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Program Announced! Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, March 22-25

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns this March for 5 performances at the Boch Center Wang Theatre, and we’re excited to share details on this year’s program. This year features two Boston premieres, re-staged classics, and three works by Artistic Director Robert Battle — as well as Alvin Ailey’s signature work, Revelations, set to close each program. No matter which date you choose, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience!

Learn more about the works coming to Boston this March, and find the full program by date below.

AAADT in Jamar Roberts’ Members Don’t Get Weary. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Members Don’t Get Weary (2017, Boston Premiere)

Choreography: Jamar Roberts
Music: John Coltrane

Created by current Ailey star Jamar Roberts and set to two recordings by John Coltrane, this powerful, deeply musical new work explores how it feels to have – and to transcend – the blues.

AAADT’s Jacqueline Green & Danica Paulos in Twyla Tharp’s The Golden Section. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

The Golden Section (1983, new production 2017)

Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Music: David Byrne

Twyla Tharp’s exuberant, virtuosic work with new wave music by David Byrne of the Talking Heads pushes the dancers to the limit of their physicality.

AAADTs Jamar Roberts in Talley Beatty’s Stack-Up. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

Stack-Up (1982, new production 2017)

Choreography: Talley Beatty
Music: Earth, Wind, & Fire, Grover Washington, Jr., Fearless Four, and Alphonze Mouzon

Talley Beatty’s narrative ballet, inspired by the disparate people brought together by a Los Angeles freeway traffic jam, evokes the gritty streetscapes of the disco era as a drug pusher tempts two lovers in a crowded nightclub.

AAADT in Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s Victoria. Photo by Christopher Duggan.

Victoria (2017, Boston Premiere)

Choreography: Gustavo Ramírez Sansano
Music: Michael Gordon

Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano illustrates the hope and momentum toward change that art offers. Athletic movements pair with Michael Gordon’s propulsive “Rewriting Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony” to create a vital, thrilling work.

AAADT in Robert Battle’s Mass. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

Mass (2004)

Choreography: Robert Battle
Music: John Mackey

Inspired by a choir performing Verdi’s Requiem, Ailey company Artistic Director Robert Battle creates shifting tableaus of groups and individuals, always exploring the celebrant’s place in the ritual.

AAADT in Alvin Ailey’s Revelations. Photo by Nan Melville.

Revelations (1960)

Choreography: Alvin Ailey
Music: Traditional

This year, every performance closes with Alvin Ailey’s unforgettable Revelations. From “I’ve Been ‘Buked” through “Rocka My Soul,” experience the magic all over again, or for the first time!

AAADT’s Jacquelin Harris and Megan Jakel in Robert Battle’s Ella. Photo by Christopher Duggan.

Ella (2016)

Choreography: Robert Battle
Music: Ella Fitzgerald

Robert Battle’s high-energy lightning-fast comic work challenges a pair of dancers to keep up with Ella Fitzgerald’s scatting. This 2008 solo piece was reworked as a crowd-pleasing duet in 2016.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Samuel Lee Roberts in Robert Battle’s In/Side. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

In/Side (2008)

Choreography: Robert Battle
Music: Nina Simone

Visceral, thrilling, and passionate, Robert Battle’s solo work for a male dancer set to Nina Simone’s haunting rendition of “Wild is the Wind” is a tour de force.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Boston Schedule:

Thursday, March 22, 7:30pm

Members Don’t Get Weary (2017)
Choreography: Jamar Roberts
Music: John Coltrane

The Golden Section (1983, new production 2017)
Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Music: David Byrne

In/Side (2008)
Choreography: Robert Battle
Music: Nina Simone

Revelations (1960)
Choreographer: Alvin Ailey
Music: Traditional

Friday, March 23, 8:00pm

Stack-Up (1982, new production 2017)
Choreography: Talley Beatty
Music: Earth, Wind, & Fire, Grover Washington, Jr., Fearless Four, and Alphonze Mouzon

Victoria (2017, Boston Premiere)
Choreography: Gustavo Ramírez Sansano
Music: Michael Gordon

Ella (2008)
Choreography: Robert Battle
Music: Ella Fitzgerald

Revelations (1960)
Choreography: Alvin Ailey
Music: Traditional

Saturday, March 24, 2:00pm

Members Don’t Get Weary (2017)
Choreography: Jamar Roberts
Music: John Coltrane

The Golden Section (1983, new production 2017)
Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Music: David Byrne

In/Side (2008)
Choreography: Robert Battle
Music: Nina Simone

Revelations (1960)
Choreography: Alvin Ailey
Music: Traditional

Saturday, March 24, 8:00pm

Stack-Up (1982, new production 2017)
Choreography: Talley Beatty
Music: Earth, Wind, & Fire, Grover Washington, Jr., Fearless Four, and Alphonze Mouzon

Victoria (2017, Boston Premiere)
Choreography: Gustavo Ramírez Sansano
Music: Michael Gordon

Ella (2008)
Choreography: Robert Battle
Music: Ella Fitzgerald

Revelations (1960)
Choreography: Alvin Ailey
Music: Traditional

Sunday, March 25, 3:00pm

Mass (2004)
Choreography: Robert Battle
Music: John Mackey

Ella (2008)
Choreography: Robert Battle
Music: Ella Fitzgerald

The Golden Section (1983, new production 2017)
Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Music: David Byrne

In/Side (2008)
Choreography: Robert Battle
Music: Nina Simone

Revelations (1960)
Choreography: Alvin Ailey
Music: Traditional


Program is subject to change. Casting information not available as of January 12, 2018.

 

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