Calendar

March 2015

Fri, March 27

Ailey II

Conway, SC

7:30 pm

Wheelwright Auditorium

843-349-2502

Program subject to change.

Hissy Fits

Dwight Rhoden, the former Ailey star turned renowned choreographer, "knows how to dazzle our eyes and quicken our pulses” (Village Voice). But in this 2006 contemporary ballet, he went beyond mere virtuosic movement to depict the sometimes tumultuous and ambivalent nature of human relationships. J.S. Bach’s piano music provides a powerful backdrop to the high-voltage interplay of five couples, each of whom feels the ripple effect of a series of ‘hissy fits,’ or uncontrollable emotional impulses, that reverberate in this work.

Breakthrough

Manuel Vignoulle’s diverse international background, first as a dancer and now as a choreographer, informs his creative approach — drawing on both the introspective, conceptual world of European modernism and the more outwardly expressive culture of American dance.

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 American Dance Theater

Boston, MA

8:00 pm

Citi Performing Arts Center / Wang Theatre

800-982-2787

Program subject to change.

Night Creature

Alvin Ailey’s Night Creature is a bubbly champagne cocktail of a dance, a perfect fusion of Ailey’s buoyant choreography and Duke Ellington’s sparkling music.  At once wistful and sassy, it beckons viewers into a nocturnal world populated by jazz babies and night owls.

Awassa Astrige/Ostrich

With arms flapping like wings, torso rippling and head held high, a warrior is transformed into the proud, powerful ostrich ­— the king of birds.  Sierra Leone-born choreographer Dafora blended his vision of a traditional African dance with Western staging in this groundbreaking 1932 solo set to Carl Riley’s score of African drumming and flute.

Bad Blood

In Bad Blood, emotional passion and kinetic energy encapsulate the powerful yet extremely tender war between the sexes, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats with a daredevil display.

After the Rain Pas de Deux

In Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain Pas de Deux, a couple performs a haunting pas de deux set to Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel. The work first premiered in 2005 at New York City Ballet’s annual New Combinations Evening, which honors the anniversary of George Balanchine’s birth with world premieres. The dreamlike male-female duet has been widely praised for its sublime simplicity and intricate partnering, and it is revealed in a fresh light as the Ailey dancers make it their own.

Revelations

Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

Sat, March 28

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Boston, MA

2:00 pm

Citi Performing Arts Center / Wang Theatre

800-982-2787

Program subject to change.

Night Creature

Alvin Ailey’s Night Creature is a bubbly champagne cocktail of a dance, a perfect fusion of Ailey’s buoyant choreography and Duke Ellington’s sparkling music.  At once wistful and sassy, it beckons viewers into a nocturnal world populated by jazz babies and night owls.

Awassa Astrige/Ostrich

With arms flapping like wings, torso rippling and head held high, a warrior is transformed into the proud, powerful ostrich ­— the king of birds.  Sierra Leone-born choreographer Dafora blended his vision of a traditional African dance with Western staging in this groundbreaking 1932 solo set to Carl Riley’s score of African drumming and flute.

Bad Blood

In Bad Blood, emotional passion and kinetic energy encapsulate the powerful yet extremely tender war between the sexes, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats with a daredevil display.

After the Rain Pas de Deux

In Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain Pas de Deux, a couple performs a haunting pas de deux set to Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel. The work first premiered in 2005 at New York City Ballet’s annual New Combinations Evening, which honors the anniversary of George Balanchine’s birth with world premieres. The dreamlike male-female duet has been widely praised for its sublime simplicity and intricate partnering, and it is revealed in a fresh light as the Ailey dancers make it their own.

Revelations

Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

Ailey II

Madison, GA

7:30 pm

Madison-Morgan Cultural Center

706-342-4743

Program subject to change.

Hissy Fits

Dwight Rhoden, the former Ailey star turned renowned choreographer, "knows how to dazzle our eyes and quicken our pulses” (Village Voice). But in this 2006 contemporary ballet, he went beyond mere virtuosic movement to depict the sometimes tumultuous and ambivalent nature of human relationships. J.S. Bach’s piano music provides a powerful backdrop to the high-voltage interplay of five couples, each of whom feels the ripple effect of a series of ‘hissy fits,’ or uncontrollable emotional impulses, that reverberate in this work.

Wings

What if there were angels moving among us on earth? Rising choreographer Jennifer Archibald explores this intriguing possibility in her work, Wings -- an unabashedly emotional portrayal of interactions between angels and humans. Set to an ambient score by veteran dance composer Michael Wall, Archibald’s movement is ferocious yet vulnerable, showcasing both the dancers’ athletic prowess and raw honesty.

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 American Dance Theater

Boston, MA

8:00 pm

Citi Performing Arts Center / Wang Theatre

800-982-2787

Program subject to change.

Bad Blood

In Bad Blood, emotional passion and kinetic energy encapsulate the powerful yet extremely tender war between the sexes, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats with a daredevil display.

Uprising

Created in 2006, Hofesh Shechter’s exhilarating Uprising features seven men who emerge from the shadows to bombard the stage with virile intensity, bonding and sparring in a highly charged work set to a propulsive percussive score by the choreographer himself. Widely considered his breakthrough work, Uprising defined Shechter as a new rebellious voice in dance with an untouchable ability to captivate audiences and set hearts pounding.

ODETTA

Odetta Holmes – one of the most influential singers of the 20th century – is rediscovered as renowned Ailey dancer Matthew Rushing marries soul-stirring movement to songs by the artist anointed “the queen of American folk music” by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Public Classes

New York, NY

Prepay for Classes

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM DanzaTone™ Jose Ozuna
9:35 AM - 10:25 AM Powerful Body Pilates Sarita Allen
10:35 AM - 11:25 AM Masala Bhangra Workout®
SUB: Elaine Baez
11:35 AM - 12:25 PM Zumba® Fitness
SUB: Sam Salazar
11:35 AM - 12:25 PM Beginner West African Yah'Ya Kamate
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Beginner Hip-Hop Jonathan Lee
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Advanced Beginner Dunham Joan Peters
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Advanced Beginner Horton Karen Arceneaux
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Open Samba / Afro-Brazilian Quenia Ribeiro
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Ballet Peter Brandenhoff
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Beginner Street Jazz
SUB: Dionna PridGeon
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Vogue with Cesar Valentino Cesar Valentino
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Zumba® Fitness Karen Arceneaux
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Advanced Beginner Sabar Babacar M’Baye

Sun, March 29

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Boston, MA

3:00 pm

Citi Performing Arts Center / Wang Theatre

800-982-2787

Program subject to change.

LIFT

This propulsive world premiere by in-demand choreographer Aszure Barton accentuates the vitality and physical prowess of the Ailey company. Driven by the dancers’ passion, skill and collective power, the work was created over a developmental process with the entire Company. The percussive score, composed by Curtis Macdonald, is infused with the infectious energy and heart that she observed in her initial encounters with the Ailey dancers.

The Pleasure of the Lesson

Award-winning choreographer Robert Moses’ first work for the Ailey company brings arresting visuals, a seductive score and sensual movement for ten dancers. His choreography has been described by The Huffington Post as “a visually delicious beast that never comes short of dazzling the senses.”

Revelations

Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

Public Classes

New York, NY

Prepay for Classes

Mon, March 30

Ailey II

Harrisonburg, VA

8:00 pm

Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

540-568-6211

Program subject to change.

The External Knot

This modern work by Ailey II Artistic Director Troy Powell follows the journey of a young man and his internal battle to assert his independence from others.  A fluid series of solos, duets, and ensemble sections build to a climax with transporting music by Philip Glass and Robert Schumann. 

Cuore Sott’olio

In Polish choreographer Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s Cuore Sott’olio (“heart submerged in oil”), a female figure tumbles through the memories of past relationships in a fusion of folk dance and contemporary movement.

Virtues

Amy Hall Garner is emerging as one of America's most diverse creative talents, with a career that spans from Broadway to ballet. In her work,  set to a vibrant score by Karl Jenkins, Garner delivers high energy with a sophisticated edge.

Public Classes

New York, NY

Prepay for Classes

Tue, March 31

Ailey II

Harrisonburg, VA

8:00 pm

Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

540-568-6211

Program subject to change.

The External Knot

This modern work by Ailey II Artistic Director Troy Powell follows the journey of a young man and his internal battle to assert his independence from others.  A fluid series of solos, duets, and ensemble sections build to a climax with transporting music by Philip Glass and Robert Schumann. 

Cuore Sott’olio

In Polish choreographer Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s Cuore Sott’olio (“heart submerged in oil”), a female figure tumbles through the memories of past relationships in a fusion of folk dance and contemporary movement.

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.