Calendar

December 2014

Thu, December 18

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York, NY

7:30 pm

Running Time: 2 hours
New York City Center

212-581-1212

Casting
All New
Program subject to change.

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.

Suspended Women

Suspended Women was choreographed in 2000 by the celebrated former Martha Graham Dance Company dancer, prolific choreographer, and master teacher, Jacqulyn Buglisi. Set to music by Maurice Ravel, with interpolations composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain, it has since been recognized as one of her signature works.

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

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Professional Classes

New York, NY

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8:30 AM - 9:50 AM Ballet II Nancy Turano
8:30 AM - 9:50 AM Ballet III Graciela Kozak and Peter Brandenhoff
8:30 AM - 9:50 AM Horton I Elizabeth Roxas
8:30 AM - 9:50 AM Ballet IV Pedro Ruiz
8:30 AM - 9:50 AM Ballet VI Celia Marino
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Tap I Kimberly LaRue
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Modern I Marianne Bachmann
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Yoga I Leslie Journet
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Horton I Tracy Inman
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Horton III Milton Myers
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Ballet IV Beth Goheen
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Ballet V Graciela Kozak and Peter Brandenhoff
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Ballet VI Nancy Turano
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Modern II Dudley Williams
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM Horton II Milton Myers
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM Intermediate/Advanced Men's Ballet Peter Brandenhoff
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM Modern I Martin Lofsness
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM Taylor Technique Carolyn Adams
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM Ballet IV Nancy Turano
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM Beginner Pointe Celia Marino
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM Modern II Jacqulyn Buglisi
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM Horton II Fredrick Earl Mosley
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM Jazz II Judine Somerville
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM Modern III/IV Jacqulyn Buglisi
3:00 PM - 4:20 PM Hip-Hop Jonathan Lee
3:00 PM - 4:20 PM Modern I Marianne Bachmann
3:00 PM - 4:20 PM Modern III Penny Frank

Fri, December 19

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York, NY

8:00 pm

Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
New York City Center

212-581-1212

Casting
Program subject to change.

Chroma

The groundbreaking British choreographer's contemporary ballet is full of sensory surprises: sumptuous movement, a driving score by Joby Talbot with orchestrations of songs by The White Stripes, and a luminous set by minimalist architect John Pawson.

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.

Professional Classes

New York, NY

Prepay for Classes

8:30 AM - 9:50 AM Horton I Milton Myers
8:30 AM - 9:50 AM Ballet II/III Beth Goheen
8:30 AM - 9:50 AM Modern I Ari Mayzick and Ari Mayzick
8:30 AM - 9:50 AM Ballet V Robert Atwood
8:30 AM - 9:50 AM Ballet VI Graciela Kozak
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Horton I Fernando Carrillo
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Horton III Adrienne Hurd
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Ballet VII Jenny Chiang
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Ballet II/III Pedro Ruiz
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Ballet IV Graciela Kozak
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Ballet V Lynn Glauber-Mandel and Celia Marino
10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Modern II Christine Dakin
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM Horton II Guillermo Asca
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM Ballet IV Celia Marino
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM Modern I Kevin Predmore and Kevin Predmore
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM Modern III/IV Ari Mayzick
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM Gyrokinesis®
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM Ballet VI Lynn Glauber-Mandel
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM Jazz II
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM Horton II Freddie Moore
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM Modern II Kevin Predmore

Sat, December 20

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York, NY

2:00 pm

Running Time: 2 hours
New York City Center

212-581-1212

Casting
Family Matinee
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.

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.

D-Man in the Waters (Part I)

In this exhilarating work by Kennedy Center Honoree, MacArthur Grant awardee and Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones (Fela!, Spring Awakening), rigorous formalism and musicality embody resilience and triumph over loss.

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.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York, NY

8:00 pm

Running Time: 2 hours
New York City Center

212-581-1212

Casting
All New
Program subject to change.

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.

Suspended Women

Suspended Women was choreographed in 2000 by the celebrated former Martha Graham Dance Company dancer, prolific choreographer, and master teacher, Jacqulyn Buglisi. Set to music by Maurice Ravel, with interpolations composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain, it has since been recognized as one of her signature works.

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.

Sun, December 21

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York, NY

3:00 pm

Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
New York City Center

212-581-1212

Casting
Ailey / Ellington
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.

Pas de Duke

Pas de Duke is Alvin Ailey’s spirited modern dance translation of a classical pas de deux, originally created in 1976 as a showcase for Judith Jamison and Mikhail Baryshnikov. She was a reigning star of modern dance; he was one of the world’s most famous ballet dancers, having defected from the Soviet Union two years earlier. Ailey made brilliant use of the dancers’ physical and stylistic differences, crafting an elegant, flirtatious work that showed off their exuberance and virtuosity as they engaged in a playful game of one-upmanship.  

The River

By turns muscular and lyrical, The River is a sweeping full-company work that suggests tumbling rapids and meandering streams on a journey to the sea. Ailey’s allegory of birth, life and rebirth abounds with water references, from the spinning “Vortex” solo to the romantic “Lake” duet, and from the powerful “Falls” quartet to the joyful “Giggling Rapids.” The choreography demonstrates Ailey’s admiration for classical ballet, but retains the modern and jazz influences found in all his work. “The River shows Mr. Ailey at his inventive best,” declared The New York Times.

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.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York, NY

7:30 pm

Running Time: 2 hours
New York City Center

212-581-1212

Casting
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.

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.

Episodes

Ulysses Dove’s Episodes is a starkly passionate interpretation of the power struggles involved in human relationships.  Set to a sparse, percussive score by Robert Ruggieri with the choreography contained along two diagonally-lit paths, private battles between the sexes play out for all to see onstage.  Moments of tension, explosive confrontation, and unresolved longing are drawn out as duos partner with complete abandon.

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

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Zumba® Fitness Jose Ozuna
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Zumba® Fitness Jose Ozuna
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Absolute Beginner Ballet
SUB: Mayumi Omagari
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM Advanced Beginner Ballet
SUB: Mayumi Omagami
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Beginner Hip-Hop Robin Dunn
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Beginner West African Vado Diomande
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Afro Cuban Modern Dance
CANCELED
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Beginner Contemporary Jazz Slam
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Beginner Horton Iquail Johnson
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Adv. Beginner/Intermediate Samba/Afro-Brazilian Quenia Ribeiro
5:00 PM - 6:45 PM Power Ashtanga Yoga Irini Res

Mon, December 22

 

Professional Classes

New York, NY

Prepay for Classes

The Ailey School Holiday Break 2014/15

Tue, December 23

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York, NY

7:30 pm

Running Time: 2 hours
New York City Center

212-581-1212

Casting
Program subject to change.

Episodes

Ulysses Dove’s Episodes is a starkly passionate interpretation of the power struggles involved in human relationships.  Set to a sparse, percussive score by Robert Ruggieri with the choreography contained along two diagonally-lit paths, private battles between the sexes play out for all to see onstage.  Moments of tension, explosive confrontation, and unresolved longing are drawn out as duos partner with complete abandon.

Four Corners

In Ronald K. Brown’s Four Corners, 11 dancers depict spiritual seekers amid four angels standing on the corners of the earth, holding the four winds. In creating his fifth commission for the Ailey company since 1999, the celebrated choreographer turned to the song “Lamentations” by his friend, recording artist Carl Hancock Rux. Drawing from West African and modern dance influences, Brown uses grounded, earthy movements to portray figures who are burdened by grief but ultimately find peace, solace, and freedom with the aid of “the angels in their corners” mentioned in Rux’s text.

Caught

The dancer in Parsons’ signature work defies gravity as he flies through the air in a breathtaking display of athletic stamina. Flashing lights capture the dancer in more than 100 leaps, suspending him perpetually in mid-motion without ever touching ground.

Minus 16

Featuring an eclectic score ranging from Dean Martin to mambo, techno to traditional Israeli music, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 uses improvisation and Naharin’s acclaimed “Gaga” method, a unique movement language that breaks down old habits, pushing the dancers to challenge themselves in new ways.  

Professional Classes

New York, NY

Prepay for Classes

The Ailey School Holiday Break 2014/15

Wed, December 24

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York, NY

2:00 pm

Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
New York City Center

212-581-1212

Casting
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.

Takademe

Robert Battle’s bravura work mixes humor and high-flying movement in a savvy deconstruction of Indian Kathak dance rhythms. Clear shapes and propulsive jumps mimic the vocalized syllables of Sheila Chandra's syncopated score.

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.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York, NY

7:30 pm

Running Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
New York City Center

212-581-1212

Casting
Program subject to change.

Minus 16

Featuring an eclectic score ranging from Dean Martin to mambo, techno to traditional Israeli music, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 uses improvisation and Naharin’s acclaimed “Gaga” method, a unique movement language that breaks down old habits, pushing the dancers to challenge themselves in new ways.  

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.

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.

Caught

The dancer in Parsons’ signature work defies gravity as he flies through the air in a breathtaking display of athletic stamina. Flashing lights capture the dancer in more than 100 leaps, suspending him perpetually in mid-motion without ever touching ground.

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.

Professional Classes

New York, NY

Prepay for Classes

The Ailey School Holiday Break 2014/15

Thu, December 25

 

Professional Classes

New York, NY

Prepay for Classes

The Ailey School Holiday Break 2014/15

Fri, December 26

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York, NY

8:00 pm

Running Time: 2 hours
New York City Center

212-581-1212

Casting
All New
Program subject to change.

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.

Suspended Women

Suspended Women was choreographed in 2000 by the celebrated former Martha Graham Dance Company dancer, prolific choreographer, and master teacher, Jacqulyn Buglisi. Set to music by Maurice Ravel, with interpolations composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain, it has since been recognized as one of her signature works.

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.

Professional Classes

New York, NY

Prepay for Classes

The Ailey School Holiday Break 2014/15

Sat, December 27

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York, NY

2:00 pm

Running Time: 2 hours
New York City Center

212-581-1212

Casting
Family Matinee
Program subject to change.

Polish Pieces

In this exuberant ensemble work, Dutch choreographer van Manen displays his mastery for building dazzling creations from simple motifs and geometric patterns. Driven by the rhythms of Henryk Górecki’s score, the dancers come together and disperse in endlessly shifting formations that culminate in two sensual pas de deux.

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.

Episodes

Ulysses Dove’s Episodes is a starkly passionate interpretation of the power struggles involved in human relationships.  Set to a sparse, percussive score by Robert Ruggieri with the choreography contained along two diagonally-lit paths, private battles between the sexes play out for all to see onstage.  Moments of tension, explosive confrontation, and unresolved longing are drawn out as duos partner with complete abandon.

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.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York, NY

8:00 pm

Running Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
New York City Center

212-581-1212

Casting
Program subject to change.

Chroma

The groundbreaking British choreographer's contemporary ballet is full of sensory surprises: sumptuous movement, a driving score by Joby Talbot with orchestrations of songs by The White Stripes, and a luminous set by minimalist architect John Pawson.

D-Man in the Waters (Part I)

In this exhilarating work by Kennedy Center Honoree, MacArthur Grant awardee and Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones (Fela!, Spring Awakening), rigorous formalism and musicality embody resilience and triumph over loss.

Takademe

Robert Battle’s bravura work mixes humor and high-flying movement in a savvy deconstruction of Indian Kathak dance rhythms. Clear shapes and propulsive jumps mimic the vocalized syllables of Sheila Chandra's syncopated score.

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.

Sun, December 28

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York, NY

3:00 pm

Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
New York City Center

212-581-1212

Casting
Program subject to change.

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.”

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.

Four Corners

In Ronald K. Brown’s Four Corners, 11 dancers depict spiritual seekers amid four angels standing on the corners of the earth, holding the four winds. In creating his fifth commission for the Ailey company since 1999, the celebrated choreographer turned to the song “Lamentations” by his friend, recording artist Carl Hancock Rux. Drawing from West African and modern dance influences, Brown uses grounded, earthy movements to portray figures who are burdened by grief but ultimately find peace, solace, and freedom with the aid of “the angels in their corners” mentioned in Rux’s text.

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.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York, NY

7:30 pm

Running Time: 2 hours
New York City Center

212-581-1212

Casting
All New
Program subject to change.

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.

Suspended Women

Suspended Women was choreographed in 2000 by the celebrated former Martha Graham Dance Company dancer, prolific choreographer, and master teacher, Jacqulyn Buglisi. Set to music by Maurice Ravel, with interpolations composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain, it has since been recognized as one of her signature works.

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.

Mon, December 29

 

Professional Classes

New York, NY

Prepay for Classes

The Ailey School Holiday Break 2014/15

Tue, December 30

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York, NY

7:30 pm

Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
New York City Center

212-581-1212

Casting
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.

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.

Grace

One of the most popular works in the Ailey repertory, Ronald K. Brown’s spellbinding Grace is a fervent tour-de-force depicting individuals on a journey to the promised land. 

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.

Professional Classes

New York, NY

Prepay for Classes

The Ailey School Holiday Break 2014/15

Wed, December 31

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York, NY

2:00 pm

Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
New York City Center

212-581-1212

Casting
All New
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.

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.

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.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York, NY

7:00 pm

Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
New York City Center

212-581-1212

Casting
New Year's Eve featuring special guests
Program subject to change.

Polish Pieces

In this exuberant ensemble work, Dutch choreographer van Manen displays his mastery for building dazzling creations from simple motifs and geometric patterns. Driven by the rhythms of Henryk Górecki’s score, the dancers come together and disperse in endlessly shifting formations that culminate in two sensual pas de deux.

Takademe

Robert Battle’s bravura work mixes humor and high-flying movement in a savvy deconstruction of Indian Kathak dance rhythms. Clear shapes and propulsive jumps mimic the vocalized syllables of Sheila Chandra's syncopated score.

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.

Caught

The dancer in Parsons’ signature work defies gravity as he flies through the air in a breathtaking display of athletic stamina. Flashing lights capture the dancer in more than 100 leaps, suspending him perpetually in mid-motion without ever touching ground.

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.

Professional Classes

New York, NY

Prepay for Classes

The Ailey School Holiday Break 2014/15