THE MUSIC CENTER CELEBRATES ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY

Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center Welcomes the Return of One of America’s Most Popular Dance Companies to Inspire Audiences with Breathtaking Premieres, Returning Favorites, and Ailey Classics, including Revelations

 

The Music Center welcomes one of America’s most popular dance companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, back to Los Angeles with the dance company’s 60thanniversary celebration tour at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from April 3 – 7, 2019. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s remarkable dancers – including Danica Paulos of Huntington Beach and Rehearsal Director and Guest Artist Matthew Rushing of Los Angeles, who has been with the Company for more than 25 years – will perform four different programs of diverse repertory featuring West Coast premieres, new productions and returning classics. Part of the 2018/2019 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, which is curated by The Music Center’s artistic division The Music Center Arts (TMC Arts), the engagement includes four special programs: Trailblazers, featuring the West Coast premiere of Lazarus by Rennie Harris – the company’s first two-act ballet; Bold Visions, featuring West Coast premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Kairos and the Los Angeles premiere of The Call by Ronald K. Brown, alongside Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s Shelter; a Timeless Ailey program with rarely seen gems by one of America’s greatest cultural leaders; and a Musical Inspirations program featuring the Los Angeles premiere of Ailey star Jamar Roberts’ Members Don’t Get Weary, a new production of Robert Battle’s Juba, and his tour-de-force duet Ella.

Each of the four programs will feature Alvin Ailey’s American masterpiece Revelations. Since its creation in 1960, Revelations has been seen by more audiences around the world than any other modern work, inspiring generations through its powerful storytelling and soul-stirring spirituals. Springing from Ailey’s childhood memories of growing up in the South and attending services at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Texas, Revelations pays homage to the rich African-American cultural heritage and explores the emotional spectrum of the human condition.

“Given our commitment to both excellence and relevance, it is an honor for TMC Arts to welcome the return of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to The Music Center for the company’s 60th anniversary celebration,” said Rachel Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center. “It’s no wonder that Angelenos have a strong affinity for Ailey. The company is a national treasure and a vital cultural institution that reveals our shared humanity through the power of dance. Ailey’s legacy transcends cultural boundaries and reminds us of a universal sense of connectedness that will uplift and inspire for many generations to come.”

“Alvin Ailey forever changed the American landscape by raising up the lives and cultural heritage of African Americans for all to see, opening the hearts and minds of people of every background and elevating the world of the performing arts,” said Robert Battle. “During this milestone season, we are thrilled to return to Los Angeles, the city that was home to Mr. Ailey for many years, and where he fell in love with dance and launched his career. We honor Alvin Ailey’s storied legacy with performances across North America, educational programs that enlighten young people and develop the next generation of performing artists. What Mr. Ailey gave us is more than a repertory and a tradition. It is a movement, a direction, a desire, a conviction that if the spirit is to live it must rise. We dedicate our 60th anniversary to the next ascent.”

Audiences will experience Ailey’s first ever two-act work with the West Coast premiere of Rennie Harris’ Lazarus. Inspired by the life and legacy of Alvin Ailey, and addressing the racial inequities America faced in 1958 when the company was founded and which continue to challenge today, Lazarus is an ensemble work featuring a soundtrack that melds Nina Simone, Terrence Trent D’Arby, Michael Kiwanuka, Odetta, original music by Darrin Ross, and the voice of Alvin Ailey. The New York Times said, “… Mr. Harris gives us something like heaven,” and “… the style has a spiritual force that’s uplifting, and the pleasure of it is mixed with a revelation of the past in the present, of black history in the body language.”

Wayne McGregor’s Kairos, the second piece the choreographer set on the company following Chroma in 2013, is performed to a reimagined Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons by experimental composer Max Richter in the Bold Visions program. The Dance Enthusiast described the company’s performance of Kairos as “the dancers of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater stay true to Wayne McGregor’s intellectual brilliance without sacrificing the trademark spirituality of Ailey.” The Music Center opened its current season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center with Company Wayne McGregor/Autobiography and will again present McGregor’s work during its upcoming presentation of Adès & McGregor: A Dance Collaboration this coming July. Richter was at the helm of another Music Center presentation, The Music Center Presents Max Richter’s SLEEP, this past summer in Grand Park.

Ronald K. Brown’s seventh work for Ailey, The Call, will make its Los Angeles premiere at The Music Center and is included in the Bold Visions program. Brown, a 2018 Dance Magazine Award recipient, describes the work, which seamlessly blends modern and West African dance idioms, as “a love letter to Mr. Ailey.” The music includes Johann Sebastian Bach (recorded by Chris Thile, Edgar Meyere & Yo-Yo Ma), Mary Lou Williams Trio, and Asase Yaa. Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s Shelter, a passionate statement about the physical, is also featured on the Bold Visions program.

Honoring Ailey’s 60th anniversary, the company will showcase Timeless Ailey, a program that brings treasures by the company’s iconic founder back to the stage. Excerpts from rarely seen gems, including Blues Suite, Streams, Mary Lou’s Mass, The Lark Ascending, Hidden Rites, Phases, Opus McShann, Pas de Duke, and For “Bird” – With Love, will be joined by perennial favorites such as Memoria, Night Creature, and Cry.

The Musical Inspirations program includes Robert Battle’s first work for the company, Juba (2003), a quartet with a score by frequent collaborator John Mackey; Ailey dancer and 2016 “Bessie” Award recipient Jamar Roberts’ first work for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Members Don’t Get Weary, set to the powerful music of the legendary American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane; and Ella, a high-energy comical dance originally created as a solo and reinvented as a duet in anticipation of the legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial in April 2017.

One hour prior to each performance, The Music Center will host DANCETALKS featuring interviews with Ailey company members.  Ticketed guests can join this fascinating behind-the-scenes pre-performance discussion and also have the opportunity to learn a segment from the famed Ailey masterpiece Revelations.

PROGRAM DETAILS:

Trailblazers

Lazarus (West Coast premiere), Revelations

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Bold Visions

Kairos (Ailey Company West Coast premiere), The Call (West Coast premiere), Shelter, Revelations

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

Timeless Ailey

Excerpts from: Blues Suite, Streams, Mary Lou’s Mass, The Lark Ascending, Hidden Rites, Night Creature, Cry, Phases, Opus McShann, Pas de Duke, For “Bird”–With Love, Love Songs and Memoria, followed by Revelations performed in its entirety.

Friday, April 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Musical Inspirations

Members Don’t Get Weary, Juba(new production), Ella, Revelations

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

Please visit https://www.musiccenter.org/ailey for more information.

Tickets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performances at The Music Center start at $34 and are available online at https://www.musiccenter.org/ailey; at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office, 135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012; or by calling (213) 972-0711. For groups of 10 or more, call (213) 972-8555 or email mcgroupsales@musiccenter.org.

Images available for download at The Music Center Press Gallery.

 

About Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center

Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center 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. Now entering its 16th year, Dance at The Music Center is a powerful commissioning force, supporting new works and artists-in-residence projects by today’s most influential companies and choreographers. Performances take place throughout The Music Center, including the historic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the distinctive Ahmanson Theatre and the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, and in locations around the Los Angeles area.

About The Music Center

The Music Center convenes artists, communities and ideas with the goal of deepening the cultural lives of every resident in Los Angeles County. The non-profit performing arts organization has two divisions: The Music Center Ops, which manages The Music Center’s four theatres, an outdoor plaza and Grand Park on behalf of the County of Los Angeles; and The Music Center Arts, which curates a world-class dance series, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center; produces and presents programming in other arts genres with a focus on engagement; and presents nationally recognized arts education programs. The Music Center is also home to four renowned resident companies – Center Theatre Group, the LA Master Chorale, the LA Opera and the LA Philharmonic. With The Music Center On Location,™ the non-profit performing arts organization brings events and activities to locations outside of its Downtown Los Angeles campus. The Music Center also programs and manages Grand Park, a 12-acre adjacent greenspace, with year-round free programming. For more information, visit musiccenter.org  Follow The Music Center on Facebook, and follow @MusicCenterLA on Instagram and Twitter.

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, recent posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian honor, 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 25 million people in 71 countries on 6 continents – as well as millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings, and online platforms – 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 Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 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.

 

Calendar Listing/Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s60th Anniversary Celebration

Where:

The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

When:

Trailblazers, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Bold Visions, Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Timeless Ailey, Friday, April 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Musical Inspirations, Saturday, April 6, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

Trailblazers, Saturday, April 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Bold Visions, Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

Timeless Ailey, Sunday, April 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

 

Box Office:

The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tickets start at $34.

 

Online:

https://www.musiccenter.org/ailey

 

Phone:

(213) 972-0711

 

For 10 tickets or more, call (213) 972-8555 or email mcgroupsales@musiccenter.org

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