Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Masazumi Chaya, Associate Artistic Director
When Kennedy Center Honoree Alvin Ailey began creating dances nearly 50 years ago, he drew upon his "blood memories" of Texas, the blues, spirituals, and gospel as inspiration. From these rich influences came nearly 80 classic works, including Revelations, his "radiant and timeless" (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) signature masterpiece. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has since become one of the most esteemed international ambassadors of American culture, whose "phenomenal popularity is unmatched by any other company in the world" (The New York Times).
Today, Alvin Ailey's legacy continues through the leadership of Artistic Director Judith Jamison, herself a Kennedy Center Honoree as well as an Emmy winner and National Medal of Arts recipient. During the company's annual engagement in February 2005, the Washington Post praised its "brilliant dancers, capable of infusing choreography… with humanity and virtuosity." Revelations will be among the company's week of mixed programs in 2006, which also promise a fascinating combination of audience favorites and new dances by some of today's most inventive choreographers.
"An improbable force of dance nature" --The San Francisco Chronicle
"Offering the most gorgeous dancing you ever did see" --New York Magazine
PERFORMANCE PLUS™ free post-performance discussion immediately following the February 11 matinee performance, free with your ticket. Running time: approx. 30 minutes
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, 7 p.m. Shining Star (David Parsons) Solo (Hans van Manen) Reminiscin' (Judith Jamison) Revelations (Alvin Ailey) Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006, 7:30 p.m. Ife/My Heart (Ronald K. Brown) Urban Folk Dance (Ulysses Dove) Caught (David Parsons) Revelations Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, 7:30 p.m. Love Stories (Judith Jamison with Robert Battle and Rennie Harris) Witness (Alvin Ailey) Acceptance In Surrender (Hope Boykin, Abdur-Rahim Jackson, and Matthew Rushing) The Winter in Lisbon (Billy Wilson)