Night Creature

(1974)
 
Choreographer: Alvin Ailey
Music: Duke Ellington
 
Combining modern dance, classical ballet and jazz, Night Creature is a perfect fusion of Alvin Ailey’s buoyant choreography and Duke Ellington’s sparkling music. Duke Ellington first composed the phenomenal, "Suite For Orchestra" in 1955, later adding the second and third movements in 1963. He said that “night creatures, unlike stars, do not come OUT at night¬– they come ON, each thinking that, before the night is out, he or she will be the star.” This large ensemble work is full of such stars — strutting, leaping and slinking Jazz babies and night owls. Night Creature is the definitive Ailey homage to the exuberance of The Duke's jazz, and remains one of Mr. Ailey’s most popular works.
 
 
 
 
 

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