Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Downtown New York reunion season kicks off
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater kicks off its reunion season with a one-night only fundraising gala on Wednesday, December 1 at 7 p.m.
Complete with an exceptional performance in downtown New York and dinner at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. The joyous celebration of “Honoring Our Audiences, Our Inspiration” supports the creation of new artwork, scholarships for Ailey School and Ailey’s educational programs for children.
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The co-chairs of the event are Emily & Len Blavatnik, Paulette Mullings Bradnock & Howard Bradnock, Daria L & Eric J. Wallach, Joan & Sandy Weill and Pamela D. Zilly & John H. Schaefer; the vice-presidents are Jill & Gunther Bright and Anthony A. Lewis.
This gala features the artistic director Robert battle duo tour de force Ella with the added thrill of live music from the GRAMMY® nominated singer Jazzmeia Horn, the Love stories finale portraying a bright future built on the lessons and legacy of the past, and Clifton Brown and talented students from Ailey’s school in Bird Lives !, an excerpt from Alvin Ailey’s danced tribute to jazz legend Charlie “Bird” Parker. Performance culminates with the inspiring finale of Alvin Ailey’s iconic masterpiece Revelations.
After the performance, prominent figures from entertainment, business, philanthropy and politics gather for an evening of dinner and dancing at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Expected guests include Danielle Brooks, Dario Calmese, gymnast Nia Dennis, fashion designer Tremaine Emory, Jillian Hervey (Lion Babe), Sunny Hostin, Harry Lennix, Arthur Lewis, Ally Love, Julia Stiles, Pose Ryan Jamaal Swain, Lorraine Toussaint, Danielle Moné Truitt (“Law and order: organized crime“), Jamila Wignot (director “AILEY”), Larry Wilmore and Ricardo A. Zayas (“West Side Story”). Click here for the whole Opening night gala benefit press release.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 3: MAINTENANCE SPACE – STAGE IN THE CITY CENTER
Friday December 3 Ailey reveals the world premiere of resident choreographer Jamar Roberts Waiting area, which was translated from the dance film in the center of the stage. Amidst civil unrest and our relentless threat to the natural world, Waiting area examines the ways we care. It asks the question: In what ways can we collectively accommodate each other to better navigate this new and unprecedented terrain? This overall work functions as a container, a sacred space created to give shape and contain the complex emotions of this moment. At its core, it is about healing and finding lasting paths to wholeness.
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Performance dates: eve of December 3, eve of December 9
FRIDAY DECEMBER 3: FOR FOUR – STAGE STAGE IN DOWNTOWN
Take four amazing Ailey’s dancers and add in Wynton Marsalis’ delightful jazz score – written in 4/4 – and you’ll understand why Robert Battle cheekily titled this exuberant short piece. For four. Capturing the pent-up energy of a world locked in during the pandemic, Battle expresses the will to perform and the electricity of the dancers who come together to create.
Performance dates: eve of December 3, eve of December 7, eve of December 9, eve of December 11, eve of December 17
MORE HIGHLIGHTS OF WEEK 1
SATURDAY DECEMBER 4: 50 YEARS OF CRI
50 years of Shout on Saturday, December 4 at 8 p.m., celebrates Alvin Ailey’s beloved classic dedicated to “all black women around the world, especially our mothers”. The 16-minute tour de force solo, created on his superb muse, Judith Jamison, caused a sensation when it debuted on May 4, 1971 in downtown New York and has become an enduring American work of art. . Ms. Jamison has since taught the valuable role to subsequent generations of Ailey women, such as Jacqueline Green who is seen performing the iconic work from the current Netflix film “Really Love.”
Performance dates: eve of December 4, eve of December 15
On Sunday afternoon, watch a lively performance and then stay for a free Q&A with Ailey’s acclaimed dancers at the theater.
Performance dates: Dec. 5 matt, 12 matt, 19 matt
BLUE SUITE AILEY EXTENSION WORKSHOP – DECEMBER 4
Join world-renowned dancer, former Ailey Company member and Ailey Extension instructor, Sarita Allen for a special Alvin Ailey choreography learning workshop Blue Suite Saturday, Dec. 4 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. Blue Suite is often documented as Mr. Ailey’s first masterpiece, where he found his own miraculous voice as a creative artist presenting real people on the concert dance scene, defining his choreographic genius. As Jennifer Dunning wrote in her book Alvin Ailey: A Life in the Dance, “[Blues Suite] takes place in a “sports house”. The characters are the men and women who frequent the place, drink, dance and flirt to the music of the blues during a night that ends with the morning sounds of a train and church bells. This workshop is accessible in the studio and online.
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CALENDAR LIST INFORMATION
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, returns to the downtown New York stage from December 1 to 19, 2021 for a season that has become a joyous winter tradition led by artistic director Robert Battle who marks a decade of driving the Company forward, Ailey’s extraordinary dancers will stir audiences with world premieres, new productions, repertoire favorites and classics like the masterpiece. American work Revelations, acclaimed as a must-see for all. Tickets starting at $ 29 are on sale and can be purchased at the New York City Center Box Office, through CityTix® at (212) 581-1212 or online at www.alvinailey.org Where www.nycitycenter.org. Discounted tickets are available for Ailey Super Fans who purchase tickets for more than one performance, for students with appropriate ID, and for groups of 10 or more (discounts do not apply not at $ 29 tickets). The Saturday Family Matinee series includes a post-performance Q&A with the Ailey dancers and increased ticket availability at $ 29; but buy early for the best selection of seats. For group sales, call 212-405-9082 or email [email protected] For more information visit www.alvinailey.org.
Opening Night Gala (December 1) 7:00 p.m. (note curtain time earlier)
Tuesday to Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday evening 8:00 p.m.
Sunday mornings at 3:00 p.m.
TICKET TO DANCE
Spectators are invited to join in the dancing at Ailey Extensionreal lessons for real people with “Ticket to Dance”. First-time students can redeem their show ticket stub for a free dance or fitness class, in the studio or virtually. The offer is valid until February 28, 2022.
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THE NEXT PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
TUESDAY DECEMBER 7: BATTLE 10E BIRTHDAY
A battle 10e The anniversary program is unveiled on Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m., marking a decade of visionary leadership from Creative Director Robert Battle that has taken the company forward in exciting ways into a seventh decade. The program features a new production of the sensual and swirling duo of Robert Battle Unfold, evoking the tenderness and ecstasy in the air “Since Le Jour” by Gustave Charpentier sung by the incomparable Léontyne Price. The evening also includes Ella, for four, Inside, Love stories final, Mass, and Takademy. Proceeds from the December 11 performance will go to the Ailey Dancers’ Resource Fund, which helps current and former members of the company with career transition grants, creative endeavors, or emergency loans.
Performance dates: eve of December 7, eve of December 11, eve of December 17
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9: CELEBRATE JAMAR ROBERTS
A special program on Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. celebrates Ailey’s resident choreographer Jamar roberts, in a farewell performance for someone who left an indelible mark as a dancer for two decades and now performs fascinating dances that artfully address contemporary issues such as gun violence and, more recently, the effect devastating pandemic and police misconduct on black bodies and black lives. Before moving to the forefront of creating dance-on-film during the pandemic, Roberts’ dance delighted Ailey’s audiences, receiving rave reviews since 2002. Roberts received a 2016 Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer for her achievements sustained “for having impeccably represented the traditional values of modern classical dance while opening new avenues with her sublime artistry, technical precision and passionate presence with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.” The program will feature his Waiting area, special performances by Roberts in Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, a newly created solo, You are the golden hour that would soon fade away, and more. The evening will also include a call from Dancers Responding to AIDS to raise essential funds for those battling the disease.
Photo credit: 1) 2) AAADT’s + Jacqueline + Green by Paul Kolnik. 3)