Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performing Ronald K. Brown’s “Grace.”
Photo by Paul Kolnik

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theate, will embark on a 21-city US tour from Jan. 30 through May 19. Following record-breaking performances in New York City that brought full houses to their feet, Ailey’s second season led by Artistic Director Robert Battle will move audiences in major cities across the country, including: Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Newark, NJ; Boston, MA and Robert Battle’s hometown Miami, FL, among many others.

Battle continues to surprise and delight audiences with premieres and new productions that expand his vision for the company, adding dynamic choreographic voices to the repertory that give Ailey’s extraordinary artists new ways to inspire.

“Another Night,” by rising young choreographer Kyle Abraham, innovatively fuses the many dynamic facets of American dance and showcases the artistry and versatility of the Ailey dancers. Set to Art Blakey & The Jazz Messenger’s rendition of one of Dizzy Gillespie’s seminal compositions, “A Night in Tunisia,” the world premiere for 10 dancers was created with the support of commissioning funds from New York City Center and the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, in celebration of the Center’s 50th Anniversary.

“Petite Mort,” a ballet of breathtaking sensuality and visual surprises, marks the first time a work by renowned European choreographer Jií Kylián appears in the Ailey repertory. Set to two of Mozart’s most popular piano concertos, the theatrical work blends a classical sensibility with a bold, modern wit with fencing foils and elaborate ball gowns in an unforgettable duel featuring six couples.

“From Before” beautifully blends the rhythms of African dance with Caribbean influences, with movements distilled to their purest form by Garth Fagan, the Tony Award-winning choreographer of “The Lion King.” Featuring a jazzy percussive score by Grammy winner Ralph MacDonald, the Ailey premiere marks the first staging of this revered work for a company other than Garth Fagan Dance.

Battle’s “Strange Humors” is a thrillingly intense duet, set to John Mackey’s propulsive score for strings and African drum that pits two men against each other. Surprising sequences ignite with aggression and discord, mischievousness and humor, as the relationship between the two dancers builds to an exciting crescendo.

Ronald K. Brown’s landmark work “Grace,” created for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1999, has returned to the repertory in a rapturous, spiritually-charged new production. Infused with Brown’s signature blend of modern dance and West African idioms, this moving journey acknowledging the grace that surrounds us all is set to Duke Ellington’s classic “Come Sunday,” Roy Davis’ hit “Gabriel,” and the powerful rhythms of Fela Kuti’s Afro-Pop.

A new production of Ailey Classics features a vibrant anthology of highlights from founder Alvin Ailey’s prolific 30-year career — including audience favorites and classics such as “Cry,” “Love Songs” and “For ‘Bird’ With Love” — culminating with his signature masterpiece “Revelations,” performed in its entirety.

Linda Celeste Sims of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Ronald K. Brown’s “Grace.”
Photo by Paul Kolnik

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