Friday, May 29, 2009

Culture: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater @ BAM

A must see of summer performances. You will see why Alvin Ailey is one of the best. If you live in NYC this is a great time to venture out of Manhattan and see this absolutely unforgettable ballet show.

What: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Following its triumphant return to BAM last spring, Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater comes back to Brooklyn with two new programs that celebrate the artistry, grace, and vitality that have distinguished the Ailey company for 50 years.

The "Best Of" program showcases selections from the Company's diverse repertory, including a new production of Judith Jamison’s award-winning tribute to Ailey entitled Hymn. In episodes ranging from quiet solos to explosive full company dances, Hymn reveals Ailey’s genius and humanity through narrative recollections from past and present dancers in text conceived, written and narrated by actor/playwright Anna Deavere Smith.

"Classic Ailey" features excerpts from many of Alvin Ailey's most popular and beloved ballets. Spanning every decade of his impressive career, this retrospective illustrates the range and resonance of one man’s legacy with rarely-seen gems and favorite works, including his quintessential masterpiece, Revelations, in its entirety.

June 9-14

Program A: Best Of
Jun 9 & 11 at 7:30pm
Jun 13 at 2 & 7:30pm

Suite Otis – George Faison
Hymn – Judith Jamison
Revelations – Alvin Ailey

Program B: Classic Ailey
Jun 10 & 12 at 7:30pm
Jun 14 at 3 & 7:30pm

Blues Suite with live music – Alvin Ailey
Anniversary Highlights – Alvin Ailey
Revelations – Alvin Ailey

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Jun 9 & 10: $20-$70
Jun 11—14: $25-$85

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