Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!

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 the world premiere of Matthew Rushing's. Fittingly, ODETTA, which celebrates the legendary singer known as the "voice of the Civil Rights Movement." premiered on National Human Rights Day. Fans can catch ODETTA seven more times this season: Dec 13 Mat, 14 eve, 18 eve, 20 eve, 26, 28 eve, 31 mat.

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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.

Photo Credit: Naya Samuel

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Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Suzanne Vega

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
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: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Jeroboam Bozeman, Harry Belafonte, Matthew Rushing and Judith Jamison

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Hope Boykin, Harry Belafonte, Matthew Rushing and Judith Jamison

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Harry Belafonte, Robert Battle and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater members

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Harry Belafonte, Jessye Norman and Matthew Rushing

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Harry Belafonte with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Renee Robinson, Harry Belafonte, and Antonio Douthit-Boyd

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Rochelle Aytes

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Laverne Cox with Daniel Harder and Kirven and Antonio Douthit Boyd

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Actors Laverne Cox and Khalil Kain

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Ruben Santiago Hudson and Robert Battle

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Khalil Kain and Kirven Douthit-Boyd

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Eric and Daria Wallach with Bennett Rink

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Jacqueline Green and Ghrai DeVore with Bevy Smith

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Hope Boykin and Masazumi Chaya with Harry Belafonte

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Daniel Harder, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Antonio Douthit-Boyd, with Board Chairs Daria and Eric Wallach

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Daniel Harder, Ghrai DeVore, Jacqueline Green and Antonio Douthit-Boyd

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Robert Battle and Judith Jamison

Photo Flash: First Look at ODETTA Premiere - Star-Studded Event With Harry Belafonte, Laverne Cox, Suzanne Vega and More!
Antonio Douthit-Boyd, Daniel Harder, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Troy Powell, and Bevy Smith

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