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Alvin Ailey celebrates 50 years of Revelations


One of the world’s favorite dance companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will return to the music center for an unprecedented 10 performances, April 8-17. Presenting three powerful and memorable programs, the company’s brilliant artistry and passionate energy is expected to bring audiences to their feet night after night.

Program A, “21st Century Ailey” features compelling and exciting works from recent years including “Anointed,” which was choreographed by former Ailey company member Christopher L. Huggins; “The Hunt” choreographed by Robert Battle, who will succeed Judith Jamison as artistic director for the company; “The Evolution of a Secured Feminine” choreographed by Camille A. Brown, who is celebrating her second work staged for the Ailey theater; and “Revelations” choreographed by Alvin Ailey himself.

A short film will be shown prior to Revelations at every performance, giving audiences the opportunity to learn about the inspiration, meaning and significance of the modern dance masterpiece that is a tribute to Ailey’s genius and African American heritage.

Directed by Judy Kinberg, winner of seven primetime Emmy Awards, the documentary includes historic performance footage and rare interviews with Ailey and Jamison.

And all programs will include Revelations, which is celebrating 50 years as an enduring classic.
Program B, “All Ailey” features Ailey’s timeless masterpieces such as “Memoria,” which was inspired by Joyce Trisler, a choreographer friend of Ailey’s who died prematurely. The piece is in memory and celebration of her life. “All Ailey” will also showcase “Three Black Kings” and “Cry” the signature solo that Ailey created as a birthday present for his mother Lula Cooper.

Program C, “20 Years of Jamison” celebrates the phenomenal influence of Jamison, who is now in her final season as artistic director of the dance company. Her well-known work, “Love Stories,” which examines African American social dances of the past, present, and future; and “Forgotten Time” her moving piece dedicated to ancient rituals of love and tribal rites of passage, will be featured in this program.

The show will be held April 8-17 at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion located at 135 N. Grand Ave.

Tickets range in price from $25 to $105 and can be purchased on site at the box office.