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Dance: Alvin Ailey Kicks Off Annual NYC Season

Alicia Graf Mack, photo by Andrew Eccles

Alicia Graf Mack, photo by Andrew Eccles

The annual monthlong season by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at New York’s City Center Theater kicks off Dec. 4 with the company’s gala. The season runs through Jan. 5. For more information about the Ailey company and the upcoming season go to http://www.alvinailey.org.

Honorary chair for this year’s gala is actress Gabrielle Union. Other celebrity guests expected include actor Taye Diggs and supermodel Joan Smalls.

Of course, the real stars are onstage, along with the intriguing lineup of new works planned by artistic director Robert Battle for this season.

Works debuting this season include the company premieres of “Chroma,” by Wayne McGregory; “D-Man in the Waters (Part 1),” by Bill T. Jones; and the world premiere of “LIFT’ by Aszure Barton. Ronald K. Brown “Four Corners,” which the company premiered in June, will also be on the schedule. And the schedule will also include a number of Ailey works including revivals of “The River” and “Pas de Duke,” and the Ailey masterpiece “Revelations.”

Alicia Graf Mack and Jamar Roberts, photo by Andrew Eccles

Alicia Graf Mack and Jamar Roberts, photo by Andrew Eccles

We’ve included some links to Ailey coverage.

One of the best quotes about the season comes from a Timeout New York interview with Ailey dancer Antonio Douthit:

“We are a very athletic company, but you’re going to see the athleticism and the ballet technique with the modern-dance technique that you don’t normally come to see the Ailey company do—like [Jiri Kylian’s] Petite Mort. You think, Oh, ABT or City Ballet would do that. It’s pushing us that way. We are a repertory company, and we can do these things. It’s not that we have to do just Revelations or just Ron Brown. It shows the audience, Oh, they can go from doing Ron Brown’s movement to Wayne McGregor’s movement; it puts us up there where more choreographers will be like, Oh I would love to see what I could do with that company. Not that they haven’t been doing that, but it gets broader.”

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/dance/antonio-douthit-boyd-talks-about-his-career-at-alvin-ailey

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/01/arts/dance/braided-bodies-up-onstage.html?ref=dance

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/arts/dance/wayne-mcgregor-and-alvin-ailey-troupe-together-on-chroma.html?ref=dance

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/arts/index.ssf/2013/11/alvin_ailey_american_dance_theater_has_an_edgy_british_import_amid_this_seasons_novelties.html

http://nypost.com/2013/11/30/at-alvin-ailey-a-pas-de-deux-became-a-heart-to-heart/

 

 

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One comment on “Dance: Alvin Ailey Kicks Off Annual NYC Season

  1. Pingback: Alvin Ailey's Triumphant Return to Atlanta- Madd News | Madd-News

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