Dance Performances - Revelations

About Revelations


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." This enduring classic is a tribute to that heritage and to Ailey’s genius.

"Is there a more moving work in 20th century dance than Revelations?"
- Richard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune

"...powerful and eloquent dancing characterize the company in Ailey’s timeless tribute to humanity, faith and survival."
- Clive Barnes, New York Post

"Ailey’s great masterpiece of 1960, a tribute to the black heritage in America."
- Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times

" of the most sublime dances ever choreographed."
- Karen Campbell, The Boston Herald

Performance Schedule & Tickets

Feb 20

  • 8:00 pm
  • Ailey II

    Popejoy Hall


  • Albuquerque, NM

Feb 22

  • 7:30 pm
  • Ailey II

    Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center


  • Midland, TX

Feb 25

  • 7:30 pm
  • Ailey II

    Cultural Activities Center – Frank W. Mayborn Auditorium

  • Temple, TX

Feb 27

  • 8:00 pm
  • Ailey II

    New Orleans Ballet Association at Dixon Hall


  • New Orleans, LA

Mar 1

  • 7:30 pm
  • Ailey II

    Harrison Auditorium

  • Greensboro, NC

Mar 2

  • 7:30 pm
  • Ailey II

    Harrison Auditorium

  • Greensboro, NC

Mar 5

  • 8:00 pm
  • Ailey II

    Reynolds Industries Theater / Duke Divinity School


  • Durham, NC

Mar 9

  • 7:00 pm
  • Ailey II

    Clark State Performing Arts Center


  • Springfield, OH

Mar 10

  • 7:30 pm
  • Ailey II

    Miller Auditorium


  • Kalamazoo, MI

Mar 13

  • 7:30 pm
  • Ailey II

    Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center


  • York, PA



Costumes for "Rocka My Soul" redesigned by Barbara Forbes

Décor & Costumes

Ves Harper


Nicola Cernovitch

First Performance

World Premiere, 1960 - 92nd Street YM-YWHA, New York

Run Time

30 minutes

Musical Style

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