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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - Sunday, February 7, 2010

Contemporary Dance

America's cultural ambassador to the world, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is dedicated to promoting African American cultural expression and modern American dance.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
JUDITH JAMISON, Artistic Director
Masazumi Chaya, Associate Artistic Director

"A company that clearly believes that dance is a gift to be shared with the audience"
--The New York Times
"Its never-fail dependability--superlative dancers, tight, driving works--is surely unbeaten in the dance world."
--The Washington Post
Named America's Cultural Ambassador to the World, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has brought African American cultural expression and the American modern dance tradition to audiences around the globe for more than 50 years. The genius of Alvin Ailey forever changed the perception of American dance; today, the legacy continues with Kennedy Center Honoree Judith Jamison's remarkable vision and the extraordinary artistry of the Company's dancers. This season celebrates Judith Jamison's 20th anniversary as artistic director.
For its annual Kennedy Center engagement, the company presents a week of mixed programs that promise audience favorites as well as new works by today's most inventive choreographers. And to further delight the company's devoted fans, each program features Revelations, Alvin Ailey's "ever-touching" and "enduring megahit" (The Washington Post). Scroll down for Performance Schedule.
Choreographer Ronald K. Brown pays tribute to Jamison's profound influence with the D.C. premiere of Dancing Spirit. Set to music by Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis, Radiohead, and War, Brown's evocative choreography uses movement from Cuba, Brazil, and the United States.

Talley Beatty's The Stack-Up is an emotional work adapted from a Romare Bearden painting to music by Earth, Wind and Fire.

Ulysses Dove's Bad Blood is a powerful work about couples and relationships danced to a score that uses excerpts from Laurie Anderson's recording, ''Gravity's Angel.'

Characters from all walks of life come together in Among Us (Private Spaces: Public Places), Jamison's new collection of vignettes examining the joys and complications of human relationships. Original music by composer Eric Lewis and costumes by award-winning designer Paul Tazewell are inspired by a series of Jamison's own drawings.
A new production of Jamison's stunning, Emmy Award–winning 1993 tribute to Ailey, Hymn, uses explosive, full company dances and quiet solos to illuminate Ailey's humanity and the dancers' unique qualities.
In Uptown, take a vibrant tour through the Harlem Renaissance era in all its boisterous, swinging glory. In this new ballet by magnificent, 18-year Company veteran Matthew Rushing, legends like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Josephine Baker, and their contemporaries come alive to the music of Fats Waller, Eubie Blake, and others.
Ailey's Night Creature contrasts classically choreographed ballet with Ellington's jazz idiom--the dance captivates with Ailey's sexy nocturnal rituals that propel the movement into a fast-paced climactic catharsis.
Otis Redding's sassy, sizzling music sets the stage for Suite Otis, George Faison's playful battle of the sexes. The yearning sensuality of Redding's timeless songs bursts through this sexy, charming, and witty suite.
The vivid emotions of Nina Simone's "Wild is the Wind" play out in In/Side, Robert Battle's gripping solo. The bold, unrestrained style that has become his signature is evinced in this visceral cry of pure physicality.

Explore the Arts: Post-performance discussion on Saturday, February 6 (matinee only), FREE with your performance ticket.

Tue., Feb. 2 at 7 p.m., Fri., Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m., & Sat., Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Special Repertory Highlights: excerpts from Beatty's The Stack-Up, Dove's Bad Blood, and Jamison's Among Us (Private Spaces: Public Places)Uptown / Revelations
Wed., Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Night Creature / Hymn / Revelations
Thu., Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Night Creature / Among Us (Private Spaces: Public Places) / Revelations
Sat., Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. & Sun., Feb. 7 at 1:30 p.m.
Suite Otis / In/Side, Dancing Spirit / Revelations

Timings:  All programs run approximately 2 hours, including two 15-minute intermissions.