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Experience Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in a New Way

"I believe that dance came from the people, and it should always be delivered back to the people." – Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) is a long-time favorite of Center dance audiences for good reason: Words like "electrifying," "joyful," "powerful" and "gorgeous" come to mind when describing its dancers.

Antonio Douthit-Boyd and Linda Celeste Sims
in The River. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

The company returns in March for its sixth Center appearance, and if you haven't seen them in action, you've been missing something special. In terms of unparalleled artistry, athletic strength and boundless passion, nothing beats Ailey. For this engagement, AAADT will include some special events to introduce the company to those who have not yet experienced the excitement, strength and joy they generate through extraordinary dance.

On Saturday, March 22, the Center will host a free dance event on the Arts Plaza to celebrate Revelations, the company's most famous and beloved work. Two dancers from the Ailey company will be here to teach some of the moves and enable everyone—even if you have two left feet—to share an Ailey dance experience.

A scene from Revelations. Photo by Gert Krautbauer.

Choreographed by Alvin Ailey in 1960, Revelations tells the story of African American faith from slavery to freedom through spirituals and blues music, and offers a universal message of strength and hope. From the introspection of "I've Been Buked" and the enthusiasm of "Wade in the Water" to the joy of faith in "Rocka My Soul," this work has been a classic from its first performance. "It doesn't matter how tired I am," says company member Briana Reed about dancing Revelations. "As soon as the music starts, I feel myself transported to another place." Now we can all experience that feeling.

On Wednesday, March 26, there will be a special one-hour Ailey performance in Segerstrom Hall that will include pre-show interactive lobby activities and a complete performance of Revelations. All tickets for this performance will be $29. This is a unique introduction to the company that is perhaps the most acclaimed international ambassador of American culture performing today.

Alicia Graf Mack and Vernard J. Gilmore Chroma.
Photo by Paul Kolnik.

From March 27–30 there will be five full-length Ailey performances: Each includes a pre-performance talk by a member of the company, and the Saturday matinee will include a post-show talk. With a different program each night, including Ailey classics and works by today's most exciting choreographers, fans might want to attend more than one performance.


Dates: March 27 – 30, 2014
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The Center's International Dance Series is made possible by:
Audrey Steele Burnand Endowed Fund for International Dance
The Segerstrom Foundation Endowment for Great Performances

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