Ailey Announces 2014-15 Five-Week Holiday Season with Series of Premieres

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized as a vital “American Cultural Ambassador” to the world and New York City Center’s Principal Dance Company, will return to the New York City Center stage for the 43rd consecutive year from December 3, 2014 – January 4, 2015.  The Company will present 39 performances during an exciting annual season that has become a joyous holiday tradition.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Akua Noni Parker, Sarah Daley and Jacqueline Green. Photo by Andrew Eccles
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Akua Noni Parker, Sarah Daley and Jacqueline Green. Photo by Andrew Eccles

Artistic Director Robert Battle continues the expansion of the Company’s diverse repertory with premieres from a variety of choreographers and performances of over two dozen ballets that give Ailey’s extraordinary dancers many opportunities to inspire audiences.

Odetta Holmes – one of the most influential singers of the 20th century – is rediscovered as renowned Ailey dancer Matthew Rushing marries soul-stirring movement to songs by the artist anointed “the queen of American folk music” by Martin Luther King, Jr.  Rushing’s world premiere for Ailey, created with the support of commissioning funds from New York City Center, will pay tribute to Holmes’s life as a singer, songwriter, actress, activist and “the voice of the Civil Rights Movement,” and her musical repertoire encompassing American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals.

New York City Center’s five-week holiday season will also showcase 2014-2015 season premieres and new productions, including: The Pleasure of the Lesson, the Company’s first collaboration with Robert Moses, known for his sophisticated and sexy choreography; Awassa Astrige/Ostrich, a groundbreaking and influential 1932 solo set to Carl Riley’s score of African drumming and flute by Sierra Leone-born choreographer Asadata Dafora; Polish Pieces by Hans van Manen, a colorful ensemble work where 12 dancers create a brilliant kaleidoscope through endlessly shifting formations that contrasts with two sensual pas de deux; and David Parsons’ gravity-defying Caught, a breathtaking fusion of art and technology demanding split-second timing and athletic stamina.

The December 3rd Opening Night Gala Benefit performance and party launches the season while raising support for Ailey’s extensive educational and training programs for young people. This year’s gala will honor Board Chair Joan Weill for 20 years of incomparable leadership at Ailey.  The memorable opening performance will begin with the exciting Company premiere of Uprising, and Revelations, danced to live music, will provide the inspiring finale.

In addition to performances of Ailey classics, including Alvin Ailey’s signature American masterpiece Revelations and an Ailey/Ellington program, notable ballets from Ailey’s recent seasons will also be presented, including Aszure Barton’s propulsive work LIFT, Wayne McGregor’s spellbinding ballet Chroma, Bill T. Jones’ modern dance classic D-Man in the Waters, two works by celebrated choreographer Ronald K. Brown; the spiritually-charged work  Grace and 2013-2014 world premiere work Four Corners,  and Ohad Naharin’s unique and innovative Minus 16.

The Company with Artistic Director Robert Battle, Associate Artistic Director Masazumi Chaya, and Rehearsal Director and Guest Artist Matthew Rushing. Photo by Andrew Eccles

The Company with Artistic Director Robert Battle, Associate Artistic Director Masazumi Chaya, and Rehearsal Director and Guest Artist Matthew Rushing.

Photo by Andrew Eccles

A detailed performance schedule for the season will be announced prior to September 2nd, when tickets go on sale.  Tickets starting at $25 will be available for purchase at the New York City Center Box Office, through CityTix® at (212) 581-1212 or online at www.alvinailey.org or www.nycitycenter.org.

 

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