Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies and New York City Center’s Principal Dance Company, returns for the 41st consecutive year to the New York City Center stage from November 28, 2012 – December 30, 2012 with exciting performances that have become a joyous holiday tradition. Artistic Director Robert Battle will continue to surprise and delight audiences with premieres and new productions that expand his vision for the company, adding dynamic choreographic voices to the repertory that challenge Ailey’s extraordinary artists in new ways.
Choreographer: Alvin Ailey
Music: Various Artists
Ailey Classics is a vibrant anthology of highlights from founder Alvin Ailey’s prolific 30-year career — including such audience favorites and classics as Memoria, Night Creature, Phases, Opus McShann, Love Songs, For ‘Bird’ - With Love, and Hidden Rites — culminating with the beloved classic Revelations, performed in its entirety.
Robert Battle comments: “I remember being that 12-year-old boy from Miami who was bused from my school to see Alvin Ailey’s Revelations for the first time and now I have the opportunity to present an evening dedicated to his work, so that others can have that transformative experience while we celebrate his genius and generosity. Mr. Ailey said it so well: ‘Dance comes from the people and should always be delivered back to the people.’ He wanted people to be in awe of what these dancers are able to do, along with the variety of great musicians who also inspired him, but he wanted them to see reflections of themselves on stage.”