Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Robert Battle, Artistic Director
Masazumi Chaya, Associate Artistic Director
"The Ailey Company is that rare thing: a dance legend that's even better than you remember it."
--The Independent, UK
"Its never-fail dependability--superlative dancers, tight, driving works--is surely unbeaten in the dance world."
--The Washington Post
One of the world's favorite dance companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, now led by Robert Battle, returns to show off the brilliant artistry and passionate energy that bring audiences around the globe to their feet night after night. The Los Angeles Times says, "The next Ailey era is at hand. It looks bright."
As part of a week of mixed repertory programs, the company called "America's cultural ambassador to the world" includes Revelations, an enduring classic that has been seen by more audiences around the world than any other modern dance. "The crowd starts cheering before the curtain goes up" (The New York Times). This tribute to Ailey's African American heritage uses traditional spirituals to explore the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the human soul.
Also in the engagement are Robert Battle's Takademe and The Hunt, Rennie Harris's Home, Paul Taylor's Arden Court, Ohad Naharin's Minus 16, and Ulysses Dove's Urban Folk Dance, along with Ailey's Streams, Memoria, and his beloved masterpiece Revelations.
For the many people who love Alvin Ailey's work and have been inspired by the great achievements of Judith Jamison and the unsurpassed Ailey dancers, this engagement promises to be just what the Company has always delivered: a revelation.
Performance Timing: All Programs run approximately two hours, with two 15-minute intermissions.
PROGRAM A (Tue., Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m.)
Arden Court / Home / Takademe / Revelations
PROGRAM B (Wed. & Thu., Feb. 8 & 9 at 7:30 p.m.)
Streams / Urban Folk Dance / Minus 16 / Revelations
PROGRAM C (Sat., Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m.)
Memoria / Takademe / The Hunt / Revelations
Explore the Arts: On February 11 (mat.), join a free post-performance discussion with a moderator and members of the company.
Bold hip hop choreographer Rennie Harris's new work, Home, is set to a soul-lifting score of gospel house music. Home is inspired by stories submitted to the "Fight HIV Your Way" contest of people living with or affected by HIV, an initiative of Bristol-Myers Squibb. The Company presented the world premiere on a day of major significance, December 1, both World AIDS Day and the day Alvin Ailey passed away from the disease 22 years ago.
Takademe (1999), one of Mr. Battle's first creations and a pivotal work in his career, is a savvy deconstruction and abstraction of the tightly woven rhythms of Indian Kathak dance. Containing humor, fast-paced movements, and propulsive jumps, the work is set to Sheila Chandra's syncopated vocal score.
Paul Taylor's classic Arden Court (1981) is the first work by this American modern dance master to join the Ailey repertory. Set on the company under the supervision of Mr. Taylor, Arden Court features a sumptuous baroque score by William Boyce and technically challenging dancing with striking duets, solos, and a men's sextet that showcases the dancers' skill and musicality.
Minus 16 (1999), by renowned American-Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, is unlike any other work in the Ailey repertory in the way it challenges the dancers to improvise and invite audience members to join them onstage. Using Naharin's acclaimed "Gaga" method, Minus 16 features a delightfully eclectic score ranging from Dean Martin to cha-cha, from techno-pop to traditional Israeli music.
In homage to the artistry of Alvin Ailey, there is also a new staging of Streams (1970), Mr. Ailey's first full-length dance without a plot. A gorgeous exploration of the architecture of bodies in space, the landmark work contains stunning solos, duets, and groups passages that reflect the powerful score by Miloslav Kabelac.
Additional classics and favorites include Robert Battle's The Hunt, Ulysses Dove's Urban Folk Dance, along with Ailey's Memoria and his beloved masterpiece Revelations.