Catch Alvin Ailey Performances Before The End of The Season

Catch Alvin Ailey Performances Before The End of The Season

If you want to check out a moving dance production now or after the holiday season, might I suggest taking in a performance from the world-famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The legendary dance company’s winter season at New York City Center comes to a close January 3rd, but there are plenty of performances to see before the end of the season.

With Exodus, hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris explores the idea of “exodus” as a necessary step toward enlightenment. This world premiere is set to gospel and house music and includes poetic narration. Robert Battle’s Awakening also enjoyed its world premiere this season. In this work, Alvin Ailey’s artistic director uses his ritualistic style in a dance that balances chaos and resolution, dissonance and harmony. For a complete list of world and company premieres, as well as new productions, click here.

Returning favorites include Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain Pas de Deuxin which a couple performs a haunting pas de deux set to Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel; Ronald K. Brown’s Four Corners, a work that draws from West African and modern dance influences, where 11 dancers portray spiritual seekers amid four angels standing on the corners of the earth, holding the four winds; and Revelations, which uses African-American spirituals, song-sermons, holy blues and gospel songs to explore the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. For a complete list of returning shows, click here.  

For a complete calendar of performances, click here.

Photo: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Photo by Andrew Eccles


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