DANCECleveland & Playhouse Square Present
April 26, 2019, 8:00 pm | April 27, 2019, 8:00 pm | April 28, 2019, 3:00 pm
They're back! The remarkable Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Playhouse square for three phenomenal performances sure to inspire!
"Beautiful, extraordinary and superb" only begin to describe the accolades for the dance artistry of this remarkable company. When the curtain first went up on the Company's debut performance at the 92nd Street Y in 1958, it was evident that Alvin Ailey was a powerful dance maker. Now, 60 years later, the company continues to enthrall audiences around the world with their high energy dancing, stunning movement and kinetic storytelling. Regarded as one of the most significant modern dance companies of today, they've performed for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents – as well as millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings, and online platforms. In 2008, a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the Company as "a vital American cultural ambassador to the world" that celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage.
Before his untimely death in 1989, Mr. Ailey named Judith Jamison as his hand-picked successor and over the next 21 years she led the company to unprecedented success. Ms. Jamison, in turn, personally selected Robert Battle to succeed her in 2011 and with his expansive vision, The New York Times proclaimed that he "has injected the company with new life".
The company's most beloved work, Revelations, will be performed in Cleveland along with a mix of repertoire that will showcase the dancers' breadth of ability, artistry and superb technique. It will be a season closer that is sure to be awe inspiring.
Presented by Playhouse Square in collaboration with DANCECleveland.
Repertoire For Each Performance will Be As Follows:
Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation's mission is to further the pioneering vision of the choreographer, dancer, and cultural leader Alvin Ailey by building an extended cultural community which provides dance performances, training and education, and community programs for all people. This performing arts community plays a crucial social role, using the beauty and humanity of the African-American heritage and other cultures to unite people of all races, ages and backgrounds.
"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."
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