Ailey's 60th Anniversary Holiday Season At New York City Center Leaps Into Final Weeks
As the holiday season swells, witness the final weeks of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's historic 60th Anniversary season at New York City Center. Upcoming highlights include a thrilling assortment of special programs, a new production of Artistic Director Robert Battle's Juba, and critically-acclaimed premieres and returning favorites, including Alvin Ailey's timeless masterpiece, Revelations.
Begin the weekend with Ailey's Three Visionaries program on December 14, featuring celebrated works by each of the Company's artistic directors: Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, and Robert Battle (repeats De. 26 mat). Timeless Ailey, presenting two acts of rarely seen excerpts from works by the Company's founder, returns during the Family Matinee Series on Saturday, December 16 (Timeless Ailey repeats Dec 22 mat + eve, 30 mat). Then, for the last three times this season, the All Ailey program will showcase a selection of Mr. Ailey's classics in their entirety (Dec 15 eve, 16 mat + eve).
Ailey's unforgettable performances continue with All New programs on December 18, 19, 20, and 29, featuring hip-hop pioneer Rennie Harris's Lazarus, 2018 Dance Magazine Award recipient Ronald K. Brown's The Call, the first American company's staging of Wayne McGregor's Kairos, and Jessica Lang's luminous EN.
On Friday, December 21, Ailey's All Battle program kicks off with a new production of Artistic Director Robert Battle's first work for the Company, Juba (2003). The quartet explores ritual and folk traditions in modern society against an original score by frequent collaborator John Mackey. The program also includes Ella, No Longer Silent, In/Side, and Mass (repeats Dec 23 eve, 27).
Be inspired by Ailey's powerful performances this season to begin 2019 with dance that will move the mind, body, and soul by partaking in an exclusive offer for audience members. Through "Ticket to Dance" audiences can redeem their Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater ticket stub for a complimentary dance or fitness class at Ailey Extension (offer expires after 60 days). Fulfilling Alvin Ailey's belief that "dance is for everybody," Ailey Extension offers over 25 diverse classes for students of all ages, levels, and backgrounds to find their inner dancer in a welcoming and non-competitive environment.
Don't miss Ailey's final 60th Anniversary performances in New York before the Company embarks on a 21-city North American tour from February 1 - May 12. For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.