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Alvin Ailey American
Dance Theater

April 21–26, 2015


In modern masterpieces like Revelations and in new works by next-generation choreographers, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater conveys the panorama of American cultural experience through powerful movement and graceful fluidity. Artistic director Robert Battle has been praised for invigorating the company's repertoire, bringing in energetic young choreographers and mounting compelling works that stimulate the imaginations of its dynamic dancers. The company returns for its annual residency, praised last season by the San Francisco Chronicle: "The names and faces may change, the dances may vary, but a night at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater guarantees you a night of amazing dancing."

Program A (4/21, 4/24)
Rushing: ODETTA (Bay Area premiere; music: Odetta, Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell)    Dove: Bad Blood (music: Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel)    Parsons: Caught (music: Robert Fripp)    Ailey: Revelations

Program B (4/22, 4/25 mat, 4/26)
Van Manen: Polish Pieces (music: Górecki)    Dafora: Awassa Astrige/Ostrich (music: Carl Riley)    Moses: The Pleasure of the Lesson (Bay Area premiere; music: Robert Moses and David Worm)    Ailey: Revelations

Program C (4/23, 4/25 eve)
Shechter: Uprising (Bay Area premiere; music: Hofesh Shechter and Vex'd)    Buglisi: Suspended Women (Bay Area premiere; music: Ravel)    Wheeldon: After the Rain (music: Arvo Pärt)    Ailey: Revelations

* This program was updated on January 22. It may differ from communications you've received earlier.

Related Events
Discover, Engage: Education & Community Programs

Education & Community Event: Residency
April 21-26, 2015
Campus and community residency activities to be announced.

Education & Community Event: Community Dance Class
Sun, Apr 26, 11 am–12:30 pm
Bancroft Studio
Free and open to the public
Presented in association with the UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.


Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

Donor Event: Intermission Hospitality
Tue, Apr 21, 8 pm, Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
Sat, Apr 25, 2 pm, Zellerbach Room
Sat, Apr 25, 8 pm, Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1,500+)

Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall during the above performances. Donor Intermission Hospitality is 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 become a Donor, please call 510.643.8783 or visit our Support section.

Program Notes

Program notes are available online approximately 1-2 days before the performance.


Bad Blood


Awassa Astrige/Ostrich

The Pleasure of the Lesson

Polish Pieces


Behind the Scenes: Suspended Women—Part 1

The Making of Matthew Rushing's ODETTA: Part 3

The Making of Matthew Rushing's ODETTA: Part 2

The Making of Matthew Rushing's ODETTA: Part 1

Robert Battle discusses Robert Moses' The Pleasure of the Lesson

13th 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)

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Tue, April 21, 8 pm
Wed, April 22, 8 pm
Thu, April 23, 8 pm
Fri, April 24, 8 pm
Sat, April 25, 2 pm
Sat, April 25, 8 pm
Sun, April 26, 3 pm