Ailey's troupe, timeless yet current. New York City Center celebrated its 75th anniversary last week. That milestone nearly coincided with the annual five-week Christmas season of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the theater's first resident modern dance company, itself celebrating an anniversary this year, its 60th.
Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp’s The Golden Section was presented as the grand finale of the Broadway production The Catherine Wheel in 1981. Two years later, The Golden Section became a stand-alone work celebrated for its pure-dance expression of blissful joy. The critically-acclaimed ballet, first performed by the Company in 2006, pushes the limits of human physicality as Ailey dancers soar in Tharp’s daring, driving choreography with breathtaking leaps and finely-honed partnering. Set to a new wave rock score by David Byrne, the dancers soar through space wearing gilded athletic outfits made by Santos Loquasto while performing the momentous choreography.