Embarking on a captivating journey through time, Francesca Harper pays homage to five decades of Ailey II and the artists who have paved the way for future generations in her work Luminous. Weaving in iconic moments, the work chronicles significant periods where the company influenced the cultural landscape.  These stories and memories echo the commitment to breaking boundaries, pushing artistic limits, advocating for social change, and highlighting the power of community. Underscored by original composition and vocals by Nona Hendryx, Luminous effortlessly delivers Harper’s tribute and the celebration of 50 years of the enduring Ailey II legacy.

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Ailey II, The Next Generation of Dance, Leaps Into Its 50th Anniversary With A World Tour And New York Season

NEW YORK – January 4, 2024 — Ailey II, the next generation of dance, will mark its 50th anniversary of bringing “off-the- charts energy” to the stage by embarking on a world tour from January 20 – May 19, inspiring audiences from Rotterdam, Netherlands to Kansas City, Missouri. The gifted ensemble of rising stars will then return home for a celebratory New York season at The Joyce Theater, April 9 – 14, 2024. The second company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will present a diverse repertory including two world premieres, by Artistic Director Francesca Harper and the dynamic duo of Baye & Asa, alongside repertory favorites and revered classics during the 2024 tour and New York City engagement.