Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
From May 1-4, the Celebrity Series brings the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to Boston – Celebrity Series has been presenting the Alvin Ailey group here for 44 years! The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater began with a 1958 performance by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers at a YMCA in New York City. Changing the perception of American dance and celebrating the African-American cultural experience,the company has since performed in 71 countries on six continents. The dancers will be sharing two programs in Boston next week. The Ailey/Ellington performances will feature of the dances Ailey created to celebrate the beloved American composer Duke Ellington – Night Creature and Pas de Duke. The show will also include Revelations, Ailey’s most popular work, as well as The River restaged by Associate Artistic Director Masazumi Chaya. The other program features modern choreography including LIFT by choreographer Aszure Barton in its Boston premiere, Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, and D-Man in the Waters (Part I) by modern dance innovator Bill T. Jones. I saw the Boston Ballet’s performance of Chroma earlier this year and it was incredibly powerful – both the modern and the “classic” Ailey programs sound really interesting. The company includes two local dancers, Kirven Douthit-Boyd (from Boston) and Belen Pereyra (from Lawrence). Look for them on stage! Tickets are available through the Celebrity Series website, PLUS we have two tickets to see the “classic” program on Friday night to giveaway! For a chance to WIN, follow us on twitter and retweet our message about the show. We will choose a lucky reader on Wednesday morning – good luck!
May 1-4, Citi Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont Street, Boston. Tickets $30-$90, available on the Celebrity Series website.
Photo Credit: Paul Kolnik for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (top: Alicia Graf Mack and Vernard Gilmore in Chroma; bottom: a scene from The River)