If you live (and drive) in LA, you may have spotted one of the dozens of street pole banners or bus tail posters promoting Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, who are hitting The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion next week. And whether you have already bought your tickets or are still hemming and haaaing, let me take a moment to break down a bit on Ailey for you.
|Linda Celeste Sims and JamarRoberts of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in AszureBarton's "LIFT.|
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the premiere dance companies in America and though it was founded back in 1958, it still packs a powerful punch in contemporary technique and amazing repertoire! If you've seen them, you know what I'm talking about when I say technique - the whole company is so strong and so fierce. But I think what a lot of Ailey fans may not realize is how this company continues to keep its edge by continually adding the best work from current choreographers to its rep, while maintaining the classics that so many of us just can't get enough of (read: Revelations.)
In their upcoming LA performances (of which their are 6, split into 3 different programs) Ailey will dance an amazing assortment of work from the likes of Ohad Naharin, Matthew Rushing (an LA native) Aszure Barton, Christopher Wheeldon, Ulysses Dove, David Parsons, Hans Van Manen, Hofesh Shechter and Alvin Ailey. Frankly, each program is amazing, and I am toying with the idea of attempting to see all three!
This Ailey is certainly not the company from twenty years ago (when yours truly first saw them) so even for those of you who have seen them a time or two, I wouldn't miss this latest tour. The company carries with it the perfect blend of their established crowd-pleasers with thrilling new work, all of which is on my own must-see list!
Performances start next Wednesday and run through Sunday. And I even have a special promo code to share with you! (Heck yeah - I hook you up!)