Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the New York City Center from November 30th – December 31st, 2016.
The season will launch on November 30th with an Opening Night Gala Benefit performance at City Center and party at the New York Hilton Midtown. An Evening of Ailey and Jazz will feature Robert Battle’s Ella – a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald preceding the 100th anniversary of her birth – along with a variety of one-night-only performances set to jazz music and the uplifting finale of Revelations with live musicians and singers.
The season will feature three world premieres:
Untitled America by Kyle Abraham — a three-part suite that shines a light on the impact of the prison system on African-American families.
r-Evolution, Dream. by Hope Boykin’s — a large ensemble work inspired by the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It melds creative storytelling, new music, and historic writings narrated by Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton).
Deep by Mauro Bigonzetti — a soulful melding of European, American and African cultures.
In addition, the company will premiere Johan Inger’s Walking Mad, set to Maurice Ravel’s Bolero with additional music by minimalist master Arvo Pärt.
Returning to the Ailey stage are also new productions of Billy Wilson’s The Winter in Lisbon, Alvin Ailey’s Masekela Langage, and other favorites.
Top photo: Kyle Abraham’s Untitled America: Second Movement (by Paul Kolnik)