About Uptown


Take a vibrant tour through the Harlem Renaissance era in all its boisterous, swinging glory.

In this new ballet by the magnificent, 18-year Company veteran Matthew Rushing, legends like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Josephine Baker and their contemporaries come alive to the music of Fats Waller, Nat "King" Cole and more.

Listen to Matthew Rushing discuss his creation of Uptown

This production was supported by the Ailey New Works Fund, sponsored by Altria Group, Inc.

Generous support was also received from The Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn & Nicolas Rohatyn New Works Endowment Fund, The Ellen Jewett & Richard L. Kauffman New Works Endowment Fund, and Cheryl Bergenfeld Katz.

Performance Schedule & Tickets

There are no upcoming performances for this repertory piece.


Assistant(s) to Choreographer

Renee Robinson & Samuel Deshauteurs


Various Artists; Original composition by Ted Rosenthal


Matthew Rushing with Jon Taylor & Dante Baylor

Lighting and Scenic Design

Al Crawford


Matthew Rushing & Gregor L. Gibson

Dramatic Coaching

Hope Clarke

Swing Dance Consultant

Clyde Wilder

First Performance

New York City Center, December 9, 2009, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


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