purchased beginning April 13th at the David H. Koch Box Office, by phone at 212-496-0600, and online at www.alvinailey.org.  For further information about discounts for groups, students, and Ailey’s tour performances, please visit www.alvinailey.org.  Program schedule for engagements in New York, Paris, Johannesburg and Cape Town is detailed below.

 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is currently on an 18-city coast-to-coast national tour that ends in the tri-state area on Mother’s Day weekend from May 8 - 10 at the beautiful Prudential Hall of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, where Ailey is the Principal Resident Affiliate.  For schedule and tickets, visit www.njpac.org. 

 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gratefully acknowledges the support of Diageo

 

The 2014-2015 season is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

 

The Ailey Spirit Gala is sponsored by FedEx Corporation.

 

Bloomberg Philanthropies is the Lead Sponsor of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s

2015 South Africa Tour.

 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s South Africa Tour is supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s travel and freight partners for the 2015 South Africa Tour are

South African Airways and South African Airways Cargo.

 

 

CALENDAR LISTING INFORMATION

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, will present a two-week, 15-performance engagement at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater June 10-21, 2015.  Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s acclaimed dancers will perform a diverse repertory featuring Exodus, a world premiere by bold hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris, the company premiere of Robert Battle’s No Longer Silent and new productions of Talley Beatty’s Toccata and Judith Jamison’s A Case of You duet from Reminiscin’.  Other highlights include encores of this season’s premieres and repertory favorites, including Matthew Rushing’s ODETTA, Ronald K. Brown’s spiritually-charged Grace and Alvin Ailey’s must-see American masterpiece Revelations.  Tickets starting at $25 are on sale beginning April 13th and can be purchased at the David H. Koch Box Office, by phone at 212-496-0600, or online at www.alvinailey.org. Student tickets may be available on the day of the performance for $15 at the box office with a valid student ID (one per student – subject to availability).  On Saturday afternoons, bring the whole family to enjoy the matinee and stay afterward for a free Q & A with the Ailey dancers in the theater. Additional discounts for groups of 10 or more are now available by phone 212-405-9082 or e-mail groupsales@alvinailey.org.   For further information about Ailey’s performances, please visit www.alvinailey.org.

 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

June 10 – 21, 2015 at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater

20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY (Columbus Avenue at 63rd Street)

(212) 496-0600 / www.davidhkochtheater.com

Programming – Subject to Change

Wednesday, 6/10 – 7:00pm – The Ailey Spirit Gala – performances by Ailey Camp, The Ailey School, Ailey II, and

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, including Revelations

Thursday, 6/11 – 7:30pm Toccata, After The Rain / Exodus / Revelations

Friday, 6/12 – 8:00pm ODETTA / Suspended Women, In/Side* / Revelations

*Saturday, 6/13 – 2:00pm Toccata, After The Rain / Exodus / Revelations

                 *Family Matinee - followed by a Post-Performance Q&A session with the dancers

Saturday, 6/13 – 8:00pm Bad Blood / Uprising / ODETTA

Sunday, 6/14 – 3:00pm ODETTA / Bad Blood / Revelations

Sunday, 6/14 – 7:30pm Toccata, After The Rain / Exodus / Revelations

Tuesday, 6/16 – 7:30pm Chroma / Grace / Takademe, Revelations

Wednesday, 6/17 – 7:30pm Night Creature, A Case of You / No Longer Silent / Revelations

Thursday, 6/18 – 7:30pm Chroma / Grace / Takademe, Revelations

Friday, 6/19 – 8:00pm Exodus / Suspended Women, Takademe* / Revelations

*Saturday, 6/20 – 2:00pm Toccata, After The Rain / Exodus / Revelations

                    *Family Matinee - followed by a Post-Performance Q&A session with the dancers

Saturday, 6/20 – 8:00pm Night Creature, A Case of You / No Longer Silent / Revelations

Sunday, 6/21 – 3:00pm Bad Blood / Uprising / ODETTA

Sunday, 6/21 – 7:30pm Exodus, Strange Humors* / No Longer Silent / Revelations

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The 2015 Lincoln Center Engagement:  Highlights

Artistic Director Robert Battle and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will present a two-week 15-performance engagement at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater from June 10th to 21st, 2015.  Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s acclaimed dancers will perform a diverse repertory featuring Exodus, a world premiere by bold hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris, the company premiere of Robert Battle’s No Longer Silent and new productions of Talley Beatty’s Toccata and Judith Jamison’s A Case of You duet from Reminiscin’.  Other highlights include encores of this season’s premieres and repertory favorites, including Matthew Rushing’s ODETTA, Ronald K. Brown’s spiritually-charged Grace, and Alvin Ailey’s must-see American masterpiece Revelations.    

 

WORLD PREMIERES

Exodus (World Premiere)

Choreography by Rennie Harris                                                                                

 Music: Various

Acclaimed hip hop choreographer Rennie (Lorenzo) Harris creates a highly-anticipated world premiere that explores the idea of “exodus” – from one’s ignorance and conformity – as a necessary step toward enlightenment. Set to gospel and house music along with poetic narration, the work underscores the crucial role of action and movement in effecting change. Exemplifying his view of hip hop as a “celebration of life,” Exodus marks Harris’ latest invitation to return to spiritual basics and affirm who we are.  Mr. Harris’ previous contributions to the Ailey repertory include Home (2011) and Love Stories (2004), the latter of which was a collaboration with Judith Jamison and Robert Battle. Known to mix hip- hop with Shakespeare, poetry, and gospel music, Harris has been credited with introducing the African-American dance form to a worldwide audience and revolutionizing contemporary concert dance.

 

ODETTA (2014)

Choreography by Matthew Rushing                                                                                         

Music:  Odetta Holmes

Odetta Holmes – one of the most influential singers of the 20th century – is rediscovered as renowned Ailey dancer Matthew Rushing marries soul-stirring movement to songs by the artist anointed “the queen of American folk music” by Martin Luther King, Jr.  Rushing’s world premiere for Ailey, created with the support of commissioning funds from New York City Center, will pay tribute to Holmes's life as a singer, songwriter, actress, activist and "the voice of the Civil Rights Movement” in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.   With a musical repertoire encompassing American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals, Odetta influenced many key figures of the 1960s folk-revival scene, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin. Her song "Take This Hammer" was included on TIME magazine's list of the All-Time 100 Songs. ODETTA is Matthew Rushing's third ballet created for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater following Acceptance In Surrender (2005), a collaboration with Hope Boykin and Abdur Rahim-Jackson, and Uptown (2010), a celebration of the Harlem Renaissance.  Matthew Rushing comments: “Last year, Robert Battle approached me about choreographing a ballet to the music of Odetta Holmes and I jumped at the chance! I created ODETTA to give homage to a musician, a vocal artist, a humanitarian, and a civil rights activist. After spending much time researching her work, listening to countless albums, and watching a great deal of interview footage, I decided on a selection of songs that became the building blocks of the ballet.  I’m so excited to share Odetta’s legacy through the art of dance. I want to introduce her to Ailey audiences around the world, so that she may continue to impact and change lives through Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.”

 

COMPANY PREMIERES & NEW PRODUCTIONS

A Case of You (excerpt from Reminiscin’ – 2005 / New Production – 2015)

Choreography by Judith Jamison                                                                      Music: Joni Mitchell, Performed by Diana Krall

A Case of You is an emotional and sensual duet from Judith Jamison’s Reminiscin’ (2005), performed to Diana Krall’s version of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You.”  Reminiscin’ was inspired by Edward Hopper's famous painting Nighthawks and great female jazz artists, to which it was performed, like Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Regina Carter, and Diana Krall.

 

No Longer Silent (2007 / Ailey Company Premiere 2015)

Choreography: Robert Battle                                                                                                         Music: Erwin Schulhoff

No Longer Silent is a large ensemble work featuring the imaginative interplay of four groups of dancers evoking a complex and mysterious ritual to Erwin Schulhoff’s percussive score “Ogelala.”  Originally created in 2007 for The Juilliard School, Robert Battle’s alma mater, it was part of a concert of choreography that brought to life long-forgotten scores by composers whose work the Nazis had banned.  Powerful phrases stir the imagination with images of flight and fatigue, chaos and unity, and collectivity and individualism as dancers travel in military rows.  Created between 1922-1924, the music tells the story of a pre-Columbian Mexican warrior and its ever-shifting mechanical cadence is the backdrop against which the dancers, dressed in all black, dramatically build to the work’s piercing conclusion.  Lamentably, the composer was denied employment after the Germans occupied Czechoslovakia and, after being prevented from emigrating, died of tuberculosis in the Wülzburg concentration camp in 1942.

 

Toccata (1960 / New Production 2015) 

Choreography by Talley Beatty                                                                               Music: Lalo Schiffrin (“Gillespiana”)

An episode from Talley Beatty’s longer work Come and Get the Beauty of it Hot, Toccata is described as “set in streets of New York” and incorporates nuances of classic and other dance styles in a jazz idiom. Set to music by Grammy Award-winning Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin, the piece contains a sequence of ensembles, duets and trios that are danced in an almost declamatory manner as the dancers project their movements toward the audience and seldom toward themselves.  Talley Beatty (1918-1995) began his career as dancer with the Katherine Dunham Company and toured Europe, the US, and Canada with his own company.  He appeard in films, Broadway shows, and was nominated for a 1977 Tony Award as Best Choreographer for Your Arm's Too Short to Box with God.  Dance companies that have mounted his ballets include: Dance Theatre of Harlem, Batsheva Dance Company, Koln Opera Ballet, Boston Ballet, Stockholm Dance Theatre and Ballet Hispanico.  The Ailey company has staged a number of his major works, including The Road of the Phoebe Snow (1959), Come and Get the Beauty of it Hot (1960), The Stack-Up (1983), and Blueshift (1984). 

 

After the Rain Pas de Deux (2005)

Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon                                                                                                             Music: Arvo Pärt

An instant hit at New York City Ballet in 2005, Christopher Wheeldon’s dreamlike duet – praised for its sublime simplicity and intricate partnering – is revealed in a fresh light as the Ailey dancers make it their own.  Set to music by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the sensual male-female pas de deux has resonated deeply with audiences and will be the first work by Christopher Wheeldon to enter the Ailey repertory.  Dance Magazine described After the Rain as “an intelligently, masterfully choreographed ballet that strikes an emotional chord. The still point at the heart of the work lingers long after the curtain has descended.”  Robert Battle comments: “Usually set on more classical companies, it has a very modern sensibility, in the way Wheeldon uses the torso and the shifting of weight. It’s minimal yet passionate, and every gesture is completely necessary to the way it captures the beauty, complexity and simplicity of relationships.”

 

Suspended Women (2000)

Choreography by Jacqulyn Buglisi               Music: Maurice Ravel, Music interpolations by Daniel Bernard Roumain

A mesmerizing ensemble work illuminating the challenges and strength of women across the ages, Jacqulyn Buglisi’s Suspended Women is set to music by Maurice Ravel, with interpolations composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain.    Created in 2000 and now recognized as one of Buglisi’s signature works, it is the first piece by this celebrated former Martha Graham dancer, choreographer and master teacher to be performed by Ailey.  Called a “…complicated delight…” by New York magazine, Dance Magazine described Buglisi’s choreography as a series of “images that seduce the eye as much as the imagination, with shapes, luminous textures, and stilled moments in time that offer an adventure in perception.” Robert Battle comments: “This piece shows archetypes of women throughout history—the challenges they’ve endured and continue to endure. It’s very virtuosic, but it also has a wonderful sense of drama, evoking strength, vulnerability and sisterhood. All of that makes it perfect for the women of Ailey.”

 

Uprising (2006)

Choreography by Hofesh Shechter                                     Music: Hofesh Shechter, additional music by Vex’d

Created in 2006, Hofesh Shechter’s critically-acclaimed Uprising features seven men who bombard the stage with intensity in an exhilarating work set to a percussive score by the choreographer himself.  Utilizing a movement style that is primal and imbued with a certain high-tension energy, and a natural ability to deal with big themes, the 39-year-old Israeli-born Shechter has risen to become one of Europe’s most sought-after dance creators since his move to London in 2002.  Uprising is the first work by Schechter to enter the Ailey repertory. Robert Battle comments: “Shechter’s work is very physical and almost primal. In Uprising he was inspired by the dynamics of urban unrest, so it explores the human instinct for aggression and how that manifests—how camaraderie and kids’ games can escalate into something more dangerous. I’m curious to see what the men in our company will bring to the piece, and what audiences will take away.”

 

Bad Blood (1986)

Choreography by Ulysses Dove                                                                   Music: Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel

In Bad Blood, emotional passion and kinetic, athletic energy encapsulate the powerful yet extremely tender war between the sexes, asking the question “can we be a duo and an individual at the same time?”  With music by Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel, Bad Blood was the precursor to two other phenomenal Ulysses Dove ballets on the same theme, Episodes and Urban Folk Dance, and the fourth of what would eventually be seven Dove ballets performed by the Ailey dancers.  Ulysses Dove has been hailed as one of the most exciting choreographers to emerge in the latter half of the 20th century, renowned for a style that merged the influences of his choreographic mentors, Alvin Ailey and Merce Cunningham.  Robert Battle comments: “Dove was a risk taker, and he was very urgent about what he had to say. He uses minimal language to make profound statements about relationships, both brutal and tender. I feel his life force in the work; every time I watch it I’m on the edge of my seat.”

 

REPERTORY FAVORITES

Strange Humors (1998/Ailey Company Premiere 2012)

Choreography: Robert Battle                                                                                                     Music: John Mackey

Artistic Director Robert Battle’s Strange Humors is a thrillingly intense duet set to John Mackey’s propulsive score for strings and African drum.  This riveting company premiere pits two men against each other in surprising sequences that ignite with aggression and discord, mischievousness and humor, as the relationship between the two dancers builds to an exciting crescendo.

 

In/Side (2008/Ailey Company Premiere 2009)                                                                    

Choreography: Robert Battle                                                                                                     Music: Nina Simone

The vivid emotions of Nina Simone’s “Wild is the Wind” play out in Robert Battle’s gripping solo.  The bold, unrestrained style that has become his signature is evinced in this visceral cry of pure physicality.

 

Chroma (2006/Ailey Company Premiere 2013)

Choreography: Wayne McGregor                                                                                                            Music: Jack White III

Filled with layered, beautiful dancing and astonishing lifts, Chroma marks the first time a work by multi award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor appears in the Ailey repertory. Created in 2006 for The Royal Ballet, the piece has a driving score by Joby Talbot and orchestrations of music by Jack White III of The White Stripes and a luminous set by minimalist architect John Pawson.

 

Takademe (1999 / Ailey Company Premiere 2011)

Choreography by Robert Battle                                                                                                      Music: Sheila Chandra

The complex, tightly woven rhythms of Indian Kathak dance are deconstructed and abstracted in this percussive, fast-paced work, where clear shapes and propulsive jumps mimic the vocalized rhythmic syllables of Sheila Chandra’s jazzy score.

 

Grace (1999 / New Production - 2012)

Choreography by Ronald K. Brown         Music: Duke Ellington, Roy Davis Jr., Paul Johnson & Fela Anikulapo Kuti

This landmark creation for Ailey returned to the Ailey repertory in a rapturous, spiritually-charged new production for the 2012-13 season.  Infused with Brown’s signature blend of modern dance and West African idioms, this moving journey acknowledging the grace that surrounds us all is set to Duke Ellington's classic "Come Sunday," Roy Davis' hit "Gabriel," and the powerful rhythms of Fela Kuti's Afro-Pop. 

 

Night Creature (1975)

Choreography by Alvin Ailey                                                                                                             Music: Duke Ellington

A bubbly champagne cocktail of a dance, Night Creature perfectly fuses Alvin Ailey’s buoyant choreography and Duke Ellington’s sparkling music in a definitive homage to The Duke’s jazz that remains one of Mr. Ailey’s most popular works.  Ellington said “night creatures, unlike stars, do not come OUT at night­– they come ON, each thinking that, before the night is out, he or she will be the star.” The large ensemble work is full of stars - strutting, leaping and slinking using modern dance, classical ballet and jazz.

 

Revelations (1960)

Choreography by Alvin Ailey                                                                                                 Music: Traditional Spirituals

More than just a popular dance work, Revelations has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans.  An American classic acclaimed as a must‐see for all, Alvin Ailey’s signature masterpiece is a tribute to his heritage and genius. Using African-American spirituals, the work fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. 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.”

 

 

Paris, France     July 7-August 1            Théâtre du Châtelet                           (+33) 1 40 28 28 28 / www.chatelet-theatre.com

Tuesday, 7/7 – 8:00pm LIFT / After the Rain Pas de Deux, Four Corners / Revelations

Wednesday, 7/8 – 2:00pm D-Man in the Waters, Revelations

Wednesday, 7/8 – 8:00pm Polish Pieces, Strange Humors / D-Man in the Waters, Takademe / Grace

Thursday, 7/9 – 8:00pm GALA:  excerpts of LIFT, Polish Pieces, Strange Humors, Four Corners,

Bad Blood, After the Rain Pas de Deux, Awassa Astrige/Ostrich, excerpts of Grace / Revelations

Friday, 7/10 – 8:00pm Home / After the Rain Pas de Deux, The Hunt / Minus 16

Saturday, 7/11 – 3:00pm LIFT / Pas de Duke, Four Corners / Revelations

Saturday, 7/11 – 8:00pm Polish Pieces, After the Rain Pas de Deux / Pas de Duke, The Hunt / Grace

Monday, 7/13 – 8:00pm LIFT / Awassa Astrige/Ostrich, Bad Blood / Minus 16

Tuesday, 7/14 – 8:00pm Night Creature, Pas de Duke / The River / Revelations

Wednesday, 7/15 – 8:00pm Four Corners, After the Rain Pas de Deux / Bad Blood / Home

Thursday, 7/16 – 8:00pm Exodus / Four Corners, Takademe / LIFT

Friday, 7/17– 8:00pm Polish Pieces, Strange Humors / D-Man in the Waters, Takademe / Home

Saturday, 7/18 – 3:00pm Night Creature, Pas de Duke / The River / Revelations

Saturday, 7/18 – 8:00pm Exodus / Grace / LIFT

Monday, 7/20 – 8:00pm Bad Blood, After the Rain Pas de Deux / Grace / Revelations

Tuesday, 7/21 – 8:00pm Polish Pieces, Strange Humors / After the Rain Pas de Deux, The Hunt / Home

Wednesday, 7/22 – 8:00pm Night Creature, After the Rain Pas de Deux / Exodus / Minus 16

Thursday, 7/23 – 8:00pm Polish Pieces, Awassa Astrige/Ostrich / D-Man in the Waters, Takademe / Grace

Friday, 7/24– 8:00pm Night Creature, Pas de Duke / The River / Revelations

Saturday, 7/25 – 3:00pm LIFT / Exodus / Revelations

Saturday, 7/25 – 8:00pm Grace / After the Rain Pas de Deux, The Hunt / Minus 16

Monday, 7/27 – 8:00pm Polish Pieces, Pas de Duke / Strange Humors, Four Corners / Home

Tuesday, 7/28 – 8:00pm D-Man in the Waters, Takademe / Exodus / Minus 16

Wednesday, 7/29 – 8:00pm Bad Blood / After the Rain Pas de Deux, The Hunt / LIFT

Thursday, 7/30 – 8:00pm Night Creature, Pas de Duke / The River / Revelations

Friday, 7/31– 8:00pm Grace / After the Rain Pas de Deux, Bad Blood / Minus 16

Saturday, 8/1 – 3:00pm Polish Pieces, Awassa Astrige/Ostrich / Takademe, Four Corners / Home

Saturday, 8/1 – 8:00pm LIFT / Grace / After the Rain Pas de Deux, Revelations

 

Johannesburg, South Africa     September 3-13   Teatro at Montecasino    +27 11 510 7000 / www.montecasino.co.za

Thursday, 9/3 @ 8:00pm A: Polish Pieces, Takademe / Grace / Revelations

Friday, 9/4 @ 8:00pm B: Night Creature, After the Rain Pas de Deux / Exodus / Revelations

Saturday, 9/5 @ 2:00pm A: Polish Pieces, Takademe / Grace / Revelations

Saturday, 9/5 @ 8:00pm B: Night Creature, After the Rain Pas de Deux / Exodus / Revelations

Sunday, 9/6 @ 1:30pm A: Polish Pieces, Takademe / Grace / Revelations

Sunday, 9/6 @ 6:30pm B: Night Creature, After the Rain Pas de Deux / Exodus / Revelations

Wednesday, 9/9 @ 8:00pm A: Polish Pieces, Takademe / Grace / Revelations

Thursday, 9/10 @ 8:00pm B: Night Creature, After the Rain Pas de Deux / Exodus / Revelations

Friday, 9/11 @ 8:00pm A: Polish Pieces, Takademe / Grace / Revelations

Saturday, 9/12 @ 2:00pm B: Night Creature, After the Rain Pas de Deux / Exodus / Revelations

Saturday, 9/12 @ 8:00pm A: Polish Pieces, Takademe / Grace / Revelations

Sunday, 9/13 @ 1:30pm B: Night Creature, After the Rain Pas de Deux / Exodus / Revelations

Sunday, 9/13 @ 6:30pm A: Polish Pieces, Takademe / Grace / Revelations

 

Cape Town, South Africa September 16 – September 20 - Opera House, Artscape +27 21 410-9800 / www.artscape.co.za/venues/opera-house

Wednesday, 9/16 @ 8:00pm B: Night Creature, After the Rain Pas de Deux / Exodus / Revelations

Thursday, 9/17 @ 8:00pm A: Polish Pieces, Takademe / Grace / Revelations

Friday, 9/18 @ 8:00pm B: Night Creature, After the Rain Pas de Deux / Exodus / Revelations

Saturday, 9/19 @ 2:00pm A: Polish Pieces, Takademe / Grace / Revelations

Saturday, 9/19 @ 8:00pm B: Night Creature, After the Rain Pas de Deux / Exodus / Revelations

Sunday, 9/20 @ 1:30pm A: Polish Pieces, Takademe / Grace / Revelations

Sunday, 9/20 @ 6:30pm B: Night Creature, After the Rain Pas de Deux / Exodus / Revelations

 

All Programming – Subject to Change

 

ABOUT ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” grew from a now‐fabled March 1958 performance in New York that forever changed the perception of American dance. Founded by Alvin Ailey, and guided by Judith Jamison beginning in 1989, the Company is now led by Robert Battle, whom Judith Jamison chose to succeed her on July 1, 2011. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 23 million people in 71 countries on 6 continents, promoting the uniqueness of the African‐American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance tradition. In addition to being the Principal Dance Company of New York City Center, where its performances have become a year‐end tradition, the Ailey company performs annually at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami‐Dade County in Miami, The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark  where it is the Principal Resident Affiliate), and appears frequently in other major theaters throughout the United States and the world during extensive yearly tours. The Ailey organization also includes Ailey II (1974), a second performing company of emerging young dancers and innovative choreographers; The Ailey School (1969), one of the most extensive dance training programs in the world; Ailey Arts in Education & Community Programs, which brings dance into the classrooms, communities and lives of people of all ages; and The Ailey Extension (2005), a program offering dance and fitness classes to the general public, which coincided with the opening of Ailey’s permanent home—the largest building dedicated to dance in New York City, the dance capital of the world —named The Joan Weill Center for Dance, at 55th Street at 9th Avenue in New York City.  For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.

 

ABOUT BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Public Health, Environment, Education, Government Innovation and the Arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $462 million. For more information on the philanthropy, please visit bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.

 

 

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