Ailey II makes its NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts debut March 29 – April 2, sharing two programs of premieres and returning favorites with audiences during its annual New York season. The 12 young dancers return to the New York stage after a 25-city world tour to share their artistry and prowess in an expansive repertory by emerging and established choreographers, including Leila Da Rocha, Jean Emile, Jae Man Joo, Ray Mercer, Bridget L. Moore, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater member Jamar Roberts, and former Ailey dancer Marcus Jarrell Willis
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Ailey II’s “indefatigable, virtuosic, and relentlessly sexy” dancers (Los Angeles Times) return to the Ailey Citigroup Theater with two programs of premieres and returning audience favorites. The upcoming New York season comes on the heels of the company’s 26-city tour.
Ailey II, the youthful and gifted second company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, returns to its home, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, from April 2-13 for a highly anticipated 40th anniversary season - the second led by Artistic Director Troy Powell.
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On April 2, Ailey II, Alvin Ailey's second company, will premiere Katarzyna Skarpetowska's half-hour work "Cuore Sott'olio," which translates as something like "heart submerged in oil."
Alberta Ballet has worked hard for a very long time to bring Ailey II, the young company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, to Alberta for good reason. This is a had-working fun-to-watch group of budding athletic dance artists comprising some of the company's most promising scholarship students, and they thrilled their audience Thursday night at the Southern Alberta Jubilee.
Great works of dance are not easily preserved for future generations to enjoy. Moving bodies are simply not meant to be fixed to museum walls. Instead, imagine dance pieces like precious, perishable heirlooms that must be handed down and resurrected by performance.