It started with a 1958 performance at the 92nd Street Y community center in Manhattan. There, a 20-something African-American dancer and choreographer named Alvin Ailey staged a performance that would launch a dance company, a cultural movement and a rich legacy in the performing arts. That day, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was born.
- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
- March 20-21, 7:30 p.m., $42-$141
- The Smith Center, 749-2000
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- The Smith Center
Today, 23 years after the death of its founder, AAADT has performed in 71 countries for an estimated 23 million people and been called a “vital American cultural ambassador to the world” by Congress. The 2012 North American tour lands at the Smith Center March 20-21, bringing with it works by new artistic director Robert Battle, who draws on Indian rhythms and Nina Simone vocals; hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris’ “Home,” inspired by people living with HIV; and “Revelations,” a classic Alvin Ailey-choreographed piece that uses spirituals, blues and gospel to explore emotional highs and lows. This is modern dance it its best and most relevant. Enjoy