The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is coming back to Lincoln Center, more relevant than ever.
From June 10 to 21, the company will perform such works as:
After the Rain Pas de Deux by Christopher Wheeldon, the Tony-nominated director and choreographer of An American in Paris on Broadway. His After the Rain was a huge hit for the New York City ballet in 2005. Now this sensual dance set to music by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is revealed in a fresh light as the Ailey dancers make it their own.
Uprising, by Hofesh Shecter’s, offers a study in dance of institutional violence against black men.
Exodus, a world premiere by bold hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris being created especially for the engagement, will debut on Thursday, June 11. Exodus is set to gospel and house music along with poetic narration. The “exodus” of the title implies an exit from one’s ignorance and conformity.
Odetta, by Matthew Rushing, celebrates the life and music of singer and civil rights activist Odetta Holmes, whom Martin Luther King Jr. dubbed “the queen of American folk music.” (The dancing in the video starts at 00:37, after the credits.)
Other highlights include:
The company premiere of No Longer Silent, a dance by Ailey artistic director Robert Battle set to music by composers whose work the Nazis had banned. And a new production of Judith Jamison’s A Case of You, an emotional and sensual duet performed to Diana Krall’s version of Joni Mitchell’s song.
Tickets start at $25. For details, schedules and to get tickets, check out Alvin Ailey