The great American choreographer Alvin Ailey famously said, "I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people." And his glorious company of dancers has done just that, over more than 50 years of memorable performances. The company returns for its first appearances under the artistic direction of the superb choreographer Robert Battle, the hand-picked successor to Judith Jamison, who has said, "choosing Robert Battle is the giant leap I want to take to ensure that this company stays vibrant in the future." Audiences can confidently expect a continuation of the great Ailey legacy, with programs of company classics, thrilling work new to the Bay Area, and the legendary Revelations.
Program A (3/13; 3/16): Ohad Naharin: Minus 16, set to music ranging from Dean Martin to mambo, techno, and traditional Israeli · Rennie Harris: Home, music by Dennis Ferrer and Raphael Xavier (Bay Area premiere) · Ailey: Revelations
Program B (3/14; 3/17 mat; 3/18 mat): Paul Taylor: Arden Court, music by William Boyce (Bay Area premiere) · Robert Battle: Takademe, music by Sheila Chandra (Bay Area premiere); The Hunt, music by Les Tambours du Bronx · Ailey: Revelations
Program C (3/15; 3/17 eve): Ulysses Dove: Urban Folk Dance · Harris: Home · Ailey: Streams; Revelations
March 16, 5-6 pm.
Meet newly appointed artistic Director Robert Battle, who will converse with dance specialist Kathryn Roszak about the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Lobby Talks are held in the Zellerbach Hall Lobby mezzanine, where appetizing food and beverage from the café are the ideal complement to these convivial gatherings. While the talks are free and open to the public, tickets must be purchased for the associated performances.
Donor Intermission Reception
Tue, Mar 13
(Donors of $1,200+)
Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine during intermission. Donor Intermissions are the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.
Membership benefits like these are our way of thanking our supporters for their much needed contributions. To find out how you can join the Producer's Circle, please call 510.642.8653 or visit our Support section.
Program notes are available online. [PDF]
The Hunt (as part of The Men of Ailey video)
10th Anniversary of AileyCamp
AileyCamp, the nationally acclaimed summer youth program, conceived by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and locally produced by Cal Performances, teaches life lessons through ballet, modern, jazz and African dance to Berkeley/Oakland middle school students. Follow three AileyCampers from beginning impressions through the grand finale performance at the end of the six week experience. (Length: 8:25)