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

Oct 15

  • 7:00 pm
  • Ailey II

    Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center


  • Memphis, TN

Oct 18

  • 7:00 pm
  • Ailey II

    McAninch Arts Center at College of Dupage


  • Glen Ellyn, IL

Oct 29

  • 7:30 pm
  • Ailey II

    EKU Center for the Arts


  • Richmond, KY

Oct 30

  • 8:00 pm
  • Ailey II

    The Palladium


  • Carmel, IN

Nov 1

  • 7:00 pm
  • Ailey II

    Valentine Theatre


  • Toledo, OH

Nov 4

  • 7:30 pm
  • Ailey II

    Bergen Performing Arts Center

  • Englewood, NJ

Nov 7

  • 8:00 pm
  • Ailey II

    Weis Performing Arts Center


  • Lewisburg, PA

Nov 8

  • 7:00 pm
  • Ailey II

    Black Rock Center for Arts


  • Germantown, MD

Nov 10

  • 7:30 pm
  • Ailey II

    August Wilson Center

  • Pittsburgh, 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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