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Renowned for its soul-stirring high energy performances, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of America's greatest companies. Taking popular music, gospel and jazz and mixing the classical vocabulary of ballet with a contemporary style, the Company of 30 dancers radiate a slick and sassy energy that is purely infectious.

Choreographer Alvin Ailey.

Archive listings for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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Exodus/Four Corners/After the Rain Pas de Deux/Revelations - T1701299939

Exodus: Acclaimed hip hop choreographer Rennie Harris explores the idea of "exodus" - from one's ignorance and conformity - as a necessary step toward enlightenment. Set to gospel and house music along with poetic narration, the work underscores the crucial role of action and movement in effecting change. Four Corners: Dancers depict spiritual seekers among four angels standing at the corners of the earth, holding the four winds. In creating his fifth commission for the Ailey company since 1999, the celebrated choreographer Ronald K. Brown turned to the song "Lamentations" by his friend, recording artist Carl Hancock Rux. After the Rain Pas de Deux: Christopher Wheeldon's dreamlike duet - praised for its sublime simplicity and intricate partnering - is revealed in a fresh light as the Ailey dancers make it their own. Revelations: More than just a popular dance work, it has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans. Seeing Revelations for the first time or the hundredth can be a transcendent experience, with audiences around the world cheering, singing along and dancing in their seats.Choreographer Rennie Harris (Exodus). Choreographer Ronald K. Brown (Four Corners). Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon (After the Rain Pas de Deux).
18 Oct 16 to 19 Oct 16Festival Theatre, Edinburgh :: V600
listing details L0253641091

Programme A - T0926497313

The world-famous and world-class dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, returns to Sadler's Wells for the first time since 2010 with an exhilarating showcase of dance. Celebrating nearly 60 years of unparalleled artistry, Ailey's trademark technical brilliance and passionate energy bring audiences everywhere to their feet every night. In Exodus, the first piece of the evening, acclaimed hip hop choreographer Rennie (Lorenzo) Harris creates a highly-anticipated UK premiere that explores the idea of "exodus" as a necessary step toward enlightenment. Set to gospel and house music along with poetic narration, the work underscores the crucial role of action and movement in effecting change. Following this, in Ronald K. Brown's Four Corners, 11 dancers depict spiritual seekers amid four angels standing on the corners of the earth, holding the four winds. Audiences are then treated to Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain Pas de Deux. The dreamlike male-female duet has been widely praised for its sublime simplicity and intricate partnering, and it is revealed in a fresh light as the Ailey dancers make it their own. Concluding the evening is Ailey's legendary Revelations - the most seen modern dance work in the world. More than just a popular dance work, it has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans.
4 Oct 16 to 5 Oct 16Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff :: V1984858935
listing details L0192516122
6 Sep 16 to 17 Sep 16Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L01822496856

Exodus - T413140466

Acclaimed hip hop choreographer Rennie Harris explores the idea of "exodus" - from one's ignorance and conformity - as a necessary step toward enlightenment. Set to gospel and house music along with poetic narration, the work underscores the crucial role of action and movement in effecting change. Exemplifying his view of hip hop as a "celebration of life," Exodus marks Harris' latest invitation to return to spiritual basics and affirm who we are.Choreographer Rennie Harris. Music Raphael Xavier.
30 Sep 16 to 1 Oct 16Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
listing details L1188207957

Suite Otis (1971)/In/Side (2008)/Dancing Spirit (2009)/Revelations (1960) - T558610059

SUITE OTIS (1971) - Choreographed by George Faison - Otis Redding’s sassy, sizzling music sets the stage for George Faison’s playful battle of the sexes. The yearning sensuality of such timeless songs as 'Satisfaction,' 'Try a Little Tenderness,' 'I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,' and other favorites bursts through this sexy, charming and witty suite. Running time: 20 mins IN/SIDE (2008) - Choreographed by Robert Battle - The vivid emotions of Nina Simone’s 'Wild is the Wind' play out in Robert Battle’s gripping solo. The bold, unrestrained style that has become his signature is evinced in this visceral cry of pure physicality. Running time: 8 mins DANCING SPIRIT (2009) - Choreographed by Ronald K. Brown - Ronald K. Brown pays tribute to Judith Jamison’s profound influence with a new work that echoes the title of her autobiography. Set to music by Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis, Radiohead and War, Brown’s evocative choreography uses movement from Cuba, Brazil and the United States to conjure dancing spirits who embody Jamison’s elegance, vision, dignity and generosity. Running time: 32 mins REVELATIONS (1960) - Choreographed by Alvin Ailey - Alvin Ailey said that one of America’s richest treasures was the cultural heritage of the African American- 'sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.' This enduring classic is a tribute to that heritage and to Ailey’s genius. Using African American religious music--spirituals, song sermons and holy blues--this suite fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. This season the Company celebrates 50 years of Revelations, seen by more people around the world than any other modern dance. Running time 38 mins Total running time including two 20 minute intervals: 2 hours 20 minutesChoreographer George Faison (Suite Otis). Choreographer Robert Battle (In/Side). Choreographer Ronald K. Brown (Dancing Spirit). Choreographer Alvin Ailey (Revelations).
27 Sep 16 to 28 Sep 16Alhambra Theatre, Bradford :: V965
listing details L1272564191
22 Oct 10 to 23 Oct 10Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V570
listing details L976134386

Programme B - T1605090085

The world-famous and world-class dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, returns to Sadler's Wells for the first time since 2010 with an exhilarating showcase of dance. Celebrating nearly 60 years of unparalleled artistry, Ailey's trademark technical brilliance and passionate energy bring audiences everywhere to their feet every night. The evening begins with Open Door. Renowned for his fusion of African and modern dance, Brown adds new flavour to his signature style, setting this work to recordings by Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Following this is Paul Taylor's Piazzolla Caldera: a sensual expos? of tango as reinterpreted and reimagined with modern dance. Taylor honours the tradition of tango, preserving the essence of the form in his choreography. Concluding the evening is Ailey's legendary Revelations - the most seen modern dance work in the world. More than just a popular dance work, it has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans.
7 Sep 16 to 17 Sep 16Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L0842028919

Programme C - T1900284379

The world-famous and world-class dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, returns to Sadler's Wells for the first time since 2010 with an exhilarating showcase of dance. Celebrating nearly 60 years of unparalleled artistry, Ailey's trademark technical brilliance and passionate energy bring audiences everywhere to their feet every night. Aszure Barton's exhilarating new work LIFT celebrates and challenges the dancers with its markedly intricate rhythmic patterns and mercurial structure. Driven by the dancers' passion, skill and collective power, the work was created over a developmental process with the entire Company. Following this is Awakening. Choreographer Robert Battle uses his taut, ritualistic style to powerful effect in a dance that expertly balances chaos and resolution, dissonance and harmony. His first new work since becoming artistic director in 2011, the piece is set to a symphonic score by frequent collaborator John Mackey. Next, audiences will experience Cry: Alvin Ailey's signature solo. Originally choreographed as a birthday present for his mother, Ailey then created the dance for his muse, Judith Jamison. Concluding the evening is Ailey's legendary Revelations - the most seen modern dance work in the world. More than just a popular dance work, it has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans.
10 Sep 16 to 16 Sep 16Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L0198461930

T34963991 (WALESMILL10)

One of the world’s favourite dance companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is coming back to the UK for what promises to be another sell out tour. Celebrating more than 50 years of unparalleled artistry, Ailey’s trademark technical brilliance and passionate energy bring audiences everywhere to their feet every night. Alongside this is their exciting repertoire of breathtaking new productions and beloved Ailey classics, including the jubilant, soul stirring signature piece, Revelations.
19 Oct 10 to 20 Oct 10Festival Theatre, Edinburgh :: V600
listing details L01550495314
12 Oct 10 to 13 Oct 10Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff :: V1984858935
listing details L0555057618
8 Oct 10 to 9 Oct 10Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
listing details L229635431
5 Oct 10 to 6 Oct 10Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L284312201

Programme One: In/Side/Dancing Spirit/Dacing Spirit/Revelations - T1174786721

Programme One includes the gripping solo In/Side, plus the elegant Dancing Spirit, a piece that fuses movement from Brazil, Cuba and the USA. Suite Otis is a playful battle of the sexes set to some of Otis Redding’s best-loved songs. Both programmes feature the classic Revelations, the most seen modern dance work in the world, choreographed by Ailey and first performed in 1960. A piece that celebrates and pays tribute to American dance music and history; it explores a journey from deepest grief to unbound joy and continues to inspire audiences whenever it is performed.
14 Sep 10 to 25 Sep 10Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L1924817184

Programme 2: Hymn/New Christopher Huggins/Revelations - T273774269

Highlights of Programme Two include a brand new work from acclaimed choreographer Christopher Huggins plus Artistic Director Judith Jamison’s 1993 Emmy award-winning production Hymn, a tribute to company founder Alvin Ailey. Both programmes feature the classic Revelations, the most seen modern dance work in the world, choreographed by Ailey and first performed in 1960. A piece that celebrates and pays tribute to American dance music and history; it explores a journey from deepest grief to unbound joy and continues to inspire audiences whenever it is performed.
15 Sep 10 to 25 Sep 10Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L1666245420

Firebird/The Golden Section/Revelations - T892475304

Firebird (1964) - Maurice Bejart’s Firebird jettisons Stravinsky’s fairytale for a modern all-male interpretation that recasts the Firebird as a tough revolutionary Phoenix. The Golden Section (1981) - Twyla Tharp’s supersonic piece is set to a fantastic score by David Byrne (ex-Talking Heads). A glittering display of daredevil dance: with breathtaking leaps, finely-honed partnering and explosive joy throughout. Revelations (1960) - The signature piece of Ailvin Ailey is an American classic, performed to rapt audiences across the world since the 1960s. Buoyed by traditional spirituals from the American South, Revelations only improves with age.Producer Dance Consortium.
9 Oct 07 to 10 Oct 07The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L1063303104
25 Sep 07 to 26 Sep 07Festival Theatre, Edinburgh :: V600
listing details L0692826717
21 Sep 07 to 22 Sep 07Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L062069792

Best of Ailey: Firebird/The Golden Section/Revelations - T02121095502

Firebird - New to AAADT, [Maurice Bejart]'s Firebird jettisons Stravinsky's fairytale for a modern all-male interpretation that recasts the Firebird as the Phoenix. The Golden Section - [Twyla Tharp]'s supersonic, daredevil dance is set to music of [David Byrne]. Its kamikaze style sizzles with breathtaking leaps, finely-honed partnering and explosive joy. Revelations - This signature piece is one of the most uplifting ballets in the modern dance repertoire. With traditional spirituals from the American South, this is the best-loved dance in the whole world.Choreographer Maurice Bejart (Firebird). Choreographer Twyla Tharp (The Golden Section).
28 Sep 07 to 29 Sep 07Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V570
listing details L0457349759
6 Sep 07 to 15 Sep 07Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L597096725

Programme 2 - Jazz Programme: New Work/Pad de Duke/The Road of the Phoebe Snow/The Winter in Lisbon - T0582676913

Choreographer Camille Brown (New Work).
5 Sep 07 to 15 Sep 07Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L01478535610

Programme 1 - Homage to Alvin Ailey: Night Creature/Pas de Duke/The River/Revelations - T0967288744

4 Sep 07 to 14 Sep 07Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L01216794861

Shining Star/Caught/Revelations/Love Stories - T1969738316

Highlights of the evening are [Alvin Ailey]'s most famous work, Revelations, a glorious celebration of the rousing gospel and spiritual music Ailey grew up with in 1930s Texas and Love Stories, Judith Jamieson's collaboration with modern dance maverick [Robert Battle] and hip hop pioneer [Rennie Harris] set to a Stevie Wonder soundtrack.Choreographer Alvin Ailey (Revelations). Choreographer Judith Jamison (Love Stories). Performer Masazumi Chaya (associate artistic director). Choreographer David Parsons (Shining Star). Choreographer David Parsons (Caught).
4 Oct 05 to 5 Oct 05The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L02034321427
30 Sep 05 to 1 Oct 05Festival Theatre, Edinburgh :: V600
listing details L1129126741
27 Sep 05 to 28 Sep 05Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V570
listing details L0799306576
23 Sep 05 to 24 Sep 05Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
listing details L1621116534

Love Stories/Vespers/Solo/Revelations - T01833082733

Running time 2 hrs 25 mins inclu. two 20 min intervalsChoreographer Jamison (Love Stories). Choreographer Dove (Vespers). Choreographer Manen (Solo). Choreographer Ailey (Revelations).
5 Sep 05 to 10 Sep 05Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L0729939942

Shining Star/Caught/Reminiscin'/Revelations - T01909836346

Running time 2hrs 10 mins inclu. two 20 min intervalsChoreographer Parson (Shining Star). Choreographer Parson (Caught). Choreographer Jamison (Reminiscin'). Choreographer Ailey (Revelations).
6 Sep 05 to 10 Sep 05Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L01847843591

Programme 1 - Grace/Following the Subtle Current Upstream/Revelations - T02036230381

Grace is a transcendental ballet fusing modern dance and West African idioms to evoke the grace that suffuses life's journey. The musical score is grounded by [Duke Ellington]'s Come Sunday and has accents of hip-hop and West African pop. Following the Subtle Current Upstream pumps up the spped in an exhilarating spectacle in white nonstop action showcases the dancers' daring agility and phenomental strength while tabla player [Zakir Hussein]s percussive score adds some East Indian rhythm. Revelations captures the exuberant energy of black spirituals and the 'blood memories' of [Ailey]'s childhood in Texas.Choreographer Ronald K Brown's (Grace). Choreographer Alonzo King (Following the Subtle Current Upstream). Choreographer Alvin Ailey (Revelations).
24 Jun 02 to 29 Jun 02Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L1293447549

Programme 2 - Divining/Pas de Duke/Bad Blood/Revelations - T0225255866

Divining is a mysterious, abstract work of ritualized dance set to a score of North African, Latin and Central African rhythms. The second piece, Pas de Duke is an [Ailey] masterpiece, a modern dance translation of a classical pas de deux showing off star dancer's technique and [Ellington]'s musical range. The passion and kinetic athletic energy of [Dove]'s Bad Blood encapsulates the powerful yet extremely tender war between the sexes begging the questions 'can we be a duo and an individual at the same time?'. Revelations captures the exuberant energy of black spirituals and the 'blood memories' of [Ailey]'s childhood in Texas.Choreographer Judith Jamison (Divining). Choreographer Ulysees Dove (Bad Blood). Choreographer Alvin Ailey (Pas de Duke and Revelations).
25 Jun 02 to 29 Jun 02Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L451231609

Postponed until June 2002 - T1407075342

Due to the events in New York on Tuesday September 11th the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will not be able to perform their sell-out season in Sadler's Wells. But the company - which was to give its first London performance has been able to re-schedule Sadler's Wells for the week Jun 24 2002.
17 Sep 01 to 22 Sep 01Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L0652636498
17 Sep 01 to 22 Sep 01Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L985429402

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11 Oct 16 to 12 Oct 16Mayflower Theatre, Southampton :: V774
listing details L927689174
7 Oct 16 to 8 Oct 16The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L0792052341
23 Sep 16 to 24 Sep 16Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L1505812972
1 Oct 10 to 2 Oct 10Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
listing details L01775789403
2 Oct 07 to 3 Oct 07Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
listing details L01106417668

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