Quiz 1: How old was Alvin Ailey when he created his masterpiece Revelations?
Ailey created the first version of Revelations when he was only 29 years old, inspired by his childhood memories.
Quiz 2: Alvin Ailey was a lead dancer in the Broadway musical “Jamaica”
When Ailey found out that his idol, choreographer Jack Cole, was working on a new musical, he specifically created a duet with partner Cristyne Lawson for the audition. Both landed the lead dance roles.
Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform 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. In 2008, a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the Company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world,” one that celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage. Today, the Company continues Ailey's mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. In all, more than 235 works by over 90 choreographers are part of the Ailey company’s repertory.
The Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater first appeared at The Music Center in 1998, fulfilling a long time dream of Mr. Ailey and Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita, and is one of the most popular dance companies to regularly perform in this series, having previously been presented four times.
Thursday, April 16 performance bill "Soul of Ailey":
ODETTA West Coast Premiere (choreography: Matthew Rushing, music: Odetta)
BAD BLOOD (choreography: Ulysses S. Dove, music: Laurie Anderson "Gravity's Angel" and "Walking and Falling" and Peter Gabriel "Excellent Birds")
REVELATIONS (choreography: Alvin Ailey music: various)
Click here for more information on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Music Center.
Event location: The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles CA.
Tickets are valid for Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:30 pm.
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