In 1971, Alvin Ailey choreographed the ballet, Cry, as a birthday present for his mother; it went on to become an enduring work of American art.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2017 International Tour Brings Uplifting Artistry To Paris, Basel, Copenhagen & Five German Cities July 4 – September 10

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congress as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world,” returns to Paris, Basel, five German cities, and Copenhagen to perform 15 ballets from July 4 – September 10. The Paris engagement (July 4 – 22) kicks off the tour, and marks the debut dance performance at La Seine Musicale, a new state of the art concert hall on an island in the Seine River, which opened in April 2017.

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Pix 11 - Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Performs Excerpt From ‘Cry’

Judith Jamison speaks about performing Cry in advertisement of the piece being performed in the June 2016 Lincoln Center Season. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be performing at Lincoln Center from June 8 to 19. Dancer Rachael McLaren performs an excerpt from the dance piece "Cry."