Dance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Robert Battle, artistic director
Matthew Rushing, associate artistic director

​​“Eavesdrop pre-curtain at Bay Area dance shows and you’ll hear audience members sharing their top dance memories. High on almost everyone’s list? Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at UC Berkeley” (San Francisco Chronicle). Continuing a tradition that dates to the late 1960s, the breathtaking Ailey dancers return for the company’s annual campus residency. Ailey artistic director Robert Battle continues to double down on the values that make this ensemble a crown jewel among American companies: artistic excellence, daring innovation, and profound cultural relevance. Three programs this year feature captivating dance from Battle, resident choreographer Jamar Roberts, and the brilliant Kyle Abraham; eye-opening new company productions of works from American masters Twyla Tharp and Paul Taylor; and a selection of Ailey classics, including the ever-popular Revelations—all honoring the timeless Ailey legacy of telling powerful and life-affirming stories through stunning dance.


PROGRAM A (Tue, Apr 11, 7:30pm & Fri, Apr 14, 8pm)
TWYLA THARP Roy’s Joys (1997/2022; Company West Coast Premiere; music: Roy Eldridge)
PAUL TAYLOR DUET (1964/2022; Company West Coast Premiere; music: Franz Josef Haydn)
ROBERT BATTLE For Four (2021; music: Wynton Marsalis)
ALVIN AILEY Revelations (1960; music: traditional spirituals)

PROGRAM B (Wed, Apr 12, 7:30pm & Sat, Apr 15, 8pm)
JAMAR ROBERTS In a Sentimental Mood (2007; music: Gustave Charpentier [“Depuis Le Jour” from Louise; sung by Leontyne Price])
ALVIN AILEY and MARY BARNETT Survivors (1986/New Production 2022; Bay Area Premiere; music: Max Roach [“Survivors” and “Triptych,” strings orchestrated by Peter Phillips])
KYLE ABRAHAM Are You in Your Feelings? (2022; Bay Area Premiere; music: mixtape of soul, hip-hop, and R&B)

PROGRAM C (Thu, Apr 13, 7:30pm; Sat, Apr 15, 2pm; Sun, Apr 16, 3pm)
ALVIN AILEY Night Creature (1975; music: Duke Ellington)
ROBERT BATTLE For Four (2021; music: Wynton Marsalis)
ALVIN AILEY Cry (1971; music: Alice Coltrane, Laura Nyro, & Chuck Griffin)
ALVIN AILEY Revelations (1960; music: traditional spirituals)
Apr 11–16, 2023
Add to Calendar 04/11/2023 07:30 pm 04/11/2023 09:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater https://calperformances.org/events/2022-23/dance/alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater-2223/ Zellerbach Hall
Tickets start at $42

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Apr 11–16, 2023
Add to Calendar 04/11/2023 07:30 pm 04/11/2023 09:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater https://calperformances.org/events/2022-23/dance/alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater-2223/ Zellerbach Hall
Tickets start at $42

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