Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 - Sunday, February 09, 2014

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 works and enduring classics.


$30.00 - $140.00

Run Time:

Approx. 2 hours

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Robert Battle, Artistic Director
Masazumi Chaya, Associate Artistic Director
"The popularity that the Ailey company now enjoys is phenomenal."
--The New York Times
"Thrilling. Superb. Dancers going to the absolute limit."
--The New Yorker
One of the world's favorite dance companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. What makes this phenomenal company so special is the incomparable sense of joy, freedom, and spirit that the dancers and audiences share. Discover for yourself what tens of millions of fans already know--you don't just see an Ailey performance, you feel it.
Artistic Director Robert Battle, "who understands the limits of a company's past, even if that past is still popular beyond belief" (Time Out Chicago), is pushing boundaries by presenting new works from leading international choreographers in addition to Company favorites. The Ailey dancers return to the Center for their annual engagement with three programs:

Program A
Tue., Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., Feb. 7 & 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Chroma / D-Man in the Waters (Part I) / Revelations
Program B
Wed., Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m., Sun., Feb. 9 at 1:30 p.m.
The River / Four Corners / Revelations
Program C
Thu., Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m., Sat. Feb. 8 at 1:30 p.m.
LIFT / Petite Mort / Revelations

Revelations by Alvin Ailey
This 1960 American classic is Alvin Ailey's must-see tribute to his heritage and genius. Performed to African American spirituals, Revelations fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.
Chroma by Wayne McGregor
This ballet filled with layered, beautiful dancing and astonishing lifts 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 work 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.
D-Man in the Waters (Part I) by Bill T. Jones
This piece is a true modern dance classic and a New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award-winning work by modern dance innovator Bill T. Jones, a Tony Award winner for Fela! and Spring Awakening. Originally created in 1989, it is a celebration of life and the resiliency of the human spirit that embodies loss, hope, and triumph with non-stop movement set to Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings in E-flat Major.  
LIFT by Aszure Barton
This exhilarating work by in-demand choreographer Aszure Barton celebrates and challenges a cast of 19, created with Barton's collaborative stylistic approach that is constantly evolving like no other. Ailey's renowned dancers inspired the process, movement, and composition, as well as the original percussive score by Curtis Macdonald.

Four Corners by Ronald K. Brown

This is celebrated choreographer Ronald K. Brown's fifth work for Ailey's extraordinary dancers, who have become known as inspiring interpreters of his phenomenal dance storytelling. Set to the music of Carl Hancock Rux and various artists, the 11 dancers on a spiritual journey bring to life the vision of four angels standing on the four corners of the earth holding the four winds.

The River by Alvin Ailey
Originally choreographed in 1970 for American Ballet Theatre, The River is a legendary collaboration between two great American artists, Alvin Ailey and Duke Ellington. The suite combines classical ballet, modern dance, and jazz in sections suggesting tumbling rapids and slow currents on a voyage to the great sea, mirroring the journey of life.
Petite Mort by Jirí Kylián
Originally choreographed in 1990, this theatrical and visually surprising work showcases the sensuality, humor, and technique of six couples who intermingle with fencing foils and elaborate ball gowns in unforgettable duels. Set to Mozart's popular Piano Concerto in A Major (Adagio) and Piano Concerto in C Major (Andante), Petite Mort is the first work by European choreographer Jirí Kylián to enter the Ailey repertory.

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

Explore the Arts: On February 8 (matinee), join a free post-performance discussion with a moderator and members of the company.


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