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Dance
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Robert Battle, artistic director
Masazumi Chaya, associate artistic director

The revered Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—which first visited Cal Performances 50 years ago in 1968—returns to Berkeley for its annual residency. The company's program spans the full range of African American experience, from Jawole Willa Jo Zollar's Shelter, which explores the plight of the homeless, to Artistic Director Robert Battle's joyful jazz tribute, Ella. The residency also includes three Bay Area premieres—Lazarus, a new ballet by hip hop pioneer Rennie Harris, inspired by Ailey's life and legacy; Ronald K. Brown's The Call, which blends Bach, jazz, and Malian music; and Jessica Lang's vivid, celebratory work, EN. Two matinees feature Timeless Ailey, a retrospective program spanning 30 years of Ailey's choreography that culminates in his best-loved work, Revelations.

Program A (APR 9 & 13, 8pm)

RENNIE HARRIS
Lazarus (2018) (Bay Area Premiere) (music: Darrin Ross)
ALVIN AILEY
Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spirituals)
Program B (APR 10 & 12, 8pm)
WAYNE MCGREGOR
Kairos (2014) (Company Bay Area Premiere)
(music: Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, re-composed by Max Richter)
JAWOLE
WILLA JO ZOLLAR

Shelter (1988) (music: Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn and Victor See Yuen)
ROBERT BATTLE
Ella (2008) (music: Ella Fitzgerald)
JESSICA LANG
EN (2018) (Bay Area Premiere) (music: Jakub Ciupinski)
Program C (APR 11, 8pm)
JAMAR ROBERTS
Members Don't Get Weary (2017) (music: John Coltrane)
RONALD K. BROWN
The Call (2018) (Bay Area Premiere)
(music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Mary Lou Williams, Asase Yaa Entertainment Group)
ROBERT BATTLE
Juba (2003) (music: John Mackey)
ALVIN AILEY
Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spirituals)
Program D (APR 13, 2pm & APR 14, 3pm)
ALVIN AILEY
Timeless Ailey Special Program (1958–1986) (music: various)
AILEY
Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spirituals)

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Related Events

"Berkeley Dances Revelations" Workshops and Performance
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 10am
Hearst Gymnasium
Take part in the fourth annual "Berkeley Dances Revelations" flash mob performance. Learn choreography from Alvin Ailey's Revelations, led by dancer Hope Boykin and other company members, then join the performance on the UC Berkeley campus (location to be announced) at 12:30pm. Workshop registration opens in January 2019.

"Berkeley Dances Revelations" Workshops and Performance
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 10:45am
Hearst Gymnasium
Take part in the fourth annual "Berkeley Dances Revelations" flash mob performance. Learn choreography from Alvin Ailey's Revelations, led by dancer Hope Boykin and other company members, then join the performance on the UC Berkeley campus (location to be announced) at 12:30pm. Workshop registration opens in January 2019.

"Berkeley Dances Revelations" Workshops and Performance
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 11:30am
Hearst Gymnasium
Take part in the fourth annual "Berkeley Dances Revelations" flash mob performance. Learn choreography from Alvin Ailey's Revelations, led by dancer Hope Boykin and other company members, then join the performance on the UC Berkeley campus (location to be announced) at 12:30pm. Workshop registration opens in January 2019.

Community Dance Class
Sun, Apr 14, 2019, 11am
Bancroft Studio
A dance class for all ages and abilities taught by a dancer from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. $10. Advance purchase required. Registration opens in January 2019.

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