Ailey II October 30, 7pm Callahan Theatre
There are few forms of entertainment now-a-day that truly capture the essence of art. Concert dance is one of these few art forms that works to showcase both physical ability and artistic integrity. Some companies may even take things one step further, and tackle social issues of today’s world.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre is one of these companies. On March 30, 1958, Alvin Ailey and a group of young, black modern dancers performed for the first time as members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) at New York’s 92nd Street YM-YWHA. In that performance, Ailey had begun to pave the way for black concert dancers.
Ailey II, the offshoot of AAADT was founded in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble. The company embodies his pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Ailey– rightfully– believes the performing arts community “plays a crucial social role, using the beauty and humanity of the African-American heritage and other cultures to unite people of all races, ages and backgrounds.”
The company’s Arts Center performance will include Ailey’s signature masterpiece, Revelations. Since its creation in 1960, Revelations has enraptured audiences all over the world with a perfect blend of reverent grace and spiritual elation. The piece pays homage to and reflects the cultural heritage of the African American, what Ailey thought of as one of America’s richest treasures-“sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.”
The evening will also include performances of Gêmeos by Jamar Roberts, In & Out by Jean Emile, and Something Tangible by Ray Mercer.
Dance Magazine calls Ailey II “second to none,” and The New York Times declares, “There’s nothing like an evening spent with Ailey II, the younger version of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.” Ailey II will perform at Nazareth College for one night only, and lucky for Naz students, tickets are completely free! For everyone else, tickets run $35-$50 and can be bought at naz.edu/arts-center.