Michigan Opera Theatre To Present Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 60th Anniversary Program

Michigan Opera Theatre To Present Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 60th Anniversary Program

Michigan Opera Theatre will present Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for three performances March 15-17 at the Detroit Opera House. The event celebrates the company's 60th anniversary with a special, two-act ballet, "Lazarus," as well as their signature piece, "Revelations" and other works. The company, recognized by the U.S. Congress as a vital American "Cultural Ambassador to the World," is known for celebrating the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition.

"The Alvin Ailey company has been a long-term favorite with our patrons, and we are delighted to welcome them back for their 12th visit to the Detroit Opera House," said MOT President and CEO Wayne S. Brown. "As they celebrate their 60th anniversary, we are honored that Detroit will serve as a host city for this special commemorative season."

"Lazarus," commissioned for their 60th anniversary tour, is the Company's first two-act ballet, celebrating the life of their founder based on his experiences. It examines Civil Rights through time and questions how much has changed or hasn't changed since Ailey formed his company in the late 50s. It is the third in a series of works by acclaimed hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris, following "Home," about the club culture around AIDS, and "Exodus," about police brutality and activism. Ailey will perform the work during its March 15th and 16th performances.

The March 17th performance will feature a repertory program including "Stack Up," "Shelter" and "Juba." Ailey's signature piece, "Revelations," will be performed at all three performances.

MOT will offer an afterglow following Saturday evening's performance where attendees will have the opportunity to meet company dancers. The event also includes drinks, a strolling reception and DJ & dancing.

Ticket prices for the performance range from $35 to $105. Tickets for the afterglow are $40 per person or $75 per couple (performance tickets are sold separately). Tickets may be purchased online at www.MichiganOpera.org, by calling (313) 237-7464 or in person at the Detroit Opera House (1526 Broadway, Detroit).

MOT's 2018-19 dance season is sponsored by the Lear Corporation.

For more information visit https://michiganopera.org/season-schedule/alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater/.

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