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Alvin Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Returns to Music Center
By Sentinel News Service
Published March 31, 2022

Cry
Choreography: Alvin Ailey
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik
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The Music Center welcomes the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, back to Los Angeles for five days of dance and learning that celebrate the decade-long leadership of its visionary Artistic Director Robert Battle as part of the 19th season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center.

Ailey’s renowned artists will perform a diverse repertory of premieres. Highlights include a “Battle 10th Anniversary” program; an All Ailey program featuring “Blues Suite,” Alvin Ailey’s original masterpiece based upon his “blood memories” of growing up in rural Texas, “Cry,” his beloved classic dedicated to “all Black women everywhere—especially our mothers” and a new production of Battle’s “Reflections in D” from Ailey’s legendary collaboration with Duke Ellington; and the return of hip-hop innovator Rennie Harris’s acclaimed “Lazarus.” Each performance will culminate in Alvin Ailey’s American masterpiece “Revelations,”  which has inspired generations through its powerful storytelling and soul-stirring spirituals since its creation in 1960. The company will also work with students and senior citizens to explore the choreography and history of Revelations through in-person residencies.

“Since Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s first appearance with Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center in 2004, the company’s performances in Los Angeles have been the most anticipated of every dance season,” said Rachel S. Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center.

Revelations
Choreographer: Alvin Ailey
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Credit Photo: ©Paul Kolnik
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“This year feels especially meaningful since it’s the company’s first post-pandemic appearance at The Music Center, and it marks a decade of Artistic Director Robert Battle’s leadership. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is truly a national treasure, and it is an honor to celebrate this milestone with performances that will uplift and connect audiences at a time we need it most.”

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“Alvin Ailey’s vision opened the door for generations of artists to use dance to inspire, unite and enlighten,” stated Artistic Director Robert Battle.

“Despite the twists and turns on the road we have all traveled together, we continue to find new ways to share artistry that renews our spirit of courage, hope and joy. I am thrilled we are returning to The Music Center and deeply humbled to have led this seminal Company for a decade, joined by incomparable dancers and choreographers on a journey of discovery that extends from the powerful works of our founder to the important voices of today—an ongoing dance dialogue that shines a light on the strength and resilience of our common humanity around the world.”

Lazarus
Act II
Choreographer: Rennie Harris
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik
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nyc 212-362-7778

At the current time, The Music Center requires all members of the public who attend performances and events inside The Music Center’s four theatres to show proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 with a booster as eligible or provide a negative COVID-19 test.

An antigen test must be taken within 24 hours prior to the start of the event, and a PCR test must be taken within 48 hours prior to the start time; this includes children over two years of age. At-home COVID tests will not be accepted for entry.

All current visitors to The Music Center’s indoor venues must wear a face covering, whether fully vaccinated or not. Respiration masks (N95, KN95 and KF94) or well-fitting medical/surgical masks are recommended. These policies could change and will be adapted to current conditions.

Blues Suite
Choreographer: Alvin Ailey
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Credit Photo: ©Paul Kolnik
[email protected]
NYC 917-673-3003

Tickets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performances at The Music Center start at $34 and are available online at musiccenter.org/ailey; at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office, 135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012; or by calling (213) 972-0711. For groups of 10 or more, call (213) 972- 8555 or email [email protected].

The 19th season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center is generously supported by Glorya Kaufman Foundation, Center Dance Arts, Dorothy B. Chandler Program Fund and Elisabeth Katte Harris. Bank of America is Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s national tour sponsor.

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