Led by Robert Battle in his third season as artistic director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's diverse repertory features premieres and new productions representing a wide range of important choreographic voices that give Ailey's extraordinary group of artists new ways to inspire audiences. Each performance will feature a different program; though all three will conclude with Alvin Ailey's signature masterpiece Revelations (1960).
Friday night will include Grace (1999), one of the most popular works in the Ailey repertory, a work that depicts individuals on a journey to the promised land as choreographed by Ronald K. Brown; and D-Man in the Waters (1998, Ailey premiere 2013), a celebration of life and the resiliency of the human spirit that embodies loss, hope and triumph with non-stop movement and choreographed by modern dance innovator Bill T. Jones.
The Saturday matinee will feature Another Night (2012), which fuses the many dynamic facets of American dance and showcases the artistry and versatility of the Ailey dancers, and is choreographed by Kyle Abraham; In/Side (2008), a gripping male solo by Robert Battle that is set to Nina Simone's "Wild is the Wind"; and The River (1970, Ailey premiere 1980), a legendary collaboration between two great American artists, Alvin Ailey and Duke Ellington, that was originally choreographed for American Ballet Theatre.
Saturday evening's program includes a repeat performance of Grace, followed by renowned Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin's Minus 16 (1999, Ailey premiere 2012), which features a delightfully eclectic score ranging from Dean Martin to mambo, techno to traditional Israeli.