Alvin Ailey's Revelations
Please Credit Photo: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey's Revelations. Photo by Manny Hernandez
Choreographer: Alvin Ailey
Music: Traditional
Alvin Ailey’s timeless masterpiece Revelations has become one of the most well-known and respected ballets in the history of dance, acclaimed as a must-see for all and recognized by a U.S. Senate resolution.  Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, this suite fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.   Alvin Ailey said that one of America’s richest treasures was the cultural heritage of the African-American—“sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.”   Springing from Ailey’s childhood “blood memories” of growing up in rural Texas and attending services at Mount Olive Baptist Church, Revelations is a tribute to the cultural heritage of the African-American and to Alvin Ailey’s genius.  Since its premiere in 1960, this enduring classic has been seen by more audiences around the world than any other modern work, universally inspiring with its transcendent exploration of the human condition.

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Ailey 2012 Opening Night Gala Announcement - Honorary Chair Mo'Nique & "Revelations" sung live by Jessye Norman, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Anika Noni Rose

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will kick-off a five-week holiday season on November 28th with a star-studded gala benefit performance at New York City Center and party at the Hilton New York. Academy award-winning actress and comedienne Mo’Nique will serve as the evening’s Honorary Chair and Alvin Ailey’s timeless masterpiece Revelations will be sung live with special celebrity guests onstage.

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The Times - No One Can Rain On Their Parade

When Alvin Ailey founded his modern dance company in 1958, with the idea of reflecting the African American experience on stage, he could never had imagined that it would become one of his country's pre-eminent cultural exports. And it is international tours, such as the one that was launched in London on Tuesday, that have helped to set the seal on the troupe's amazing success.