Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s most popular dance companies, returns to the New York City Center stage from December 3rd, 2014 to January 4th, 2015, 25 years after the passing of legendary founder Alvin Ailey.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies and New York City Center’s Principal Dance Company, returns to the New York City Center stage for the 43rd consecutive year from December 3, 2014 – January 4, 2015 with exciting performances that have become a joyous holiday tradition. Artistic Director Robert Battle continues to expand the Company’s diverse repertory with premieres and new productions representing a wide range of important choreographic voices giving Ailey’s extraordinary group of artists new ways to inspire audiences, including:
– The premiere of Odetta (December 10th) by renowned Ailey dancer Matthew Rushing, who marries soul-stirring movement to songs by the artist anointed “the queen of American folk music” by Martin Luther King, Jr. The piece will pay tribute to Holmes’s life as a singer, songwriter, actress, activist and “the voice of the Civil Rights Movement,” and her musical repertoire encompassing American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals.
– Ailey’s signature American masterpiece Revelations – acclaimed as an inspiring must-see for all – will be performed with live music on Dec. 5 eve, Dec. 6th mat & eve.
– Christopher Wheeldon’s dreamlike After the Rain Pas de Deux – praised for its sublime simplicity and intricate partnering – was an instant hit at New York City Ballet in 2005. Set to music by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the sensual male-female pas de deux will be revealed in a fresh light as the Ailey dancers make it their own, premiering on Dec. 5th.
– Jacqulyn Buglisi’s Suspended Women, a mesmerizing ensemble piece created in 2000 illuminating the frailty and strength of women through time. Set to music by Maurice Ravel, and interpolations composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain, it is recognized as one of the signature works by this celebrated former Martha Graham dancer, choreographer and master teacher. (Company Premiere December 12th)
– Hofesh Shechter’s acclaimed Uprising, which features seven men who bombard the stage with intensity in an exhilarating work set to a percussive score by the choreographer himself.
– A new production of Bad Blood, an original work by former Ailey dancer and renowned choreographer Ulysses Dove, set to music by Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel.
– Special programs include:
– Family Matinee Series performances each Saturday during the season at 2pm
– “All New” Programs playing on Dec. 18, 20 mat, 26 eve, 28 eve, 21 mat.
– “Celebrating the Women of Ailey,” celebrating Linda Celeste Sims, Hope Boykin and the women of Ailey (Dec. 16).
– A New Year’s Eve performance featuring beloved Ailey dancers of the past and present.
Tickets starting at $25 are available for purchase at the New York City Center Box Office, through CityTix® at (212) 581-1212, or online at www.alvinailey.org or www.nycitycenter.org. Discount tickets are available for Ailey Super Fans who purchase tickets for more than one performance, for students with an appropriate ID, and for groups of ten or more (discounts do not apply to $25 tickets). For group sales, call 212-405-9082 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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