Home Local News Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at TPAC April 26-28

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at TPAC April 26-28

by Cass Teague

Experience America’s most popular dance company when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brings its unique mix of contemporary and classic movement to the stage. Marvel at their skill. Feel their passion. And connect to the heart of dance with Ailey. TPAC Dance Series Presents: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, 2024 in Andrew Jackson Hall.

After an acclaimed 65th Anniversary season launch in New York City, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies – continues to grace stages during a 21-city United States tour which started January 25 in Atlanta and continues coast-to-coast to cities like Washington, D.C., Miami, Boston, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles, before culminating with a Mother’s Day performance in Newark on May 12. The passionate spirit and extraordinary technique of Ailey’s dancers will be showcased in a diverse repertory of new works, repertory favorites, and Ailey classics.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” has performed for over 25 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on 6 continents, celebrating the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition. Ailey’s permanent home is The Joan Weill Center for Dance, the largest building dedicated to dance in New York City, the dance capital of the world.

The schedule of performances allows for two separate slightly differentiated programs, one on Friday night, and another presented Saturday evening and again for a Sunday afternoon matinee.

Friday, April 26 at 7:30 PM, experience Century by Amy Hall Garner; Are You in Your Feelings? by Kyle Abraham; and Revelations by Alvin Ailey. Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 PM and/or Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 PM, experience Ailey Classics I and Ailey Classics II, followed by Revelations by Alvin Ailey.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect in each dance featured selection:

Century by Amy Hall. Garner Amy Hall Garner’s first work for Ailey is a celebration of life, resilience, and joy inspired by her grandfather on the eve of his 100th birthday. This deeply personal piece is danced to the music of Ray Charles, Count Basie, and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Are You in Your Feelings? by Kyle Abraham. Acclaimed choreographer Kyle Abraham’s newest work is a celebration of Black culture, Black music, and the youthful spirit that perseveres in us all. Scored to a “mixtape” of soul, hip-hop, and R&B, it explores the connections among music, communication, and personal memory.

Ailey Classics I and II. This special two-act program is comprised of highlights from some of Mr. Ailey’s best-loved ballets, including Pas de Duke, Masekela Langage, Opus McShann, and more.

Revelations by Alvin Ailey. More than just a popular dance work, Revelations has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans and acclaimed as a must-see for all. Alvin Ailey’s signature masterpiece is a tribute to his heritage. Using African American spirituals, the work fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

Related Posts

Leave a Comment