Masekela Langage

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey’s Masekela Langage
Please Credit Photo: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey’s Masekela Langage. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Masekela Langage, a rarely-seen Ailey masterpiece, is set in a shebeen (a South African beer house) and danced to the driving score of South African jazz composer and trumpeter Hugh Masekela. Ailey’s choreography speaks of passivity, militancy, despair and defiance in a searing portrait of oppression during the apartheid era, drawing parallels between events in South Africa and those in Chicago.   The work premiered during Ailey’s first season at BAM in 1969, fittingly was revived for Ailey’s return to BAM during the Company’s 50th anniversary in 2008.

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