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Bryant Park Picnic Performances: Ailey Moves NYC! (FREE)

Bryant Park Picnic Performances: Ailey Moves NYC! (FREE)


Bryant Park


Bryant Park
Between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues
Manhattan, NY


Thursday, August 3, 2023 - 6:00pm



Bryant Park

Bryant Park Picnic Performances

Ailey Moves NYC!


Thursday, August 3

6PM: Ailey Extension West African Dance Class

7PM: Ailey II Performance


First-Come, First-Served Entry

All Bryant Park Picnic Performances Are FREE


Bryant Park Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America season of free, live performances continues on Thursday, August 3 with a performance from Ailey II, the celebrated second company to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, as well as an Ailey Extension West African dance class. This event is part of Ailey Moves NYC!, a summer celebration of dance featuring free activities for all ages across the five boroughs including performances by the rising stars of Ailey II, as well as dance classes and workshops led by The Ailey School, Ailey’s Arts In Education and Ailey Extension teachers and musicians.

Attendees to Bryant Park Picnic Performances may bring their own food or purchase from on-site food and beverage vendors near the Lawn. At all performances, attendees can discover new dishes and celebrate classics from the five boroughs with a rotating line-up of local artisanal vendors curated by Hester Street Fair. Stout NYC offers giant pretzels, gourmet popcorn and other light bites as well as a selection of beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

Additional performance information follows below. For the most current information please visit bryantpark.org/picnics


Performance Details

Thursday, August 3

6PM: Ailey Extension West African Dance Class

7PM: Ailey II Performance


Dance in Bryant Park with Ailey! Immerse yourself in West African music and culture with Maguette Camara and join Ailey Extension for a West African dance class featuring live drumming. This class is open to people of all ages and all levels of dance experience. Everyone can dance with Ailey!

Comprised of the most promising early-career dance talent in the country, Ailey II, led by Artistic Director Francesca Harper, is renowned for its electrifying performances, rigorous touring schedule, and community programs. In celebration of the company's 50th anniversary, Ailey II will perform a dynamic repertory featuring the incredible energy of an excerpt of William Forsythe’s Enemy in the Figure, an excerpt from Alvin Ailey’s lyrical ballet The Lark Ascending, Robert Battle’s percussive Takademe, and Harper’s galactical Freedom Series.


Complete Line Listings


July 21 – Carnegie Hall Citywide: Magos Herrera Ft. The Knights

July 28 – Carnegie Hall Citywide: Champe-Soukous Collective



August 03 – Ailey Moves NYC: Ailey II and Ailey Extension

August 04 – Carnegie Hall Citywide: Ndlovu Youth Choir

August 11 – Joe's Pub: Shaina Taub

August 18 – New York City Opera: The Barber of Seville

August 19 – New York City Opera: Alessandro Lora in Concert

August 25 – Accordions Around the World: Diana Burco, Suistamon Sähkö, Ragini Ensemble

August 26 – Roulette Intermedium: Immanuel Wilkins, 75 Dollar Bill, Ka Baird



September 01 – The Classical Theatre of Harlem: Langston in Harlem

September 07 – American Symphony Orchestra: American Expressions

September 08 – New York City Opera: Romeo and Juliet

September 09 – Drom: Gaye Su Akyol (U.S. Debut)

September 14 – Harlem Stage: 40th Anniversary Celebration


Photo credit: Rob DeMartin


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