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Alvin Ailey 2014-04


ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
AT THE FOX THEATRE, APRIL 25 & 26, 2014

St. Louis (March 6, 2014) – Beloved as one of the most popular and iconic dance companies in the world, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater ranks among the few companies today recognizable simply by name or image. Brilliant and electrifying, strong and regal, ethereal and breathtaking, the company has changed the face and perception of American dance since its founding in 1958. The elegant and athletic dancers perform in St. Louis this spring as part of their 23-city North American tour. Dance St. Louis presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on April 25-26 at the Fox Theatre for two evening performances only. St. Louis native Antonio Douthit-Boyd, one of the company’s principal dancers, is scheduled to perform on both nights.

WHO:             Dance St. Louis
WHAT:  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
WHEN:                    Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m.     
WHERE:                  Fox Theatre
TICKETS:                $35-$70

The St. Louis program (subject to change) includes the following works:

LIFT
The season world premiere by in-demand choreographer Aszure Barton is an exhilarating work that celebrates and challenges the cast of 19 while highlighting Barton’s collaborative stylistic approach that is constantly evolving like no other. Ailey’s renowned dancers inspired the process, movement and composition, as well as the original percussive score by Curtis Macdonald.

D-Man in the Waters (Part I)
A true modern dance classic and a New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award-winning work by modern dance innovator Bill T. Jones, a Tony Award-winner for Fela! and Spring Awakening. The work made its company premiere during the Company’s New York City Center engagement. Originally created in 1989, it is a celebration of life and the resiliency of the human spirit that embodies loss, hope and triumph with non-stop movement set to Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 20 (1825).

Another Night
Commissioned by Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle, Another Night is the creation of Kyle Abraham, an in-demand young choreographer who is also a MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient. Abraham innovatively fuses the many dynamic facets of American dance, from hip hop to ballet, 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 work made its world premiere during Ailey’s 2012 New York City Center season.

Pas de Duke
Alvin Ailey’s modern dance translation of a classical pas de deux was created in 1976 for two of the world’s most renowned dancers: Judith Jamison and Mikhail Baryshnikov. First presented as part of the “Ailey Celebrates Ellington” festival at Lincoln Center’s New York State Theater for the nation’s bicentennial, the work commemorates America’s two great art forms – modern dance and jazz music.

The River
Originally choreographed in 1970 for American Ballet Theatre, The River is a legendary collaboration between two great American artists: Alvin Ailey and Duke Ellington. The suite combines classical ballet, modern dance, and jazz in sections suggesting tumbling rapids and slow currents on a voyage to the great sea, mirroring the journey of life.

Revelations
Choreographed by Alvin Ailey in 1960, Revelations is Alvin Ailey’s signature masterpiece and a tribute to his heritage and genius. The American classic, acclaimed as a must-see for all, uses African-American religious music/spirituals that fervently explore the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

ALVIN AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
The New York Times calls Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater “a demonstration of large-scale, supergenerous, marvelously disciplined human energy.” The San Francisco Chronicle describes Ailey as “a company whose worldwide popularity is rivaled only by the magnificence of its dancing.” The New Yorker states, “You know they can do anything, but the visible evidence can leave you reeling… the company is dancing better than ever.” The Chicago Sun-Times details the dancers’ movements “as if their bodies are on fire and their souls hang in balance.” The New York Observer plainly states, “Ailey dancers live on energy...” while Essence Magazine applauds, “You don’t just see an Ailey performance, you feel it.”

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 23 million people in 71 countries on six continents as well as millions more through television broadcasts, promoting the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance tradition. The company was recognized by a U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World” in 2008, and in 2002 it was the recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled March 1958 performance in New York that changed forever the perception of American dance. Founded by Alvin Ailey, and guided by Judith Jamison beginning in 1989, the Company is now led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, whom Judith Jamison chose to succeed her on July 1, 2011. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is the Principal Dance Company of New York City Center, where its performances have become a year-end tradition. For more information, please visit www.alvinailey.org.

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