Ailey's 60th Anniversary Holiday Season Continues To Move Audiences At New York City Center

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AILEY'S 60TH ANNIVERSARY HOLIDAY SEASON CONTINUES

TO MOVE AUDIENCES AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER 

Tonight: Premieres Continue with the Company Debut of Wayne McGregor's Kairos  

Week Ahead: Season Continues with Two Weeks of Special Programs, Including Tribute to New York City Center's 75th Birthday and Timeless Ailey, Three Visionaries, and All Ailey

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L-r: AAADT's Belen Pereyra-Alem and Yannick Lebrun in Paul Taylor's Piazzolla Caldera. Photo by Paul Kolnik; AAADT's Jacqueline Green in Alvin Ailey's Cry. Photo by Paul Kolnik; AAADT in Robert Battle's Mass. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

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On Tuesday, December 4th, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continued its historic 60th Anniversary season with the world premiere of Ronald K. Brown's The Call, the renowned choreographer's seventh work for the Company which he describes as “a love letter to Ailey.” The New York Times says, “The Call… is something of a conversation between the choreographers, a beauty of a dance that ripples along while highlighting Ailey's formality, his ebullience and how he came to find his choreographic voice.” There are four more chances to see The Call this season: Dec. 8 mat, 9 eve, 20, and 29 mat.

Tonight, Ailey will be the first American company to perform Wayne McGregor's Kairos when the sinuous, angular ballet has its Company premiere. McGregor's second Company premiere has dual meanings – one being the most opportune time to act, the other weather – and is set to Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, re-imagined by experimental composer Max Richter, and framed by Idris Khan's dramatic set design. Kairos will be performed six more times this season: Dec. 8 eve, 9 mat, 18, 20, and 29 mat + eve.   

Following these world and Company premieres, two weeks of special programs kick off on Tuesday, December 11th with a commemoration of City Center's opening performance in 1943, as part of the theater's 75th Anniversary celebration. The Principal Dance Company of New York City Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has been bringing audiences there to their feet since 1971, when it became this historic theater's first resident modern dance company. The program will include Paul Taylor's Piazzolla Caldera, Twyla Tharp's The Golden Section, and Alvin Ailey's masterpiece, Revelations.

The special programs continue on Wednesday, December 12th with the premiere of Timeless Ailey, a thrilling evening featuring two acts of rarely seen excerpts from works by the Company's founder – including Streams, Pas de Duke, The Lark Ascending, For “Bird” – With Love, and many more. The program culminates with a performance of Ailey's Revelations, and repeats on December 15, 22 (mat and eve), and 30 (mat). The All Ailey program, premiering Thursday, December 13th, will feature a selection of Mr. Ailey's classics in their entirety (repeats Dec 15 eve, 16 mat and eve). On Friday, December 14th, the Three Visionaries program welcomes works by each of the Company's artistic directors – Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, and Robert Battle. Excerpts of two works by Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison return to the stage – Divining (1984), her first choreographic effort and a popular and critical success, and Forgotten Time (1989), a quietly uplifting work in which 12 dancers journey through ancient rituals of love and tribal rites of passage. The program also includes two works by Robert Battle – the ensemble work Mass and the thrilling duet Ella – as well as Alvin Ailey's tour-de-force solo Cry and Revelations (repeats Dec 23 mat, 26 mat).

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

CITY CENTER'S 75TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION – DECEMBER 11

The Principal Dance Company of New York City Center, Ailey celebrates the historic theater's 75th Birthday with a one-night-only program featuring Paul Taylor's Piazzolla Caldera, Twyla Tharp's The Golden Section, and Alvin Ailey's Revelations.

“TIMELESS AILEY” – DECEMBER 12 & DECEMBER 15 MAT

This special program brings over a dozen treasures from Mr. Ailey's wonderfully rich body of work back to the stage, including highlights of seldom-seen gems Choral Dances, Mary Lou's Mass, and The Lark Ascending as well as perennial favorites like Memoria, Night Creature, and Cry. Act I excerpts include: Blues Suite (1958), Streams (1970), Pas de Duke (1976), Mary Lou's Mass (1971), The Lark Ascending (1972), Hidden Rites (1973), Night Creature (1974), and Cry (1971). Act II excerpts include: Phases (1980), Opus McShann (1988), For Bird – With Love (1984), Love Songs (1984), and Memoria (1979). The performance culminates with Ailey's masterpiece Revelations.

Timeless Ailey program repeats: Dec. 22 mat + eve, 30 mat

“ALL AILEY” – DECEMBER 13, DECEMBER 15 EVE, AND DECEMBER 16 MAT + EVE

These programs include a diverse collection of Ailey masterpieces performed in their entirety, including Cry, Love Songs, Masakela Langage, Memoria, Night Creature, and Revelations.

“THREE VISIONARIES” – DECEMBER 14

Celebrating Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's three trailblazers, the special program features Artistic Director Robert Battle's Mass and Ella, newly produced excerpts of Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison's Divining and Forgotten Time, and Alvin Ailey's Cry and Revelations.

Three Visionaries program repeats: Dec. 23 mat, 26 mat

FAMILY MATINEE SERIES – DECEMBER 15 MAT

On Saturday afternoons, bring the whole family to enjoy the performance and stay afterwards for a free Q&A with the acclaimed Ailey dancers in the theater.

Upcoming Family Matinee Series performances: Dec. 22 and 29

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world's most popular dance companies, returns to the New York City Center stage November 28 – December 30, 2018 for a momentous 60th Anniversary season. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey's extraordinary dancers will move audiences with premieres, new productions, repertory favorites and classics like the American masterpiece Revelations, acclaimed as a must-see for all. Tickets starting at $29 can be purchased at the New York City Center Box Office, through CityTix at (212) 581-1212 or online at www.alvinailey.org or www.nycitycenter.org. Discount tickets are available for Ailey Super Fans who purchase tickets for more than one performance, for students with an appropriate ID, and for groups of 10 or more (discounts do not apply to $29 tickets). The Saturday Family Matinee series includes a post-performance Q&A with the Ailey dancers and an increased availability of $29 tickets, but buy early for the best seat selection. For group sales, call 212-405-9082 or e-mail groupsales@alvinailey.org. For further information, visit www.alvinailey.org.

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