Dance Performances - Love Songs

About Love Songs


A male counterpart to Mr. Ailey’s Cry, this lyrical solo from 1972 offers an emotional journey through love and longing, set to a suite of songs recorded by Donny Hathaway and Nina Simone.

"I love you in a place
Where there's no space or time...
I love you for my life
You're a friend of mine..."

This new production of Love Songs is made possible
with generous support from Natasha Leibel Levine, M.D. & Harlan B. Levine, M.D.

Performance Schedule & Tickets

Jun 12

Jun 16



Masazumi Chaya


"A Song for You" by Donny Hathaway; "Poppies" by Nina Simone; "He Ain't Heavy, He's my Brother" by Donny Hathaway


Ursula Reed


Shirley Prendergast

Music and Lyrics

Leon Russell, Jeremy Wind, Leonard Bleecher, Bobby Scott & Bobby Russell

First Performance


Run Time

16 minutes

Groups 10+

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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. Love Songs offers a message of hope and commitment as it traces the dancer’s journey through love, anguish, and determination to overcome adversity.