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Program

Pieces in the show include:

Friday, Feb. 14: The Call, Ella / Ode, A Case of You / Revelations

Saturday, Feb. 15: Lazarus / Revelations

Sunday, Feb. 16: The Call, Ella / Ode, A Case of You / Revelations

About the Pieces

The Call

Choreography: Ronald K. Brown
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Mary Lou Williams, Asase Yaa Entertainment Group

The Call

Ronald K. Brown’s joyous mix of modern and African dance fits the Ailey dancers perfectly, and his themes of spiritual awakening and redemption never fail to inspire. His seventh work for the Company rouses audiences with Brown’s infectious call for harmony and hope.


Ella

Choreography: Robert Battle
Music: Ella Fitzgerald

Ella

Using a live concert recording of Ella Fitzgerald performing the song “Airmail Special,” Ella matches the iconic singer’s virtuosic scatting with lightning-fast, articulated movement in an irresistible tour-de-force that leaves audiences (and the dancers) breathless.


Ode

Choreography: Jamar Roberts
Music: Don Pullen

Ode

Company member and Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts offers a meditation on the beauty and fragility of life in a time of growing gun violence. Like his critically-acclaimed Members Don’t Get Weary (2017), this work features a jazz score—Don Pullen’s “Suite (Sweet) Malcolm (Part 1 Memories and Gunshots)”—and Roberts’ own costume designs.


Revelations

Choreography: Alvin Ailey
Music: Traditional Spirituals

Revelations

Using African American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

Ailey said that one of America’s richest treasures was the African American cultural heritage—“sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.” This enduring classic is a tribute to that tradition, born out of the choreographer’s “blood memories” of his childhood in rural Texas and the Baptist Church.


Lazarus

Choreography: Rennie Harris
Music: Darrin Ross

Lazarus

In the Company’s first two-act ballet, acclaimed hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris connects past and present in a powerful work that addresses the racial inequities America faced when Mr. Ailey founded this company in 1958 and still faces today.


About Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance.

The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents – as well as millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings, and online platforms.