Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Returns to Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater for a Two-Week Engagement, 6/11-22
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world's most popular dance companies,will return to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with four different programs for a two-week 15-performance engagement at the David H. Koch Theater June 11 - 22, 2014. Today, Artistic Director Robert Battle announced repertory for the season, highlighted by a world premiere from Robert Moses - a first-time collaboration with the Company - new productions of Hans van Manen's Polish Pieces and David Parsons' signature work Caught, along with the company premiere of Asadata Dafora's groundbreaking 1932 solo Awassa Astrige/Ostrich. Ailey's acclaimed dancers will perform in diverse repertory including encore performances of 2013-14 season premieres and new productions such as Wayne McGregor's Chroma and an "Ailey/Ellington" program, as well as favorites like Alvin Ailey's American masterpiece Revelations.
In 2013, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's seven-performance engagement at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts was the Company's first appearance there in 13 years. "To culminate the 25th season since the passing of our legendary founder, it gives me great pride to lead the Company back to Lincoln Center for an extended two-week engagement with four programs that showcase the range and artistry of Ailey's unparalleled dancers," said Artistic Director Robert Battle. "Alvin Ailey was a pioneer in creating an American modern dance repertory company and I'm thrilled to extend his vision through an expansive variety of new and acclaimed works by the widest array of choreographers. It is also wonderful that the Ailey Spirit Gala will kick-off the engagement with a joyous and very meaningful celebration."
The 2014 engagement opens on Wednesday, June 11th at 7pm with the inaugural Ailey Spirit Gala benefit honoring Ailey Board of Trustees Chair Joan H. Weill for her exceptional leadership and dedication to Ailey over the past 20 years. Sanford I. Weill andVanessa Williams are Honorary Chairs for the benefit, sponsored by FedEx Corporation, that will provide scholarships for talented students of The Ailey School and supports Ailey's extensive Arts In Education & Community Programs. Highlights of the opening performance celebration include the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Caught and Revelations and appearances by the rising stars of Ailey II, gifted young dancers from The Ailey School, and talented students from AileyCamp. A soirée on the promenade follows the performance and tickets are available by calling 212-405-9031.
Robert Moses' world premiere on Thursday, June 12th at 7:30pm is being created especially for the Company's Koch Theater engagement and marks his first collaboration with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Known for sexy, sophisticated choreography that makes audiences want to dance too, he has choreographed for film, theater and opera, exploring topics ranging from oral African-American traditions, urban culture and the nuanced complexities of parentage and identity.
This program (also scheduled for 6/14 eve, 6/18 eve, & 6/22 matinee) includes an encore performance of Chroma, a 2013 company premiere filled with layered, beautiful dancing and astonishing lifts by multi award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor. Created in 2006 for The Royal Ballet, the piece has a driving score by Joby Talbot and orchestrations of music by Jack White III of The White Stripes and a luminous set by minimalist architect John Pawson. The performance will end with Alvin Ailey's always inspiring must-see American classic Revelations.
The Friday, June 13th 8pm performance marks the company premiere of Awassa Astrige/Ostrich by Sierra Leone-born choreographer Asadata Dafora, who blended his vision of a traditional African dance with Western staging in this groundbreaking 1932 solo set to Carl Riley's score of African drumming and flute. With arms flapping like wings, torso rippling and head held high, a warrior is transformed into the proud, powerful ostrich - the king of birds. Dafora is recognized as one of the first to present African dance on the concert stage, influencing many future artists like Pearl Primus and Katherine Dunham.
Along with Awassa Astrige/Ostrich, this program (repeated on 6/15 eve & 6/21 eve) will include Ronald K. Brown's landmark and spiritually-charged Grace, Ohad Naharin's unique and innovative Minus 16 and D-Man in the Waters (Part I), Bill T. Jones'"Bessie" Award-winning modern dance classic celebrating life and the resiliency of the human spirit that embodies loss, hope and triumph with non-stop movement set to Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 20 (1825).