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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 50th Anniversary Celebration
By Sentinel News Service
Published March 19, 2009

The 2008-2009 season of Dance at the Music Center continues through March 22nd with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, celebrating its 50th anniversary, and marking the company's fifth visit to the Music Center. Led by Artistic Director Judith Jamison and Associate Artistic Director Masazumi Chaya, a highlight of Ailey’s 50th anniversary celebration will be the eagerly anticipated collaboration with Sweet Honey In The Rock (performing live onstage on Opening Night). All programs include the inspirational Revelations.

This year Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT), America’s cultural ambassador to the world, marks its 50th anniversary of bringing African-American cultural expression and the American modern dance tradition to the world’s stages. Following a celebratory New York season, which opened with a December 3rd Golden Anniversary Gala with Oprah Winfrey as Honorary Chair and Honored Guest, AAADT will now bring the beauty, power, passion and artistry that are its hallmarks to audiences across the United States with a 50-city global tour in celebration of AAADT’s 50th Anniversary. Opening Night features the Southern California premiere of Go in Grace, a new work with original music by Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Performing live onstage (opening night) with the incomparable Ailey dancers, the Grammy Award-winning female a cappella ensemble will match their soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms to company member Hope Boykin’s powerful choreography.

The season repertory also includes the Anniversary season World Premiere of Festa Barocca by Mauro Bigonzetti, new productions of George Faison’s Suite Otis and Alvin Ailey’s Blues Suite, repertory favorite Treading choreographed by Elisa Monte, and an Anniversary Highlights Special Program celebrating the genius of Alvin Ailey. Each performance will open with the showing of a short film, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at 50 – A Golden Anniversary Celebration commemorating the rich 50-year history of this internationally renowned dance company. All programs include the inspirational Revelations.

Program A with "Go in Grace," “Suite Otis," and "Revelations" will be performed March 18 at 7:30pm. Program B with "Festa Barocca," "Treading," and "Revelations" will be performed on March 19 at 7:30pm & March 22 at 2:00pm. Program C with "Anniversary Highlights,” and "Revelations" will be performed on March 20 at 7:30pm & March 21 at 2:00pm. Program D with “Blues Suite,” “Suite Otis,” and “Revelations” will be performed on March 21 at 7:30pm.

Tickets for Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater are priced from $25 – $105 and are available at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office, 135 North Grand Avenue. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster Phone Charge at (213) 365-3500 or (714) 740-7878, at all Ticketmaster Outlets and online at For groups of 15 or more, visit

The Music Center values the power of the arts to educate, engage, and strengthen community through its distinct dance, arts education, and community outreach programs – all of which will be employed during Ailey Week, on the unique occasion of having Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater here to celebrate its 50th anniversary, showcasing the Music Center’s ongoing commitment to leadership in the arts.

For more information about this, and all Dance at the Music Center engagements, visit

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