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Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere

Last night's Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's ODETTA premiere performance was star studded with guests including Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Jessye Norman, Carmen de Lavallade, Bevy Smith, Suzanne Vega, Ruben Santiago Hudson, Michela Angela Davis, Khalil Kain, Rochelle Aytes, Pastors Michael A Walrond Jr., and Reverend LaKeesha Waldrond attending Matthew Rushing's world premiere. Fittingly, ODETTA, which celebrates the legendary singer known as the "voice of the Civil Rights Movement," premiered on National Human Rights Day. BroadwayWorld has photos from the premiere below!

Fans can catch ODETTA seven more times this season: Dec 13 Mat, 14 eve, 18 eve, 20 eve, 26, 28 eve, 31 mat.

The Company continues its five-week New York City Center engagement with a Tuesday, December 17th performance celebrating the Women of Ailey, who are renowned for their inspiring performances. The special program includes the season's only performances of Alvin Ailey's tour-de-force solo Cry and Ulysses Dove's powerful female ensemble work Vespers, along with Night Creature and Revelations.

In addition to the company premiere of Jacqulyn Buglisi's mesmerizing ensemble piece Suspended Women on Friday, December 12th; other upcoming 3rd week performance highlights includeAiley/Ellington (Dec 17, 21mat, Jan 3 mat) and "All New" programs (Dec 18, 20 eve, 26, 28 eve, 31 mat).

Celebrate the holidays with your family and friends at New York City Center as Ailey's dancers captivate fans with stirring performances that have audiences looking for their seatbelts! In addition to Performances scheduled on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day; a special New Year's Eve celebration on December 31st at 7:00pm, will feature Ailey stars from the past five decades joining current company members for a unique rendition of Revelations. For more information visit www.alvinailey.org.

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Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Matthew Rushing's ODETTA

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Matthew Rushing's ODETTA

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Hope Boykin

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere

Hope Boykin

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Harry Belafonte, Jessye Norman and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Matthew Rushing

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Actor Khalil Kain and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Kirven Douthit-Boyd

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Antonio Douthit-Boyd, Daniel Harder and Kirven Douthit-Boyd with Ailey II's Artistic Director Troy Powell and Bravo TV's Bevy Smith

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Renee Robinson, Harry Belafonte and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Antonio Douthit-Boyd

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Actor Ruben Santiago Hudson and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theaters's Artistic Director Robert Battle

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Actress Rochelle Aytes

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Jacqueline Green and Ghrai DeVore with Bravo TV's Fashion Queens Host Bevy Smith

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Daniel Harder, Ghrai DeVore, Jacqueline Green and Antonio Douthit-Boyd

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Artistic Director Robert Battle and Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Board Chairs Eric and Daria Wallach with Executive Director Bennett Rink

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Daniel Harder, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Antonio Douthit-Boyd, with Board Chairs Daria and Eric Wallach

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Singer Suzanne Vega

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Actress Laverne Cox with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Daniel Harder and Kirven and Antonio Douthit Boyd

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Ruben Santiago Hudson, Pastor Michael A. Walrond, Jr., Reverend LaKeesha Walrond, Laverne Cox, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Khalil Kain, Bevy Smith, Michaela Angela Davis and Guest

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Harry Belafonte, Artistic Director Robert Battle and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater members after premiere of Matthew Rushing's ODETTA

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Actress Laverne Cox and actor Khalil Kain

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Hope Boykin and Masazumi Chaya with Harry Belafonte

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Hope Boykin, Harry Belafonte, Matthew Rushing and Judith Jamison

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Jeroboam Bozeman, Harry Belafonte, Matthew Rushing and Judith Jamison

Photo Flash: Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox and More Attend Alvin Ailey's ODETTA Premiere
Harry Belafonte with AAADT after the Premiere of Matthew Rushing's ODETTA



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