Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Presented by Playhouse Square in partnership with DANCECleveland, the powerfully emotional and energy filled dance of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is back in Cleveland! Founded two years after DANCECleveland, visionary choreographer Alvin Ailey sought to bring African American cultural expression and the American modern dance tradition to the world. From a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was born. That performance nearly fifty years ago changed the perception of American dance. The company has performed and gained the adoring love of dance audiences in over 48 states and 71 countries on six continents. Under the artistic leadership of Robert Battle, the company has expanded their repertoire with works by Ronald K. Brown, David Parsons, Rennie Harris, Bill T. Jones and many others. Dance just doesn't get better than this.
"By the end of the night, the overwhelming feeling in the theater was one of gratitude-for the dancers, for the faithful audience and for Mr. Ailey's gift to New York City." –Katherine Bergstrom, The Dance Enthusiast