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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Announces Lincoln Center Season (June 12-16, 2019)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Announces Lincoln Center Season (June 12-16, 2019)


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY


Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 8:00pm daily through June 16, 2019



Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
June 12 – 16, 2019 at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater
20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY (Columbus Avenue at 63rd Street)
(212) 496-0600 / www.davidhkochtheater.com


Programming – Subject to Change

Bold Visions: New Moultrie / The Call, Juba / Revelations   
Wednesday, 6/12 at 7:30pm | Saturday, 6/15 at 2pm (Family Matinee followed by free post-performance Q&A w/dancers)

The Ailey Spirit Gala: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Ailey School
Performances by AileyCamp, The Ailey School, Ailey II & Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, incl. Revelations 
Thursday, 6/13 at 7:00pm 

Trailblazers: Lazarus / Revelations  
Friday, 6/14 at 8:00pm | Saturday, June 15 at 8:00pm 

Timeless Ailey: Special program of Ailey excerpts / Revelations 
Sunday, 6/16 at 3:00pm

An Evening Honoring Carmen de Lavallade: Special excerpts, The Call / New Moultrie / Revelations
Sunday, 6/16 at 7:30pm



Untitled Moultrie (World Premiere)
Choreography by Darrell Grand Moultrie
The lasting impact of a teacher’s influence on a young child is at the heart of this world premiere by Darrell Grand Moultrie, who The New York Times has called “someone to watch” for his “playful wit and uncommon skill.” Using 12 dancers and an original score, Moultrie reflects on the legacies that we’re all a part of and the universal journey that each person takes to find – and share – their passion.

Lazarus (2018-19 Season World Premiere)
Choreography by Rennie Harris  Music: Darrin Ross, Nina Simon, Terence Trent D’Arby, Michael Kiwanuka, Odetta
Acclaimed hip-hop choreographer Rennie (Lorenzo) Harris returns to Ailey this season with the Company’s first two-act work, Lazarus. Inspired by the life and legacy of Mr. Ailey, Harris connects past and present in a powerful work that addresses the racial inequities America faced when Mr. Ailey founded this company in 1958 and still faces today. Harris’ previous contributions to the Ailey repertory include Exodus (2015), Home(2011), and Love Stories (2004), an acclaimed collaboration with Judith Jamison and Robert Battle.

The Call (2018-19 Season World Premiere)
Choreography by Ronald K. Brown Music: Johan Sebastian Bach, Mary Lou Williams, Asase Yaa Entertainment Group
Ronald K. Brown’s joyous mix of modern and West African dance idioms – seen previously in Grace (1999), Open Door (2015), Four Corners (2013), and other works – fits the Ailey dancers perfectly, and his themes of spiritual awakening and redemption never fail to inspire. The Call, which is Brown’s seventh work for the Company and a love letter to Mr. Ailey, promises to once again rouse audiences with Brown’s infectious call for harmony and hope.



Juba (2003 / New Production 2018)
Juba, Artistic Director Robert Battle’s first work for the Company, explores where ritual and folk traditions exist in today's society, as four dancers engage in a modern day "Rite of Spring" with an abstract twist. An original score by John Mackey for string quartet and percussion drives the mood of this edgy, ritualistic work, called "electrifying” by The New York Times.

Timeless Ailey 
Choreography by Alvin Ailey
Music: Various Artists
This special program brings new vitality to over a dozen treasures from Mr. Ailey’s wonderfully rich body of work, including highlights of seldom-seen gems Hidden Rites, Mary Lou’s Mass, and The Lark Ascending as well as perennial favorites like Memoria, Night Creature, and Cry. Act I excerpts: Blues Suite (1958), Streams(1970), Pas de Duke (1976), Mary Lou’s Mass (1971), The Lark Ascending (1972), Hidden Rites (1973), Night Creature (1974), and Cry (1971). Act II excerpts: Phases (1980), Opus McShann (1988), For Bird – With Love (1984), Love Songs (1984), Memoria (1979). 



Revelations (1960) 
Choreography by Alvin Ailey
Music: Traditional Spirituals
More than just a popular dance work, Revelations has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans and acclaimed as a must‐see for all. Alvin Ailey’s signature masterpiece is a tribute to his heritage. Using African-American spirituals, the work fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. Seeing Revelations for the first time or the hundredth can be a transcendent experience. Audiences cheer, sing along, and dance in their seats from the opening notes of the plaintive “I Been ’Buked” to the rousing “Wade in the Water” and the triumphant finale, “Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham.”


Photo: AAADT's J.Harris, J.Bozeman, S.Roberts, and S.Dumas in Robert Battle's "Juba." Photo by Paul Kolnik

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