ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING FOR NEW YORK CITY CENTER SEASON NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 31, 2016

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ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING FOR
NEW YORK CITY CENTER SEASON NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 31, 2016

Artistic Director Robert Battle Leads the Company in Five-Week Holiday Engagement Featuring
Over Two Dozen Diverse Works and a Variety of Special Programs

“An Evening of Ailey and Jazz” Opening Night Gala Benefit on Wednesday, November 30th

World Premieres of Ailey Dancer Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream. &

MacArthur “Genius” Kyle Abraham’s Completed Three-Part Untitled America Series

Company Premiere of Johan Inger’s Walking Mad and New Productions of Billy Wilson’s The Winter in Lisbon & Alvin Ailey’s Masekela Langage to Showcase the Artistry of 32 Exceptional Dancers

Tickets starting at $25 go on sale September 6!

NEW YORK – August 4, 2016 — Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Center’s Principal Dance Company, returns to the New York City Center stage from November 30th – December 31st, 2016.  In his sixth season as Artistic Director, Robert Battle leads Ailey’s 32 renowned dancers during this annual five-week engagement, which has become a joyous holiday tradition.  An expansive repertory of over two dozen works by some of the world’s most celebrated dance-makers will feature world premieres by Kyle Abraham and Ailey dancer Hope Boykin, a Company premiere by Johan Inger, and new productions by Billy Wilson and Alvin Ailey.

The season will launch on November 30th with an Opening Night Gala Benefit performance at New York City Center and party at the New York Hilton Midtown Grand Ballroom to raise support for Ailey’s extensive educational and training programs for young people.  “An Evening of Ailey and Jazz” will feature Robert Battle’s Ella – a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald preceding the 100th anniversary of her birth – along with a variety of one-night-only performances set to jazz music and the uplifting finale of Revelations with live musicians and singers.

On Wednesday, December 7th, MacArthur “Genius” Kyle Abraham will unveil the completed three-part suite Untitled America, which shines a light on the impact of the prison system on African-American families. Developed over three seasons, the haunting production features interviews by those impacted by incarceration and Abraham’s signature avant-garde aesthetic.

Veteran company member Hope Boykin was inspired by the sermons and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to create r-Evolution, Dream., following a visit to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta during Ailey’s annual U.S. tour.  She is creating a large ensemble work to premiere on Friday, December 9th in which the Ailey dancers will be joined by members of Ailey II.  Boykin melds creative storytelling, new music composed by Ali Jackson (Jazz at Lincoln Center), and historic and original writings narrated by Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton).

The Friday, December 2nd company premiere of Walking Mad (2001) brings revered Swedish choreographer Johan Inger’s daring contemporary take on Maurice Ravel’s Bolero and his choreography to the Ailey repertory for the first time.  With additional music by minimalist master Arvo Pärt, the riveting work brings waves of emotion – first laughter, then tears – and employs a long, movable wall that can also be viewed as a symbol of the barriers people construct in their relationships.

Returning to the Ailey stage this season are vibrant new productions of Billy Wilson’s The Winter in Lisbon (Thursday, December 8th) and Alvin Ailey’s Masekela Langage (Tuesday, December 13th).  The Winter in Lisbon (1992) pays tribute to consummate jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie, evoking an atmosphere in which the dancers challenge, tease and romance against a backdrop of rhythm, color and four decades of his brilliant music. Masekela Langage (1969) is Alvin Ailey’s searing portrait of oppression that draws parallels between the era of South African apartheid and the race-induced violence in Chicago during the 1960s.  Trumpeter and composer Hugh Masekela’s driving music propels the dancers through a string of theatrical tableaus, as the commanding choreography speaks of passivity, militancy, despair and defiance anywhere, at any time.

“Now more than ever, I’m proud to have a platform to share the power of dance with New Yorkers – inspiring and bringing them together while shining a spotlight on important issues,” stated Artistic Director Robert Battle.  “This season, Ailey’s passionate artists will transport audiences with over two dozen works, including timely and relevant premieres by Kyle Abraham and Hope Boykin that follow in the powerful footsteps of Alvin Ailey’s Masekela Langage.   We will also revel in the marriage of America’s two great art forms – modern dance and jazz – from the one-night-only opening to a variety of dances throughout the season that move to music by Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra.”

Among the over two dozen works showcased are 2015-16 season premieres: Awakening, Robert Battle’s 2015 world premiere – his first since becoming Artistic Director; Open Door, Ronald K. Brown’s Cuban-inspired work set to Grammy Award-winning music by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra; Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti’s soulful ensemble work Deep set to the music by rising global music stars Ibeyi; and Paul Taylor’s sizzling Piazzolla Caldera.

Recent new productions coming to life onstage are Robert Battle’s thrilling The Hunt for six men and Ulysses Dove’s raw and dramatic Vespers for six women, as well as three of Alvin Ailey’s most beloved classics: Cry, the signature female solo made famous by Judith Jamison and dedicated to “all black women everywhere;” Love Songs, set to music by Nina Simone and Donny Hathaway and often considered the male counterpart to Cry; and Blues Suite Ailey’s original masterpiece that launched the Company during its first performance in 1958Conjuring Alvin Ailey’s “blood memories” of the barrelhouses and fields of rural, Depression-era southern Texas, the work is danced to heartfelt blues music that will be performed with a live, on-stage band.

Special season programs include a special performance on Wednesday, December 14thCelebrating Ronald K. Brown,” who first began choreographing for the Ailey organization 20 years ago; All Ailey performances comprised entirely of works by Alvin Ailey (December 3 mat, 10 eve, 13, 16, 18 eve, 21 mat, 28 mat, 31 mat); and All New programs containing season premieres (December 11 eve, 15, 17 eve, 21 eve, 30 eve).

Other season highlights consist of Family Matinee Series performances presented each Saturday at 2pm with a question-and-answer session featuring Ailey’s revered dancers following the finale of Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, which is acclaimed as a must-see for all ages.  Revelations will bring an uplifting close to performances on Christmas Eve (December 24 mat and eve) and Christmas night (December 25 eve), as well as a Special Season Finale on New Year’s Eve.  Live music performances of Alvin Ailey’s signature Revelations will take place on November 30, December 2, and 3 (matinee and evening), and of Blues Suite on December 13, 16 and 18 (evening).  A detailed performance schedule is attached (subject to change).

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater inspires all in a universal celebration of the human spirit using the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition. Nearly 60 years after its founding, Ailey continues to move forward under the leadership of Robert Battle, revealing once again why Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the world’s most beloved dance companies.

Tickets starting at $25 are on sale September 6 at the New York City Center Box Office, through CityTix® at (212) 581-1212, or online at www.alvinailey.org or www.nycitycenter.org. Discount tickets are available for Ailey Super Fans who purchase tickets for more than one performance, for students with an appropriate ID and for groups of 10 or more (discounts do not apply to $25 tickets).  For group sales, call 212-405-9082 or e-mail [email protected].   For further information about Ailey’s New York City Center season please visit www.alvinailey.org.

Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s New York Winter Season.

American Express is the Official Card of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Major support for the creation of Awakening was provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

The creation of Awakening was supported in part by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County with lead sponsor support from Ira and Carole Hall.

Awakening is supported by commissioning funds from Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley.

The creation of Untitled America and Open Door are supported by commissioning funds from New York City Center.

The World Premiere of Untitled America is made possible by Denise R. Sobel and Tikkun Olam Foundation, Inc., and also, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The creation of r-Evolution, Dream. is supported by commissioning funds from The Music Center of Los Angeles.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gratefully acknowledges the support of Diageo

during the New York Winter Season.

Opening Night Gala Benefit Sponsors: Emily & Len Blavatnik, BET Networks,

BNY Mellon, Daria L. & Eric J. Wallach, Joan & Sandy Weill and The Weill Family Foundation.

Major support for Ailey’s Arts In Education & Community Programs is provided by Southern Company.

The 2016 season is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

For further information, the public may visit www.alvinailey.org.

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(L to R); AAADT in Kyle Abraham’s Untitled America: Second Movement.  AAADT’s Jacqueline Green in Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, Photo by Paul Kolnik. AAADT’s Yannick Lebrun. Photo by Andrew Eccles. AAADT in Mauro Bigonzetti’s Deep, Photo by Paul Kolnik.  Please credit photos.

New York City Center 2016 Season Highlights:

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will take the stage at New York City Center from November 30 – December 31, 2016 in a five-week season that has become a joyous holiday tradition. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s acclaimed dancers will perform an expansive repertory of over two dozen works, including the world premieres of Ailey dancer Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream. and Kyle Abraham’s Untitled America three-part series in its entirety.  The season also includes the Company premiere of Johan Inger’s Walking Mad, and new productions Billy Wilson’s The Winter in Lisbon and Alvin Ailey’s Masekela Langage.  The marriage of the American art forms of jazz and modern dance will be highlighted throughout the season, from the “An Evening of Ailey and Jazz” Opening Night Gala to dances set to music by Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra.  Other highlights include an evening Celebrating Ronald K. Brown, special live music performances of Revelations and Blue Suite, All Ailey and All New programs, a Season Finale on New Year’s Eve and the Family Matinee Series with a post-performance Q & A with Ailey dancers.

WORLD PREMIERES

Untitled America (World Premiere)
Choreography by Kyle Abraham                                                                                             Music:  Laura Mvula, Raime, Traditional
In this haunting three-part suite, MacArthur “Genius” Kyle Abraham shines a light on the impact of the prison system on African-American families. Developed over three seasons, the work features interviews by those impacted by incarceration.  Laura Mvula’s touching “Father, Father,” the traditional spiritual “No More My Lord,” contemporary music by Raime, and other musical compositions underscore Abraham’s distinct movement style and signature avant-garde aesthetic.  Wendy Perron of Dance Magazine praised the first installment of Untitled America by saying, “This is something our culture should be looking at…Kudos to Ailey—and Abraham—for keeping the revelations relevant.”

r-Evolution, Dream. (World Premiere)
Choreography by Hope Boykin                                                                                                                  Music: Ali Jackson
Veteran Company member Hope Boykin has been inspired by the sermons and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to create r-Evolution, Dream., in which the Ailey dancers will be joined by members of Ailey II. Ms. Boykin began to immerse herself in this historical material after a visit to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, during Ailey’s U.S. tour.  Convinced of the timely relevance of the messages, she is staging a large ensemble work that melds creative storytelling, new music composed by Ali Jackson (Jazz at Lincoln Center), and historic and original writings narrated by Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton).

Deep (2016 Season World Premiere)

Choreography by Mauro Bigonzetti                                                                Music: Ibeyi, Bernard Hanighen, Theolonious Monk,                                                                                                                                    Sakamoto Ryuichi, Cootie Williams, Performed by Ibeyi
Mauro Bigonzetti’s elegant and soulful melding of European, American, and African cultures set to songs by Ibeyi, twin sisters who sing in English and Yoruba and are rising global music stars. Last at Ailey with 2008’s Festa Barocca, the newly appointed director of La Scala Ballet is known for his seamless integration of classical and modern techniques, and has been praised for his fresh and inventive sensibility.

COMPANY PREMIERE

Walking Mad (Company Premiere)
Choreography by Johan Inger                                                                                                                    Music: Maurice Ravel, Arvo Pärt
Revered Swedish choreographer Johan Inger’s Walking Mad is his first work for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  Set to the driving sounds of Ravel’s much-loved Boléro as well as music by minimalist master Arvo Pärt, the rousing 28-minute work for 9 dancers grips audiences throughout, bringing waves of emotion – first laughter, then tears. Full of wit and laced with an unsettling edge of madness, the piece employs a long, movable wall that can also be viewed as a symbol of the barriers people construct in their relationships.   According to the choreographer, “The famous Boléro from Ravel, with its sexual, almost kitschy history, was the trigger point to make my own version. I quickly decided that it was going to be about relationships in different forms and circumstances. I came up with the idea of a wall that could transform the space during this minimalistic music and create small pockets of space and situations. Walking Mad is a journey in which we encounter our fears, our longings and the lightness of being.”

NEW PRODUCTIONS

The Winter in Lisbon (1992)
Choreography by Billy Wilson                                                                                                                                   Music: Dizzy Gillespie
The Winter in Lisbon is a sizzling, sensuous ballet celebrating four decades of Dizzy Gillespie’s brilliant music. Choreographed in 1992 by Billy Wilson, the work pays tribute to Mr. Gillespie, the consummate jazz musician, creating an atmosphere in which the dancers challenge, tease and romance against a backdrop of rhythm and color. Wilson’s exuberant, playful ballet was conceived in celebration of Gillespie’s birthday after Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison was approached by the musician’s management to create a dance for his music. Confident in Wilson’s ability to blend his eclectic ballet and modern dance training with the boisterous sound of Gillespie’s music, Jamison commissioned him to bring the project to life. “It’s a celebration of life,” explains Ailey’s Associate Artistic Director Masazumi Chaya, who restaged the work. “It’s fun, it’s full of energy, it’s about life going on.”

Masekela Langage (1969)
Choreography by Alvin Ailey                                                                                                                                      Music: Hugh Masekela
Masekela Langage, a rarely-seen Ailey masterwork, which premiered at Connecticut College in 1969, was last performed at BAM during the Company’s 50th anniversary.  Set in a shebeen (a South African beer house) and danced to the driving score of South African jazz composer and trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Ailey’s choreography speaks of passivity, militancy, despair and defiance in a searing portrait of oppression during the apartheid era, drawing parallels between events in South Africa and those in Chicago.

The Hunt (2001 / New Production 2016)
Choreography by Robert Battle                                                                                                 Music: Les Tambours du Bronx
Artistic director Robert Battle’s athletic work for six men reveals the predatory side of human nature and the primitive thrill of the hunt. A thundering percussion score by Les Tambours du Bronx drives the ritualized movement and pushes the dancers to their physical limits.

Vespers (1987 / New Production 2016)
Choreography by Ulysses Dove                                                                                                                Music: Mikel Rouse
The phenomenal Ailey women embody Ulysses Dove’s bold choreographic voice and daring athleticism in Vespers, a dramatic work full of raw energy and profound grace. Mikel Rouse’s percussive score matches the dancers’ insistent drive as they propel themselves across the stage, in a piece inspired by Dove’s memories of his grandmother’s place of worship.

2015 SEASON WORLD PREMIERES

Awakening (2015 World Premiere)
Choreography by Robert Battle                                                                                                                 Music: John Mackey
Using his signature taut, ritualistic choreographic style and a score by composer John Mackey, Battle’s first world premiere since becoming artistic director follows a community on a cathartic journey from lamentation to peace.  Buoyed by the complex rhythmic quality of Mackey’s music (“Turning” and “The Attentions of Souls”, the third movement from the symphony “Wine-Dark Sea”) and a cast of over a dozen of Ailey’s extraordinary dancers, Battle’s eagerly-anticipated work is a powerful dance of dissonance and harmony, chaos and resolution.

Open Door (2015 World Premiere)
Choreography by Ronald K. Brown                                                  Music: Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Acclaimed choreographer Ronald K. Brown’s Cuban-inspired Open Door is a work for 10 dancers set to the music of Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, including their recent Grammy Award-winning album Cuba: The Conversation Continues. Brown’s travels to Cuba inspired much of the movement, from the salsa partnering to the references to Elegba – the Santería god who opens pathways. Open Door marks Brown’s sixth Ailey world premiere, and is a testament to the power of dance and music as vehicles for culture and compassion.

2015 Season Premieres & New Productions

Blues Suite (1958 / New Production 2015)
Choreography by Alvin Ailey                                                                                                                                      Music: Traditional
“Blood memories” of rural, Depression-era southern Texas, come to life in Alvin Ailey’s hugely popular Blues Suite, his first great work that launched the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in the inaugural 1958 performance.  With the rumble of a train and the toll of distant bells, a cast of vividly-drawn characters from the barrelhouses and fields of Alvin Ailey’s southern childhood are summoned to dance and revel through one long, sultry night. The work poignantly evokes the sorrow, humor and humanity of the blues, those heartfelt songs that he called “hymns to the secular regions of the soul.”

Cry (1971 / New Production 2015)
Choreography by Alvin Ailey                                                  Music: Alice Coltrane, Laura Nyro, Voices of East Harlem
In 1971, Alvin Ailey choreographed the ballet Cry, as a birthday present for his mother Mrs. Lula Cooper, and created the dance on his stunning muse, Judith Jamison.  It was an instant sensation and went on to become an enduring work of American art. This physically and emotionally demanding 16-minute solo is dedicated to “all black women everywhere – especially our mothers.” The solo is made up of three parts – the first set to Alice Coltrane’s “Something about John Coltrane,” the second to Laura Nyro’s “Been on a Train” and the last has the Voices of East Harlem singing “Right On, Be Free.” Ms. Jamison, who has since taught the treasured role to subsequent generations of Ailey women, wrote of the work in her autobiography Dancing Spirit: “In my interpretation, she represented those women before her who came from the hardships of slavery, through the pain of losing loved ones, through overcoming extraordinary depressions and tribulations. Coming out of a world of pain and trouble, she has found her way-and triumphed.”

Love Songs (1972 / New Production 2015)
Choreography by Alvin Ailey                                                                                                         Music: Donny Hathaway, Nina Simone
Love Songs, a three-part technical and dramatic tour-de-force originally created for the legendary Dudley Williams, is often viewed as the male counterpart to Cry, the famous woman’s solo that Mr. Ailey originally choreographed for his muse, Judith Jamison.  The suite opens with Donny Hathaway’s tender “A Song For You,” followed by Nina Simone’s rendition of “A Field of Poppies,” an anti-narcotics song in which the audience witnesses the man’s descent into self-destruction, and closes with Hathaway singing “He Aint Heavy” as the dancer travels around the stage bearing an imaginary load with resolve.  The work gives the soloist a unique opportunity to display both the power and gentleness of the male dancer while digging deep into all the aspects of his relationships – with himself, his fellow man, his brother.

Piazzolla Caldera (1997/ Company Premiere 2015)
Choreography by Paul Taylor                                                                                 Music: Astor Piazzolla and Jerzy Peterburshsky
Set to music by Astor Piazzolla and Jerzy Peterburshsky, Piazzolla Caldera is a finely wrought work sizzling with erotic energy by modern dance master Paul Taylor that captures the essence of tango culture. Men and women engage in a series of fiery encounters, in turns playful and predatory, in vivid duets and trios through the work’s four sections in this passionate homage to tango’s Argentinian working class roots.

Season Repertory

In addition to the premieres, new productions, and special programs, the season repertory includes:

A Case of You – Judith Jamison (2005)

Music: Joni Mitchell performed by Diana Krall

After the Rain Pas de Deux – Christopher Wheeldon (2005)

Music: Arvo Pärt

Exodus – Rennie Harris (2015)

Music: Raphael Xavier, Ost & Kjex

Four Corners – Ronald K. Brown (2013)

Music: Carl Hancock Rux, Rahsaan, Roland Kirk, Yacoub

Grace – Ronald K. Brown (1999)

Music: Duke Ellington, Roy Davis, Fela Kuti

Ife/My Heart – Ronald K. Brown (2005)

Music: Solomon G. Ilori, Art Blakey, Nikki Giovanni, Ursula Rucker, Ballet Folklórico Cutumba de Santiago

Memoria – Alvin Ailey (1970)

Music: Keith Jarrett

Night Creature – Alvin Ailey (1974)

Music: Duke Ellington

No Longer Silent – Robert Battle (2007)

Music: Erwin Schulhoff

ODETTA – Matthew Rushing (2014)

Music: Odetta Holmes

Revelations – Alvin Ailey 1960

Music: Traditional Spirituals

Toccata – Talley Beatty (1960)

Music: Lalo Schifrin, performed by Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra

Season Highlights & Special Programs

“An Evening of Ailey and Jazz” Opening Night Gala Benefit (Nov. 30 at 7pm)
The 2016 Opening Night Gala Benefit performance will be “An Evening of Ailey and Jazz,” featuring Robert Battle’s Ella – a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald preceding the 100th anniversary of her birth – along with a variety of one-night-only performances set to jazz music and Alvin Ailey’s Revelations with live musicians and singers.

Followed by a dinner-dance at the New York Hilton Midtown Grand Ballroom, the benefit raises support for Ailey’s extensive educational and training programs for young people.

Family Matinee Series (Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)
On Saturday afternoons, bring the whole family to enjoy the performance and stay for a free Q & A with the Ailey dancers in the theater following the inspiring finale of Revelations, which is acclaimed as a must-see for all ages.

Celebrating Ronald K. Brown (Dec. 14)
Join in Celebrating Ronald K. Brown, on his 20th anniversary of choreographing for Ailey, with an evening of his works: Open Door (2015), and Four Corners (2013), along with the season’s only performances of an excerpt of Ife: My Heart (2005) and Grace (1999) in its entirety.

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Performances (Dec. 24 mat and eve & 25 eve)
Dance into the spirit of the holidays with Ailey at the Company’s matinee and evening performances on Christmas Eve, and evening performance on Christmas Day. All performances include a variety of inspiring works and close with Ailey’s masterpiece Revelations.

New Year’s Eve Season Finale (Dec. 31)
Join Ailey for a very special New Year’s Eve Season Finale. The performance will include repertory favorites, and a Revelations finale.

Revelations – performed with live musicDecember 2, 4, 5 mat and eve

“All Ailey” ProgramsDecember 3 mat,10 eve, 13, 16, 18 eve, 21 mat, 28 mat, 31 mat  

“All New” ProgramsDecember 11 eve, 15, 17 eve, 21 eve, 30 eve

MY STORY, MY DANCE: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey
The children’s book My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey by Paula Wiseman Books, a division of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, is a perfect holiday gift. Based on Battle’s life, it is the unique story of a young boy who, despite physical and other challenges, has a life filled with music, church, and movement – first martial arts, and then, after seeing Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, dance. Husband-and-wife team James Ransome and Lesa Cline-Ransome created the vibrant illustrations and wrote the inspiring narrative. This heart-warming story is for ages 5 – 10.

Ticket to Dance
The New York City Center season welcomes the return of “Ticket to Dance,” which invites audience members to try their first Ailey Extension class FREE with the presentation of a performance ticket stub (returning students receive a free class with the purchase of a 10-class card). The offer is valid for 60 days from the performance date. The Ailey Extension has fulfilled Alvin Ailey’s life‐long commitment of bringing dance to everyone by offering “real classes for real people,” with over 80 classes per week in more than 25 different dance and fitness techniques.

FULL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE ATTACHED – TICKETS ON SALE SEPTEMBER 6th

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
November 30 – December 31, 2016 at New York City Center
131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, New York, NY
(212) 581-1212 / www.nycitycenter.org

CALENDAR LISTING INFORMATION
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, returns to the New York City Center stage November 30 – December 31, 2016 for a season that has become a joyous holiday tradition.  Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s extraordinary dancers will move audiences with premieres, new productions, repertory favorites and classics like the American masterpiece Revelations, acclaimed as a must-see for all.  Tickets starting at $25 go on sale September 6 and can be purchased at the New York City Center Box Office, through CityTix® at (212) 581-1212 or online at www.alvinailey.org or www.nycitycenter.org.  Discount tickets are available for Ailey Super Fans who purchase tickets for more than one performance, for students with an appropriate ID and for groups of 10 or more (discounts do not apply to $25 tickets). The Saturday Family Matinee series includes a post-performance Q&A with the Ailey dancers and an increased availability of $25 tickets, but buy early for the best seat selection.  For group sales, call 212-405-9082 or e-mail [email protected].   For further information, visit www.alvinailey.org.

Performance Times:

Opening Night Gala (November 30)         7:00pm (note earlier curtain time)

Tuesday – Thursday evenings                     7:30pm

Friday & Saturday evenings                        8:00pm

Sunday evenings                                          7:30pm

Saturday matinees                                       2:00pm

Sunday matinees                                        3:00pm

Wednesday (12/21 & 12/28) matinees    2:00pm

New Year’s Eve (December 31)               7:00pm

ABOUT ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” grew from a now‐fabled March 1958 performance in New York that changed forever the perception of American dance. Founded by Alvin Ailey, recent posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian honor, and guided by Judith Jamison beginning in 1989, the Company is now led by Robert Battle, whom Judith Jamison chose to succeed her on July 1, 2011. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 25 million people in 71 countries on 6 continents – as well as millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings, and online platforms – promoting the uniqueness of the African‐American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance tradition. In addition to being the Principal Dance Company of New York City Center, where its performances have become a year‐end tradition, the Ailey company performs annually at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami‐Dade County in Miami, The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark  where it is the Principal Resident Affiliate), and appears frequently in other major theaters throughout the United States and the world during extensive yearly tours. The Ailey organization also includes Ailey II (1974), a second performing company of emerging young dancers and innovative choreographers; The Ailey School (1969), one of the most extensive dance training programs in the world; Ailey Arts in Education & Community Programs, which brings dance into the classrooms, communities and lives of people of all ages; and The Ailey Extension (2005), a program offering dance and fitness classes to the general public, which began with the opening of Ailey’s permanent home—the largest building dedicated to dance in New York City, the dance capital of the world —named The Joan Weill Center for Dance, at 55th Street at 9th Avenue in New York City.  For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.

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