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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Tuesday through Thursday, March 29–31, 2022, 7:30pm
Friday, April 1, 2022, 8pm
Saturday, April 2, 2022, 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, April 3, 2022, 3pm
Zellerbach Hall

Bank of America is the National Tour Sponsor of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

The 2022 North American Tour is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Major funding of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is also provided by the US Small Business Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, American Express, Bloomberg Philanthropies, BNY Mellon, Diageo North America, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Ford Foundation, Fund II Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, NBA Foundation, New York City Center, Prudential, The SHS Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and Southern Company.

These performances are made possible, in part, by Patron Sponosors Gail and Dan Rubinfeld.

Program

From the Executive and Artistic Director

Jeremy Geffen

What a joy it is this week to welcome the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater back to Zellerbach Hall for the company’s first UC Berkeley performances since the pandemic began in March 2020. For more than 50 years, what we fondly call “Ailey Week” has been a major highlight of our season, as thousands of dance fans flock to campus to check in on the latest work from one of Americas’ most beloved—and respected—dance companies. Year in and year out, no one wants to miss “Ailey Week”!

This season is certainly no exception, as the company performs more than a dozen works from the storied Ailey repertory. We’ll see the West Coast premiere of the newly staged version of Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts’ Holding Space (a Cal Performances co-commission, seen for the first time last season on our Cal Perfor­mances at Home streaming series), as well as the Bay Area premiere of Artistic Director Robert Battle’s new For Four, set to music by Wynton Marsalis. All this and more, including a selection of works by Alvin Ailey himself—classics like Blues Suite (1958), Cry (1971), Pas de Duke (1976), and, of course, Ailey’s timeless masterwork, Revelations (1960).

I also want to say how much we’re looking forward to this summer’s 20th-anniversary edition of the Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp, a centerpiece of Cal Performances’ education and community programs that works to instill self-confidence, discipline, and self-esteem in underserved youngsters through the art of dance. Since 2002, AileyCamp has positively affected the lives of more than 1,000 young people (plus hundreds more in their families and communities). We believe that this extraordinary program—along with our annual residency with the Ailey company—makes a significant contribution to the cultural life of the Bay Area.

Even as Ailey returns to campus, we also want to extend a special welcome to the exceptional young mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton on the occasion of her Cal Performances debut, Sunday afternoon (Apr 3) in Hertz Hall. Barton has captured the music world’s attention with her brilliant singing, but she is also often praised for how uses her powerful voice offstage—advocating for women and LGBTQ+ people and speaking out on topics such as body positivity, diet culture, and social justice issues. Her program features music by Purcell, Schubert, and Brahms, as well as several works (including a West Coast premiere) by Jake Heggie. Once a staff member here at Cal Performances(!), today Jake is perhaps best known for his acclaimed operas including Dead Man Walking and Moby-Dick, praised as “arguably the world’s most popular 21st century opera and art song composer” (The Wall Street Journal). We’re particularly excited that, on this occasion, he’ll be on hand to accompany Barton from the piano!

March and April finds Cal Performances operating at full speed as we approach the April 20 announcement date for our brilliant 2022–23 season. (We just released our beautiful new 42-page season brochure to the printer; I can’t wait to share it with you!) From now through the first week of May, the remainder of our current season is filled with adventurous programming. You won’t want to miss…

  • the renowned English Baroque Soloists with conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner in a transfixing program of works by Mozart and Haydn (Apr 10)
  • Angélique Kidjo, our 2021–22 artist-in-residence, in her new music-theater piece Yemandja (a much-anticipated Cal Performances co-commission and Illuminations event, Apr 23)
  • highly anticipated concerts with superb classical artists including Germany’s Tetzlaff Quartet (Apr 23); pianist Daniil Trifonov (Apr 28), making his Cal Performances solo debut; and the Danish String Quartet (Apr 29)—a particular favorite of our chamber music audience—delivering the next installment in its ongoing Doppelgänger Project, a series of concerts that pairs late Schubert string quartets with newly commissioned works (on this occasion, a new quartet by the fascinating Finnish composer Lotta Wennäkoski).

Fasten your seatbelts; we have all of this—and more—in store before the season ends!

I know you join us in looking forward to what lies ahead, and to coming together—as we do today and have done so often in the past—to encounter the life-changing experiences that only the live performing arts deliver. We can’t wait to share it all with you!

Jeremy Geffen
Executive and Artistic Director, Cal Performances

Jeremy GeffenWhat a joy it is this week to welcome the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater back to Zellerbach Hall for the company’s first UC Berkeley performances since the pandemic began in March 2020. For more than 50 years, what we fondly call “Ailey Week” has been a major highlight of our season, as thousands of dance fans flock to campus to check in on the latest work from one of Americas’ most beloved—and respected—dance companies. Year in and year out, no one wants to miss “Ailey Week”!

This season is certainly no exception, as the company performs more than a dozen works from the storied Ailey repertory. We’ll see the West Coast premiere of the newly staged version of Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts’ Holding Space (a Cal Performances co-commission, seen for the first time last season on our Cal Perfor­mances at Home streaming series), as well as the Bay Area premiere of Artistic Director Robert Battle’s new For Four, set to music by Wynton Marsalis. All this and more, including a selection of works by Alvin Ailey himself—classics like Blues Suite (1958), Cry (1971), Pas de Duke (1976), and, of course, Ailey’s timeless masterwork, Revelations (1960).

I also want to say how much we’re looking forward to this summer’s 20th-anniversary edition of the Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp, a centerpiece of Cal Performances’ education and community programs that works to instill self-confidence, discipline, and self-esteem in underserved youngsters through the art of dance. Since 2002, AileyCamp has positively affected the lives of more than 1,000 young people (plus hundreds more in their families and communities). We believe that this extraordinary program—along with our annual residency with the Ailey company—makes a significant contribution to the cultural life of the Bay Area.

Even as Ailey returns to campus, we also want to extend a special welcome to the exceptional young mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton on the occasion of her Cal Performances debut, Sunday afternoon (Apr 3) in Hertz Hall. Barton has captured the music world’s attention with her brilliant singing, but she is also often praised for how uses her powerful voice offstage—advocating for women and LGBTQ+ people and speaking out on topics such as body positivity, diet culture, and social justice issues. Her program features music by Purcell, Schubert, and Brahms, as well as several works (including a West Coast premiere) by Jake Heggie. Once a staff member here at Cal Performances(!), today Jake is perhaps best known for his acclaimed operas including Dead Man Walking and Moby-Dick, praised as “arguably the world’s most popular 21st century opera and art song composer” (The Wall Street Journal). We’re particularly excited that, on this occasion, he’ll be on hand to accompany Barton from the piano!

March and April finds Cal Performances operating at full speed as we approach the April 20 announcement date for our brilliant 2022–23 season. (We just released our beautiful new 42-page season brochure to the printer; I can’t wait to share it with you!) From now through the first week of May, the remainder of our current season is filled with adventurous programming. You won’t want to miss…

  • the renowned English Baroque Soloists with conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner in a transfixing program of works by Mozart and Haydn (Apr 10)
  • Angélique Kidjo, our 2021–22 artist-in-residence, in her new music-theater piece Yemandja (a much-anticipated Cal Performances co-commission and Illuminations event, Apr 23)
  • highly anticipated concerts with superb classical artists including Germany’s Tetzlaff Quartet (Apr 23); pianist Daniil Trifonov (Apr 28), making his Cal Performances solo debut; and the Danish String Quartet (Apr 29)—a particular favorite of our chamber music audience—delivering the next installment in its ongoing Doppelgänger Project, a series of concerts that pairs late Schubert string quartets with newly commissioned works (on this occasion, a new quartet by the fascinating Finnish composer Lotta Wennäkoski).

Fasten your seatbelts; we have all of this—and more—in store before the season ends!

I know you join us in looking forward to what lies ahead, and to coming together—as we do today and have done so often in the past—to encounter the life-changing experiences that only the live performing arts deliver. We can’t wait to share it all with you!

Jeremy Geffen
Executive and Artistic Director, Cal Performances

About the Company

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

When Alvin Ailey and a small group of African-American dancers took the stage on March 30, 1958 at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, the engagement was for one night only, but it turned out to be the start of a new era in the arts. Ailey envisioned a company dedicated to enriching the American modern dance heritage and preserving the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience. He became one of the trailblazers of modern dance, and the work of his company grew to encompass education, community outreach, and cultural diplomacy. To date, the company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents—as well as millions more through television, film, and online. More than 270 works by over 100 choreographers have been part of the Ailey repertory. In 2008, a US Congressional resolution designated the company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world.” Before his untimely death in 1989, Ailey named Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years, she brought the company to unprecedented success. Jamison, in turn, personally selected Robert Battle to succeed her in 2011, and the New York Times declared he “has injected the company with new life.”

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gratefully acknowledges The Joan & Sandy Weill Global Ambassador Fund, which provides vital support for Ailey’s national and international tours.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey, Founder
Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita

Robert Battle, Artistic Director
Matthew Rushing, Associate Artistic Director

COMPANY MEMBERS

Lloyd A. Boyd III
Jeroboam Bozeman
Clifton Brown
Khalia Campbell
Patrick Coker
Carl Ponce Cubero
Sarah Daley-Perdomo
Caroline T. Dartey
Ghrai DeVore-Stokes
Solomon Dumas
Samantha Figgins
James Gilmer
Vernard J. Gilmore
Ashley Kaylynn Green
Jacqueline Green
Jacquelin Harris
Michael Jackson, Jr.
Yazzmeen Laidler
Yannick Lebrun
Renaldo Maurice
Ashley Mayeux
Corrin Rachelle Mitchell
Chalvar Monteiro
Alisha Rena Peek
Belén Indhira Pereyra
Miranda Quinn
Kanji Segawa
Courtney Celeste Spears
Constance Stamatiou
Jermaine Terry
Christopher R. Wilson
Brandon Michael Woolridge

Ronni Favors, Rehearsal Director
Jamar Roberts, Resident Choreographer

Bennett Rink, Executive Director

The Ailey dancers are supported, in part, by The Judith McDonough Kaminski Dancer Endowment Fund.

ALVIN AILEY DANCE FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Daria L. Wallach, Chairman
Anthony S. Kendall, President
Sela Thompson Collins, Jaishri Kapoor, Stephen J. Meringoff, Arthur J. Mirante II, Vice-Chairmen

Joy Allen-Altimare
Eleanor S. Applewhaite
Robert Battle
Paulette Mullings Bradnock
Gunther T. Bright
Laura D. Corb
Robert Kissane
Anthony A. Lewis
Leslie L. Maheras
Lucinda C. Martinez
Muhammad Qubbaj
Lata N. Reddy
Bennett Rink
Danielle M. Robinson, PhD
Cara Sabin
Joan H. Weill
Edna Kane Williams
Gillian Wynn
Jean-Rene Zetrenne
Pamela D. Zilly

Philip Laskawy, Stanley Plesent, Esq*, Joan H. Weill, Chairmen Emeriti
Debra L. Lee, Henry McGee, Presidents Emeriti
Gina F. Adams, Simin N. Allison, Anthony M. Carvette, Kathryn C. Chenault, Guido Goldman*, Bruce S. Gordon, John H. Schaefer, Lemar Swinney, Honorary Trustees
*In Memoriam

ALVIN AILEY DANCE FOUNDATION
Recipient of the National Medal of Arts
Bennett Rink, Executive Director
Pamela Robinson, Chief Financial Officer
Ines Aslan, Chief External Affairs Officer

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
Ronni Favors, Rehearsal Director
Clifton Brown, Assistant Rehearsal Director
Eric D. Wright, General Manager
Isabelle Mezin, Director of Company Business Affairs
Gregory Stuart, Company Manager
Joseph Anthony Gaito, Technical Director
Kristin Colvin Young, Production Stage Manager
Roya Abab, Lighting Director
Jon Taylor, Wardrobe Supervisor
DJ Adderley, Master Carpenter
Marq Gonzalez, Master Electrician
Jason McGuire, Sound Engineer
Ayana Lindsey, Property Master
Lauren Evans, Assistant Company Manager
Lexie Klasing, Assistant Stage Manager
Danté Baylor, Wardrobe Assistant
Katie Chihaby, Wardrobe Assistant
Jorge Lanuza, Flyman/Assistant Carpenter
Henry Wilen, Assistant Electrician
Amadea Edwards, Contracts and Licensing Manager
Chelsea Gillespie, Production and Licensing Coordinator
Michelle Grazio, Administrator of Company Business Affairs
Donald J. Rose, M.D., Director of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, NYU Langone Orthopedics
Sheyi Ojofeitimi, DPT, OCS, CFMT, Director of Therapy Services
Marissa Schaeffer, PT, DPT, CSCS, Senior Physical Therapist
Kala Flagg, Physical Therapist
Dionne Vernon, Physical Therapist

TOURING CONTACT
Opus 3 Artists
Tel: 212-584-7500
opus3artists.com

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Lighting system provided by 4Wall Entertainment
Touring sound system provided by Gibson Entertainment Services
Domestic trucking services provided by Stage Call Corporation

All headshots by Andrew Eccles, except: Alvin Ailey by Jack Mitchell; Lloyd A. Boyd III, Caroline T. Dartey, Ashley Kaylynn Green, Yannick Lebrun, and Ashley Mayeux by Dario Calmese; Carl Ponce Cubero and Corrin Rachelle Mitchell by Kyle Froman; James Gilmer by Michael Jackson, Jr.; Alisha Rena Peek by Myron Fields; Miranda Quinn by Gregory Costanzo; and Bran¬don Michael Woolridge by Nir Arieli.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is a proud member of Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance.

Dancers appear at the courtesy of the American Guild of Musical Artists.

Alvin Ailey crew members belong to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

AILEY TOUR MERCHANDISE
Ailey tour merchandise and AileyShop.com are managed by The Araca Group, AileyShop.com.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
The Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 West 55th Street, NY, NY 10019-4402
Tel: 212-405-9000

AlvinAiley.org
facebook.com/AlvinAileyAmericanDanceTheater
Instagram: @alvinailey

AileyCamp 20th Anniversary

AileyCamp

Berkeley/Oakland

AileyCamp 2022

Celebrating 20 Years at UC Berkeley

Conceived and launched by Alvin Ailey in 1989 and produced locally by Cal Performances, Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp instills discipline, self-esteem, creative expression, and critical thinking skills in youngsters through the art of dance. The same disci­pline and life skills necessary in the arts are also necessary in school, particularly for middle-schoolers who are at risk or struggling with academic, social, or domestic challenges. AileyCamp includes:

  • Six weeks of tuition-free, intensive learning for more than 60 students
  • Daily dance classes, plus meals and transportation
  • Personal development classes offering counseling in goal-setting, nutrition, conflict management, media literacy, positive self-image, leadership development, and more.

This season, Cal Performances celebrates the 20th anniversary of AileyCamp on the UC Berkeley campus. We’re proud to have affected the lives of more than 1,000 young people, plus hundreds more in their families and communities. We believe that this extraordinary program—along with our annual residency with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—makes a significant contribution to the cultural life of the Bay Area.

Help ensure that this year’s AileyCamp is fully funded and remains tuition-free for all participants!

Make a gift today at calperformances.org/aileycamp20

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