|Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform in ODETTA.|
There’s good news on the dance front in New York City –– Ailey is coming back. I saw Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for the first time last year, and was wowed by the troupe’s athleticism, grace, and ability to captivate a packed house at City Center. (You might remember my interview with Ailey dancer Daniel Harder, which you can read here if you missed it.) If you didn’t make it to the City Center performances, you’ll have a second chance shortly since Ailey is returning next week for another season in New York City, but this time at Lincoln Center.
The modern dance company will strut their stuff at the David H. Koch Theater for two weeks. They’ll perform Matthew Rushing’s ODETTA, a piece that pays tribute to the singer/songwriter, actress, and civil rights activist Odetta Holmes, as well as Hofesh Shechter’s Uprising, which features seven men performing intense, sharp movements to the choreographer’s percussive score.
|Ailey’s men get physical in Uprising.|
Ailey will present other works including the world premiere of Exodus by Rennie Harris, and the company premiere of No Longer Silent by Artistic Director, Robert Battle. The company will also take to the stage in Talley Beatty’s Toccata, and a new production of the Judith Jamison’s “A Case of You” duet from Reminiscin’.
|“A Case of You” from Reminiscin’|
ODETTA and Uprising have received rave reviews from The Chicago Sun Times and The Boston Globe, calling the works some of “the edgiest choreography the Ailey troupe has tackled yet.”
Ailey’s spring season at Lincoln Center will run from June 10-21 for 15 performances only, and tickets start at just $25. Get more info about the dance company and its upcoming shows on the Ailey website. You can purchase tickets in person, at the theater box office, or by phone at 212-496-0600.
For more inspiration, check out this behind-the-scenes video with choreographer and company member Matthew Rushing as he talks about the making of ODETTA.
Photos in this post by Paul Kolnik for Alvin Ailey.
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