Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Programme A

6, 8 11, 14 & 17 Sep

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R


The legendary Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater make their highly anticipated return with three exhilarating programmes of dance. Celebrating nearly 60 years of unparalleled artistry, Ailey's trademark technical brilliance and passionate energy bring audiences everywhere to their feet every night.

 "Sheer joy. Wherever they go they raise the roof"

In Exodus, the first piece of the evening, acclaimed hip hop choreographer Rennie (Lorenzo) Harris creates a highly-anticipated UK premiere that explores the idea of "exodus" as a necessary step toward enlightenment. Set to gospel and house music along with poetic narration, the work underscores the crucial role of action and movement in effecting change.

Following this, in Ronald K. Brown's Four Corners, 11 dancers depict spiritual seekers amid four angels standing on the corners of the earth, holding the four winds.

Audiences are then treated to Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain Pas de Deux. The dreamlike male-female duet has been widely praised for its sublime simplicity and intricate partnering, and it is revealed in a fresh light as the Ailey dancers make it their own.

Concluding the evening is Ailey's legendary Revelations - the most seen modern dance work in the world. More than just a popular dance work, it has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans.

Part of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Mixed Bill, 6 - 17 September

Presented by Dance Consortium

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s International Tour Sponsor: Bank of America Merrill Lynch


“The Ailey company is that rare thing: a dance legend that’s even better than you remember it”

The Independent

Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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