Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater

The spirit of Ailey infuses Los Angeles with dancing throughout April

on stage at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion April 17-21,

by the public in Grand Park on April 6,

and in classrooms all over Los Angeles with master classes and residencies 

Inaugural Los Angeles season led by Artistic Director Robert Battle
Premieres and highlights


  • Another Night by rising young choreographer Kyle Abraham fuses the many facets of American dance
  • Breathtaking Petite Mort is first work by renowned choreographer Jiří Kylián in Ailey Repertory
  • Ohad Naharin’s inventive Minus 16 breaks down barriers between audience and performer 
  • Robert Battle’s thrillingly Intense duet Strange Humors
  • New production of Ronald K. Brown’s Grace
  • Classic Ailey program features highlights of historic and treasured Ailey Ballets
  • Revelations (1960) choreographed by Alvin Ailey presented at all performances 

Ailey activities and residencies 

  • One-day Ailey celebration – RockaYourSoul: LA’s Celebration of Gospel, Dance and Ailey -- in Grand Park on Saturday, April 6 to feature free performances and workshops; thousands expected for largest group ever to learn and share excerpts of  Revelations
  • Revelations Student Residencies April 8 to 12 and Master Classes and Lecture-Demonstrations by Ailey II from April 29 to May 3 

February 28, 2013 - Following record-breaking performances in New York City that brought full houses to their feet, Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater returns to Los Angeles April 17-21 with a six performance engagement at The Music Center and activities throughout the city including a free-to-the-public, all day celebration in Grand Park on Saturday, April 6 culminating with the largest ever participatory recreation of Revelations excerpts. 

The April 6 celebration – RockaYourSoul: LA’s Celebration of Gospel, Dance and Ailey – in Grand Park includes gospel performances from local Los Angeles choirs, and workshops in everything from the Ailey classics to the construction of a community quilt.   

The company will also hold Revelations student residencies and master classes in schools across the city, sponsored by the Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation.

Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle in his inaugural Music Center engagement, Ailey’s 30 extraordinary dancers, including acclaimed Guest Artist Matthew Rushing from Los Angeles, will bring three powerful and memorable programs to the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from April 17-21.

AILEY SPIRIT (Wed April 17, Sat Eve April 20) Ronald K. Brown’s landmark work Grace, created Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater in 1999, has returned to the repertory in a rapturous, spiritually-charged new production, and Ohad Naharin’s unique and innovative Minus 16, features improvisation and audience participation.

21st CENTURY AILEY (Thur April 18, Sun Mat April 21) Another Night, by rising young choreographer Kyle Abraham, innovatively fuses the many dynamic facets of American dance and showcases the artistry and versatility of the Ailey dancers.  Artistic Director Robert BattleStrange Humors is a thrillingly intense duet, set to John Mackey’s propulsive score for strings and African drum that pits two men against each other.  Petite Mort, a ballet of breathtaking sensuality and visual surprises, marks the first time a work by renowned European choreographer Jiří Kylián appears in the Ailey repertory.

CLASSIC AILEY (Fri April 19, Sat Mat April 20) features a vibrant anthology of highlights from founder Alvin Ailey’s prolific 30-year career including sections from Memoria, Night Creature, Phases, Opus McShann, Love Songs, For “Bird” – With Love, Hidden Rites and Cry. 

All programs culminate with Alvin Ailey’s timeless American masterpiece, Revelations.

In addition, on Friday April 19, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center will host the AILEY DANCE PARTY on the 5th floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion immediately following the performance. The party will feature a live DJ, dancing with the Ailey dancers, food and cocktails.  Party tickets are $100 per person, and $75 of each ticket goes to support programs at The Music Center, including arts education and no-to-low-cost community programs.

The Ailey Organization, continuing its mission of using dance to educate, inspire and entertain by reaching young people, will brings its acclaimed Revelations: An Interdisciplinary Approach curriculum program, as well as Master Classes and Lecture-Demonstrations, to Los Angeles area schools.  Utilizing Alvin Ailey's signature work, Revelations, the educational program is an inspirational framework for a comprehensive study of language arts, social studies, and dance.   Thanks to the support of Glorya Kaufman, the programs will reach students in Los Angeles area schools.

The Revelations choreography will also take center stage in an outdoor venue as The Music Center presents RockaYourSoul: LA’s Celebration of Gospel, Dance and Ailey on Saturday, April 6, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles.  This free first-of-its-kind festival celebrates Los Angeles’ love for Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater and Revelations, in particular.  Ailey fans and novices alike will join hundreds of others in instruction from Ailey teaching artists and enjoy a variety of other activities and performances, including gospel choirs, quilt-making, visual arts workshops, singing workshops and more.  The event culminates with the largest participatory recreation of excerpts from Ailey’s seminal work Revelations ever – performed together by Grand Park guests on the park’s Event Lawn.

Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater first appeared at the Music Center in 1998 and is one of the most popular dance companies to regularly perform in this series, having previously been presented 4 times.

“Given Alvin Ailey’s history with Los Angeles, the city where he grew up and began his journey in dance, it is only fitting that Ailey will be inspiring so many during the Company’s return,” stated Artistic Director Robert Battle.   “ I’m thrilled to showcase the depth and breadth of the dancers’ artistry  at the Music Center, with a diverse repertory featuring new treasures by  talented contemporary choreographers and a program that highlights the genius of our legendary founder.” 

Renae Williams Niles, Director of Programming for The Music Center, said, “Every time the Ailey company returns its a joyous homecoming as it was right here in Los Angeles that Ailey spent his formative years as a dance student, dancer and budding choreographer.  This year we will highlight the significance and universal allure of Ailey’s Revelations through the all-day extravaganza on April 6 as well as with educational activities in classrooms all over the county and a student performance for over 3,000 middle and high school students.  An absolute treat for audiences will be The Music Center debut of one of my favorite contemporary works, Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin as well as the beloved Petite Mort by contemporary dance legend Jiří Kylián.”

Tickets for Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater are priced from $28-$110 and are available at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office, 135 North Grand Avenue.  Tickets are also available by calling (213) 972-0711 and online.  For groups of 10 or more, call (213) 972-8555 or email MCgroupsales@musiccenter.org

About the repertoire

Grace (1999)

Choreographed by Ronald K. Brown   Music: Duke Ellington, Roy Davis Jr., Paul Johnson & Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Ronald K. Brown’s landmark Grace, created for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1999, returns to the repertory in a rapturous, spiritually-charged new production. Infused with Brown’s signature blend of modern dance and West African idioms, this moving journey acknowledging the grace that surrounds us all is set to Duke Ellington's classic "Come Sunday," Roy Davis' hit "Gabriel," and the powerful rhythms of Fela Kuti's Afro-Pop. Born in Brooklyn, Brown has created and presented dances since 1985 with his company Evidence and has received the Bessie Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Dance Festival Humphrey/Weidman/Limon Award, among others. Most recently he received accolades for his Astaire award-winning choreography for the Broadway revival of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

Robert Battle comments: “Brown’s choreography uses African dance in a unique and potent way. Grace is a brilliant work, and an important part of the Ailey repertory. From the beautiful opening solo set to Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday,” there are elements that represent both the religious and secular. The strong tension between these two opposites, and how they sometimes reflect one another, remains gripping right to the very end when the dancers exit upstage in white.”

Minus 16 (1999)

Choreographed by Ohad Naharin    Music: Various Artists

A delightfully eclectic score ranging from Dean Martin to mambo, techno to traditional Israeli music propels Ohad Naharin’s phenomenally inventive piece. Breaking down the barrier between audience and performer, this work, unlike any other in the Ailey repertory, challenges the dancers to improvise and invites the audience members to experience joining the dancers onstage. Robert Battle comments: “With Minus 16 we are expanding the Ailey repertory with a work unlike any other we have done. It has an edge and offers surprising new experiences for the company and our audience. It will be both a great joy and a challenge for the dancers to improvise, break the fourth wall and invite the audience in.”

Another Night (2012)

Choreographed by Kyle Abraham     Music: Dizzy Gillespie

The world premiere of Another Night by in-demand young choreographer Kyle Abraham innovatively fuses the many dynamic facets of American dance and showcases the artistry and versatility of the Ailey dancers. Set to Art Blakey & The Jazz Messenger’s rendition of one of Dizzy Gillespie’s seminal compositions, A Night in Tunisia, the new work for ten dancers was created with the support of commissioning funds from New York City Center and the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, in celebration of the Center’s 50th Anniversary. Over the past few years, Abraham has received numerous accolades and awards for his dancing and choreography including a Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show; a Princess Grace Award for Choreography; recognition as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, a $280,000 New York Live Arts fellowship, and a $50,000 United States Artists Fellows prize. A recipient of a BFA from SUNY Purchase and a MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, he currently teaches his unique approach to post-modern dance throughout the United States, in addition to performing, choreographing and leading his own company, Abraham.In.Motion. Robert Battle comments: “Kyle Abraham is someone I’ve known and watched for quite some time. His work is provocative, with a diverse dance vocabulary that embodies a variety of traditions and styles. It is the right time for him to create a new work on the dancers of Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater and I’m proud to be able to provide this platform for him.”

Strange Humors (1998)

Choreographed by Robert Battle     Music: John Mackey

Artistic Director Robert Battle’s Strange Humors is a thrillingly intense duet set to a propulsive score for strings and African drum by composer John Mackey, a fellow Juilliard classmate of Mr. Battle. This riveting company premiere pits two men against each other in surprising sequences that ignite with aggression and discord, mischievousness and humor, as the relationship between the two dancers builds to an exciting crescendo. Robert Battle comments: Strange Humors is a physically challenging duet containing influences of tango, Martha Graham and hints of hip hop and martial arts, with unexpected leaps and falls, that break the viewer’s false sense of security. The title of this work was inspired by the writings of Maya Angelou – ‘When I think of death, and of late the idea has come with alarming frequency, I seem at peace with the idea that a day will dawn when I will no longer be among those living in this valley of strange humors.’”

Petite Mort (1991)

Choreographed by Jiří Kylián   Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The company premiere of Petite Mort, a ballet of visual surprises that showcases the sensuality, humor and technical prowess of Ailey’s dancers, marking the first time a work by renowned European choreographer Jiří Kylián will appear in the Ailey repertory. Set to two of Mozart’s most popular piano concertos (Piano Concerto in A Major – Adagio, and Piano Concerto in C Major – Andante), it blends a classical sensibility with a bold, modern wit in an unforgettable duel featuring six couples. Born in Czechoslovakia in 1947, Kylián was a long-time Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater who became recognized as one of the most influential choreographers of the past three decades, receiving many international awards and honors. Robert Battle comments: “Jiří Kylián is one of the top international choreographers and Petite Mort, one of his best works, will be his first piece set on the Company. I was introduced to him when I was a student at Juilliard. I find Kylian’s partnering and his movement vocabulary reflective of some of the modern dance pioneers. This exquisite work will stretch the dancers and the way people see Ailey.”

Ailey Classics (1971-1988)

Choreographed by Alvin Ailey   Music: Various Artists

A new production will be staged of Ailey Classics, a vibrant anthology of highlights from founder Alvin Ailey’s prolific 30-year career — including audience favorites and classics such as Memoria, Night Creature, Phases, Opus McShann, Love Songs, For ‘Bird’ - With Love, Hidden Rites, and Cry — culminating with the beloved classic Revelations, performed in its entirety.  Robert Battle comments: “I remember being that 12-year-old boy from Miami who was bused from my school to see Alvin Ailey’s Revelations for the first time and now I have the opportunity to present an evening dedicated to his work, so that others can have that transformative experience while we celebrate his genius and generosity. Mr. Ailey said it so well: ‘Dance comes from the people and should always be delivered back to the people.’ He wanted people to be in awe of what these dancers are able to do, along with the variety of great musicians who also inspired him, but he wanted audiences to see reflections of themselves on stage.”

Revelations (1960)

Choreographed by Alvin Ailey   Music: Traditional Spirituals

An American classic acclaimed as a must‐see for all, Alvin Ailey’s signature masterpiece is a tribute to his heritage and genius.  Using African-American religious music--spirituals--this suite fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center supports Ailey Arts In Education programs in Los Angeles.

American Express is the official card of Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater and the lead funder of From Before.

Toyota Avalon is the Official Vehicle Partner of Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater.

The 2013 U.S. Tour is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

The creation of Another Night is supported by commissioning funds from New York City Center and by The Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, in celebration of the Center’s 50th Anniversary

 

About Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” grew from a now‐fabled March 1958 performance in New York that changed forever the perception of American dance. Founded by Alvin Ailey, and guided by Judith Jamison beginning in 1989, the Company is now led by Robert Battle, whom Judith Jamison chose to succeed her on July 1, 2011. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 23 million people in 71 countries on 6 continents, promoting the uniqueness of the African‐American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance tradition. In addition to being the Principal Dance Company of New York City Center, where its performances have become a year‐end tradition, the Ailey company performs annually at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami‐Dade County in Miami, The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark  where it is the Principal Resident Affiliate), and appears frequently in other major theaters throughout the United States and the world during extensive yearly tours. The Ailey organization also includes Ailey II (1974), a second performing company of emerging young dancers and innovative choreographers; The Ailey School (1969), one of the most extensive dance training programs in the world; Ailey Arts in Education & Community Programs, which brings dance into the classrooms, communities and lives of people of all ages; and The Ailey Extension (2005), a program offering dance and fitness classes to the general public, which began with the opening of Ailey’s permanent home—the largest building dedicated to dance in New York City, the dance capital of the world —named The Joan Weill Center for Dance, at 55th Street at 9th Avenue in New York City.  For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.

 

About Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center

Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center (KDMC) is one of the leading presenters of dance on the West Coast.  The celebrated series offers significant works by prestigious ballet and contemporary dance artists from around the world.  Entering its second decade, KDMC continues to be a powerful commissioning force through the support of new works and artists-in-residence projects by today’s most influential companies and choreographers.  Performances take place throughout The Music Center, from the historic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, providing the ideal setting for distinct and inspiring dance experiences.


About The Music Center

A leader at the cultural heart of Los Angeles County, The Music Center brings to life one of the world’s premier arts destinations by creating opportunities for arts participation, enabling compelling programming and providing first-class venues and services. The Music Center is one of the largest and most highly regarded performing arts centers in the country, creating a cultural hub that is central to L.A.’s status as “the creative capital” of the world. Celebrated for its illustrious dance programming Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and home to four world-class resident companies– LA Phil, Center Theatre Group, LA Opera and Los Angeles Master Chorale – The Music Center is the place to experience the most innovative and critically-acclaimed performing arts in the nation. In its effort to extend the reach and accessibility of the performing arts, the Music Center is a national model for experiences in which people participate directly through its Active Arts® at The Music Center. As well, The Music Center presents special productions, events and festivals for children and families, including World City at The Music Center. Each year, over one-million audience members delight in the excitement of live performances on The Music Center’s stages and enjoy free community arts events all year long across its outdoor campus. The Music Center is also on the forefront of arts education in Los Angeles, providing arts resources to students and teachers in schools and community centers throughout the region. Approximately 500 full-time, seasonal and part-time staff members are employees of The Center and contribute to its operation and success. The Music Center was developed as an unprecedented public-private partnership with Los Angeles County. Through the support of the Board of Supervisors, the County of Los Angeles plays an invaluable role in the successful operation of The Music Center. This relationship has cemented the importance of the arts to the cultural fabric of Los Angeles. 

Calendar Listing for Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater 

Venue:                   The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles 90012

Dates:                    Wednesday, April 17 through Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ailey Spirit

Grace choreography by Ronald K. Brown

Minus 16 choreography by Ohad Naharin

Revelations choreography by Alvin Ailey

Wednesday, April 17 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 20 7:30 p.m.

21st Century Ailey

Another Night choreography by Kyle Abraham

Petite Mort choreography by Jiří Kylián

Strange Humors choreography by Robert Battle

Revelations choreography by Alvin Ailey

Thursday, April 18 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 21 2:00 p.m.

Classic Ailey

Anthology of highlights from founder Alvin Ailey’s prolific 30-year career — including Memoria, Night Creature, Phases, Opus McShann, Love Songs, For ‘Bird’ - With Love, Hidden Rites, and Cry choreography by Alvin Ailey

Revelations choreography by Alvin Ailey

Friday, April 19 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 20 2:00 p.m.                  

Prices:                    $28 - $110

Tickets:                  Box Office – The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office

                                135 N Grand Ave. at Temple St., Los Angeles, CA USA 90012

Online -- www.musiccenter.org

Phone – The Music Center Dance Information Line
(213) 972-0711

Groups -- 10 or more call (213) 972-8555 or email MCgroupsales@musiccenter.org