Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Jessica Langs EN. Photo by Paul Kolnik
Following its recent 60th anniversary, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns with a series of new and exciting works alongside modern classics in three mixed programmes, demonstrating the unparalleled artistry that has defined the company since 1958.
Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, and the company’s signature piece, closes each one of its shows. Performed as a prayer, Revelations veers from grief to elation as it explores African-American cultural heritage and spirituality to an emotional score of gospel music and blues.
Programme A: Lazarus / Revelations
Wednesday 4, Friday 6, Sunday 8, Saturday 14 & Saturday 7 September
“The Basquiat of the US contemporary dance scene" (Sunday Times), Rennie Harris thrilled audiences with the UK premiere of Exodus at Sadler’s Wells in 2015.
Inspired by the life and legacy of the company’s founder, Harris’ Lazarus – the first two-act ballet in Ailey’s history – uses his street dance language set to an eclectic score that encompasses Nina Simone, original music and the voice of Ailey himself.
Programme B: EN / The Call / Juba / Revelations
Thursday 5, Saturday 7, Wednesday 11 & Friday 13 September & Sunday 8 September
In a new production of Juba, his first work for the company, Ailey’s Artistic Director Robert Battle sets folk traditions in a modern world. Ronald K. Brown offers up his love letter to Ailey set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the Mary Lou Williams Trio and Asase Yaa Entertainment Group in The Call. And the prolific Jessica Lang’s 100th ballet, EN, explores fate, destiny and the metaphor of the circle.
Programme C: New Moultrie / Members Don’t Get Weary / Ella / Revelations
Tuesday 10, Thursday 12 & Saturday 14 September
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer and rising-star choreographer Jamar Roberts takes an abstract look into the notion of “having the blues” in Members Don’t Get Weary, set to the music of John Coltrane. Artistic Director Robert Battle matches the legendary Ella Fitzgerald’s Airmail Special to a dizzyingly fast duet in Ella. This programme also includes new work from multi-faceted choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie.
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