The Music Center, L.A.’s performing arts destination, welcomes Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on March 8 – 12, 2017 as part of the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center 2016-2017 season at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The company will perform three different programs during the five-day engagement. This engagement will include the West Coast premieres ofUntitled America, r-Evolution, Dream., and Deep. All programs will also include Ailey’s must-see American masterpiece Revelations. Many of the works connect directly with the African American experience, a founding tenet of the company.
Supported with commissioning funds by The Music Center, r-Evolution, Dream., choreographed by veteran Ailey company member Hope Boykin, is inspired by the speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The piece highlights the current relevance of Dr. King’s messages and reflects on the African American community’s past struggles along with the challenges it continues to face today. Untitled America, created by MacArthur “genius grant” winner Kyle Abraham, shines a light on the impact of the prison system on African American families. Deep, choreographed by Mauro Bigonzetti, is a soulful and elegant work set to music by rising global music stars Ibeyi. The Company will perform Robert Battle’s Ella and Billy Wilson’s The Winter in Lisbon, celebrating the birth centennials of jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie, respectively. A new production of Alvin Ailey’s rarely-seen masterwork Masekela Langage and Robert Battle’s bold, unrestrained soloIn/Side are also part of the three different programs.
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“Performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater are a tradition at The Music Center, and we are thrilled to welcome this iconic dance company back to Los Angeles to share the many poignant and thought-provoking pieces in their repertoire,” said Rachel Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center. “With the vision of Artistic Director Robert Battle and courageous storytelling of choreographers like Hope Boykin, Kyle Abraham and Mauro Bigonzetti, the company’s performances present audiences with important perspectives on issues that our communities continue to grapple with, providing us a platform for dialogue and offering a message of hope.”
“Los Angeles audiences have always appreciated Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s keen ability to use dance to relay stories that are highly relevant and incredibly powerful,” said Michael Solomon, vice president, presentations and education. “From Ailey classics such as Revelations to the West Coast premieres of r-Evolution, Dream. and Untitled America, audiences will be enthralled by the captivating choreography and inspired by the tenderness and strength that are synonymous with Ailey performances.”
Boykin found inspiration in the words of Dr. King when creating r-Evolution, Dream. The large ensemble work blends creative storytelling with new music by Ali Jackson of Jazz at Lincoln Center and historical and original writings narrated by Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton). Abraham’s Untitled America explores the people left behind when a family member is imprisoned. With narration by those impacted by incarceration along with spiritual and contemporary music, the piece fuses many facets of dance and highlights Abraham’s distinct movement style and avant-garde aesthetic. The three programs include: r-Evolution, Dream. Choreography: Hope Boykin; Music: Ali Jackson ; Narration: Leslie Odom, Jr.; Lighting Design: Al Crawford; Costume Design: Hope Boykin.
Ticket prices start at $34 Tickets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performances at The Music Center start at $34 and are available online at musiccenter.org/ailey; at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90012; or by calling (213) 972-0711. For groups of 10 or more, call (213) 972-8555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at The Music Center
Where: The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
When: Wednesday, March 8 7:30pm: r-Evolution, Dream. / Untitled America / Ella, Revelations ; Thursday, March 9 7:30pm: Deep / Walking Mad / Revelations; Friday, March 10 7:30pm: The Winter in Lisbon / Masekela Langage / In/Side, Revelations ; Saturday, March 11 2:00pm: The Winter in Lisbon / Masekela Langage / In/Side, Revelations ; Saturday, March 11 7:30pm: r-Evolution, Dream. / Untitled America / Ella, Revelations ; Sunday, March 12 2:00pm: Deep / Walking Mad / Revelations
Phone: (213) 972-0711
Website: http://musiccenter.org/ailey https://alvinailey.org