NEW YORK (AP) — It was March 1958 when an African-American dancer named Alvin Ailey, then making his living on the Broadway stage, gathered up a group of fellow dancers and presented a one-night show of his own works. In the audience at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan was 18-year Sylvia Waters, who was studying dance across town at Juilliard. She had never seen anything like it. “It was absolutely riveting,” she says now. “I had never seen men dance like that.” Most exciting to Waters was seeing people dance “who I could relate to,” she says. “There was something so visceral about the experience. We didn’t know at the time that it was history, but it was definitely special.”
This special 60th Anniversary Classics program brings together over a dozen treasures from Alvin Ailey's wonderfully rich body of work, including highlights of seldom-seen gems like Mary Lou's Mass and The Lark Ascending, as well as perinnial favorites like Memoria, Night Creature, and Cry.