Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Programme C

10, 13 & 16 Sep

Archived Show
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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"

Aszure Barton's exhilarating new work LIFT celebrates and challenges the dancers with its markedly intricate rhythmic patterns and mercurial structure. Driven by the dancers' passion, skill and collective power, the work was created over a developmental process with the entire Company.

Following this is Awakening. Choreographer Robert Battle uses his taut, ritualistic style to powerful effect in a dance that expertly balances chaos and resolution, dissonance and harmony. His first new work since becoming artistic director in 2011, the piece is set to a symphonic score by frequent collaborator John Mackey.

Next, audiences will experience Cry: Alvin Ailey's signature solo. Originally choreographed as a birthday present for his mother, Ailey then created the dance for his muse, Judith Jamison.

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”

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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