Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Launches South American Tour This September
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congress as a vital American "Cultural Ambassador to the World,"returns to South America after 15 years with a robust schedule of 20 performances and a variety of educational activities for area students. The first visit to South America led by Artistic Director Robert Battle includes engagements in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at Cidade das Artes from September 11-15, São Paulo, Brazil at Credicard Hall from September 19-22, and Buenos Aires, Argentina at Teatro Coliseo from September 26-29. Bloomberg is the lead sponsor of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's international tour to Brazil.
After a record-breaking New York season, 21-city United States tour and an historic engagement at Lincoln Center, the unparalleled artistry and technique of Ailey's 30 dancers will now reach international audiences with a diverse repertory representing a wide range of important choreographic voices. The Brazil performances feature the international premiere of celebrated choreographer Ronald K. Brown's Four Corners. Ailey's dancers have become known as stirring interpreters oF Brown's unique dance storytelling involving his signature blend of modern dance and West African idioms. Set to the music of Carl Hancock Rux and various artists, the work's 11 dancers bring to life the vision of four angels standing on the four corners of the earth holding the four winds.
All programs end with the inspiring Revelations, an American classic acclaimed as a must?see for all. Alvin Ailey's signature piece is a tribute to his heritage and a testament to his genius. Using African-American religious music - spirituals - this suite fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.
"Building upon Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's history of extensive international tours and performances in South America since 1963, I'm proud to lead the Company back after 15 years for a fifth visit to the continent," stated Robert Battle, who became Artistic Director in 2011. "Mr. Ailey said it so well; 'Dance came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people.' I'm grateful for Bloomberg's support of the engagement and excited for audiences to witness uplifting performances, and for students to experience memorable interactions with the world's most amazing dancers."
Ailey's dancers will lead nearly a dozen lecture demonstrations, workshops and master classes for students throughout the tour, and young people will be invited to attend select performances. Before the September 11th opening In Rio de Janeiro, Ailey Guest Artist and Rehearsal Director Matthew Rushing and three company members will conduct a workshop with Grupo Cultural AfroReggae at Espaco Benjamin de Oliveira. In coordination with the United States Consulate, prior to the September 19th launch of performances in São Paulo, Hope Boykin and four other Ailey dancers will visit Museu Afro-Brasil for a lecture-demonstration with 80 young people from Ação Comunitária, and a workshop with students from Fabrica de Cultura.
"Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is world renowned. Artistic Director Robert Battle and the Ailey Dancers will bring enormous pleasure to audiences in Rio and São Paulo. Bloomberg is honored to host the Dance Company in Brazil," said Geraldo Coelho, Bloomberg's Head of Sales for South America.