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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - Sunday, February 10, 2013

Contemporary Dance

America's cultural ambassador to the world, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Kennedy Center for its annual engagement with its winning combination of captivating new work and enduring classics.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Robert Battle, Artistic Director
Masazumi Chaya, Associate Artistic Director
"Let yourself be swept along with the infectious good spirits of an Ailey performance."
--Associated Press
"It's impressive to watch the Ailey dancers in this first season under Mr. Battle…all exhibit the luxurious physical texture and personal intensity associated with the Ailey company."
--The New York Times
One of the world's favorite dance companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 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 dancers and the 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.
As part of these mixed repertory programs, the company performs 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.

PROGRAM A (Tue., Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.)
Petite Mort / Minus 16 / Revelations

RENEE ROBINSON FAREWELL (Wed., Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.)
Ailey Classics (Excerpts from Memoria, Night Creature, Phases, Opus McShann, Love Songs, For 'Bird' With Love, Hidden Rites, Cry)
PROGRAM B (Thu., Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 10 at 1:30 p.m.)
Arden Court / Takademe / Grace / Revelations
PROGRAM C (Fri., Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 9 at 1:30 p.m.)
From Before / Strange Humors / Another Night / Revelations

Performance Timing:  All Programs: Approximately 2 hours, including two 15-minute intermissions

Explore the Arts: On February 9 (matinee), join a free post-performance discussion with a moderator and members of the company.