BWW Reviews: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Brings Variety to the Stage
So you've decided you want to see Alvin Ailey this holiday season- now what? There are so many different numbers and performances, so where do you start? Which night do you go? How do you choose? After going to Alvin Ailey two weekends in a row, I was amazed at how much the two nights differed and, after recommending the show to my friends, I decided I should help out by giving a brief description of what to expect on oncoming nights to help you pick the night that's best for you.
This past weekend, it was all about Ailey. The show honored the collaboration between Alvin Ailey and Duke Ellington, and celebrated the "genius and versatility of Ailey," said Robert Battle, the artistic director, as he opened up the show. For anyone who is familiar with Ellington, you can imagine the smooth jazz music and dancing that took place throughout the evening. The show began with Ailey'sNight Creature, in which the dancers performed like smooth alley cats, dancing quickly yet fluidly in a mixture of ballet, jazz, and swing. Pas de Duke was next- a flirty duet that illustrated Ailey's humor, and showcased the amazing collaboration of Ailey and Ellington through the accents and musicality in the choreography that blended perfectly with the music. The River followed, which featured amazing lifts, turns, and flexibility that left the crowd gasping in awe. If you are a fan of Ellington, jazz music, ballet, classic Ailey, and smooth swing, then Ailey/Ellington on December 21 is the show for you.