+ Add An Event

Advertise With Us

Make an impression — place an ad on The Dance Enthusiast and receive thousands of eyes on your work every week. Learn more

Contribute

Your support helps us cover dance in New York City and beyond! Donate now.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Historic Lincoln Center Engagement

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Historic Lincoln Center Engagement

Dates:

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 7:35am

Opening Night Performance & Party


ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER OPENS HISTORIC LINCOLN CENTER ENGAGEMENT LED BY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ROBERT BATTLE
 
INSPIRING PERFORMANCES BY AILEY’S ACCLAIMED DANCERS CONTINUE THROUGH JUNE 16th, INCLUDING SATURDAY FAMILY MATINEE AND TWO PERFORMANCES ON FATHER’S DAY
 
On June 12, 2013, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s most popular dance companies, kicked off its seven performance engagement at the David H. Koch Theater.  The performance marked the Company’s historic return to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for the first time in over a decade and its first engagement there led by Artistic Director Robert Battle. 
 



Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Ronald K. Brown's Four Corners.  Photo Paul Kolnik


The evening began with the world premiere of
 Four Corners by celebrated choreographer Ronald K. Brown and also included performances of Jií Kylián’s Petite Mort and Alvin Ailey’s acclaimed American masterpiece Revelations.  Artistic Director Robert Battle beamed with pride as he took the stage to welcome the audience of over 2,000.

Following the performance, 350 guests joined Artistic Director Robert Battle and the stars of Ailey for a festive reception on the theater’s promenade, with a menu inspired by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson and exquisite event décor by David E. Monn. The party was attended by prominent figures in the worlds of entertainment, business, philanthropy, and politics, including Tika Sumpter, Debra Lee, Nelson George, Amsale Aberra, Gary Parr, Representative Theodore Deutch, New York City Councilmember Gale Brewer, Thelma Golden, Susan Fales Hill, Judith Byrd, and Ronald K. Brown


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Yannick Lebrun and Jacqueline Green in Jirí Kylián's Petite Mort. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Fortunately, there are still six additional opportunities to be inspired by Ailey’s amazing dancers at Lincoln Center before the engagement closes with Father’s Day performances on Sunday, June 16th at 3pm and 7:30pm.   A free question-and-answer session with the dancers will follow the inspiring finale of Revelations at the Saturday, June 15th 2pm Family Matinee.  For all performances, subject to availability.  A 5 Student Rush Offer is available on the day-of for all performances, subject to availability. 
 
The opening night program will be repeated on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday evening.  An alternate program, premiering tonight and repeating on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, features Garth Fagan’s From Before, Ronald K. Brown’s Grace, and Robert Battle’s Takademe   Saturday evening’s program will conclude with Ohad Naharin’s phenomenally inventive Minus 16, a work unlike any other in the Ailey repertory in the way it challenges the dancers to improvise and breaks down barriers between audience and performers.  All programs, except for Saturday evening, will conclude with the must-see Revelations.
 
For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.alvinailey.org/lc.  Tickets may also be purchased at the David H. Koch Box Office, by phone at 212-496-0600, or online at either www.alvinailey.org/lc or www.lincolncenter.org.  DAY-OF PERFORMANCE STUDENT RUSH: 5 cash in-person at the box office ONLY with presentation of valid student ID. Subject to availability. Limit one ID/person; one ticket/ID.


+ Add An Event