Dance Performances - Blues Suite

About Blues Suite

Description

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. Ailey’s first masterpiece poignantly evokes the sorrow, humor and humanity of the blues, those heartfelt songs that he called “hymns to the secular regions of the soul.”

This new production of Blues Suite is made possible
with major support from American Express.

Generous support is also provided by the Richard L. Kauffman New Works Endowment Fund.

Performance Schedule & Tickets

Jun 12

Jun 16

Choreography

Music

Traditional; Performed by Brother John Sellers

Costumes

Costumes redesigned by Normand Maxon; Costumes for “Yancey Special” by Jose Coronado

Décor & Costumes

Ves Harper

Lighting

Chenault Spence; Original lighting by Nicola Cernovitch

First Performance

New York City, Kaufman Auditorium, 92nd St YM-YWHA, March 30, 1958

Run Time

32 minutes

Musical Style

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"Blood memories" of rural, Depression-era southern Texas, come to life in Blues Suite, Alvin Ailey’s hugely popular ballet that launched Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at its first performance 57 years ago. 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.
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