Celebrating 50 years with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater!


Cal Performances honors a partnership that began a half-century ago, in 1968, with the first UC Berkeley performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Now under the direction of Robert Battle, the company continues to make work that "feeds the soul," mining the artistic legacy of its founder, and nurturing a new generation of choreographers steeped in the African-American experience. With repertoire that looks back to seminal works like Ailey's own Revelations, and new material that engages with vital social movements, the company creates dances with the power to transform. "The current Ailey dancers inhabit Revelations as if it were freshly made, and perform it with irresistible élan" (The Guardian, London).

Program A (4/10, 4/14 MAT)
TALLEY BEATTY Stack-Up (1982) (music: various contemporary)
JAMAR ROBERTS Members Don't Get Weary (2017) (West Coast Premiere) (music: John Coltrane)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)

Program B (4/11, 4/12, 4/15)
ROBERT BATTLE Mass (2004) (Company West Coast Premiere) (music: John Mackey)
BATTLE Ella (2008) (music: Ella Fitzgerald)
JAWOLE WILLA JO ZOLLAR Shelter (1988) (music: Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn)
BATTLE The Hunt (2001) (music: Les Tambours du Bronx)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)

Program C (4/13, 4/14 EVE)
TWYLA THARP The Golden Section (1983) (music: David Byrne)
GUSTAVO RAMIREZ SANSANO Victoria (2017) (West Coast Premiere) (music: Michael Gordon)
BATTLE Ella (2008) (music: Ella Fitzgerald)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)


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Public Events


RESIDENCY
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
Apr 10–15

Public Forum
Thu, Apr 12, 2018, 3pm
Geballe Room, Stephens Hall
Joining Generations discussion with Robert Battle, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Prof. Brandi Wilkins Catanese (Depts. of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies and African American Studies), and the Dance Studies Working Group.

Free and open to the public.

Berkeley Dances Revelations Workshops
April 13 2018, 10am, 10:45am, 11:30am
Hearst Gym
Three workshops: 10am, 10:45am, 11:30am. Free and open to the public. Capacity is limited.

RSVP Now 10am


RSVP Now 10:45am


RSVP Now 11:30am

Berkeley Dances Revelations Flash Mob
Fri, Apr 13, 2018, 12:30pm
Lower Sproul Plaza
Public performance of "Rocka My Soul" choreography from Alvin Ailey's Revelations (see www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWBel7J4lzs). Costumes are encouraged. A limited number of hand fans will be available at the workshops.

Free and open to the public.

Community Dance Class
Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11am
Bancroft Studio
$5. Advance registration required. Capacity is limited.

RSVP Now

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

Videos

Berkeley RADICAL 2017/18 Transcending Borders
Watch to learn more about Cal Performances' groundbreaking and dynamic artistic programming philosophy.


Berkeley RADICAL 2017/18 Season: Robert Battle/Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Joining Generations)


Cal Performances 2017/18 Season: Robert Battle and Matías Tarnopolsky In Conversation


Berkeley RADICAL 2017/18 Season: Joining Generations


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (2002-03)


Welcome to Ailey's Official YouTube Channel


Behind the Scenes of Victoria


Mass


Members Don't Get Weary Behind the Scenes Part 1: Movement


Members Don't Get Weary Behind the Scenes Part 2: Musicality & Jazz


Revelations


Shelter


The Golden Section by Twyla Tharp


The Hunt

Program Notes


Program notes are available online. [PDF]

Donor Benefits

Donor Event: Intermission Hospitality
Tue, Apr 10, 8pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1500+)
Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall during the above performance(s). Donor Intermission Hospitality is the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Donor Event: Intermission Hospitality
Sat, Apr 14, 8pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1500+)
Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall during the above performance(s). 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.


Donor Parking
As a service to our donors at the $750 level and above, we offer the opportunity to reserve parking for our performances. Reserve parking online 5 business days or more in advance of the performance, or by contacting Cal Performances' Development Department at 510.642.8653 or email donate@calperformances.org.

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Additional information regarding donor parking benefits can be found on our Donor Services/Parking page.

AileyCamp
15th Anniversary of AileyCamp

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)