Los Angeles – The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre brings a multitude of cultural experiences to the Southland in April. In addition to a six performance engagement at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, April 17-21, Alvin Ailey also presents the free festival “RockaYourSoul: LA’s Celebrations of Gospel, Dance and Ailey” and student residences, master classes and lecture-demonstrations throughout the month.
ROCKAYOURSOUL: April 6
The month of Ailey celebrations in the Southland begins April 6th at Grand Park with “RockaYourSoul: LA’s Celebrations of Gospel, Dance and Ailey” – a free, experience inspired by the rich heritage of the African American community allowing visitors of all ages to engage directly with dance, music and the arts.
The first-of-its-kind festival takes place on the park’s Event Lawn from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ailey fans and novices alike will learn from Ailey artists culminating in participatory public celebration of Ailey’s seminal work, “Revelations.” Additionally other activities such as musical performances by some of Los Angeles’ renown gospel choirs, storytelling, visual arts and singing workshops will also be available. A number of popular food trucks will also be present at the festival.
“Revelations celebrates the timeless and universal themes of determination, hope and transcendence, which makes it an amazing centerpiece for a community festival,” said Ming Ng, director of programming for The Music Center. “Whether you like to dance, sing or create your own art, RockaYourSoul: LA’s Celebration of Gospel, Dance and Ailey will give you the opportunity to express your creativity in ways that rock your soul.”
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER: April 17-21
Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle in his inaugural Music Center engagement, Ailey’s 30 extraordinary dancers, including acclaimed Guest Artist Matthew Rushing from Los Angeles, brings three powerful and memorable programs to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from April 17-21.
“Ailey Spirit” (Wed. April 17 & Sat. evening April 20) Ronald K. Brown’s landmark work Grace, created in 1999, has returned to the repertory in a rapturous, spiritually-charged new production, and Ohad Naharin’s unique and innovative Minus 16, features improvisation and audience participation.
“21st Century Ailey” (Thur. April 18 & Sun. matinee April 21) Another Night, by choreographer Kyle Abraham, innovatively fuses the many dynamic facets of American dance and showcases the artistry and versatility of the Ailey dancers. Artistic Director Robert Battle’s Strange Humors is a thrillingly intense duet, set to John Mackey’s propulsive score for strings and African drum that pits two men against each other. Petite Mort, a ballet of breathtaking sensuality and visual surprises, marks the first time a work by renowned European choreographer Jiří Kylián appears in the Ailey repertory.
“Classic Ailey” (Fri. April 19 & Sat. matinee April 20) features a vibrant anthology of highlights from founder Alvin Ailey’s prolific 30-year career including sections from Memoria, Night Creature, Phases, Opus McShann, Love Songs, For “Bird” – With Love, Hidden Rites and Cry.
All programs culminate with Alvin Ailey’s timeless American masterpiece, Revelations.
In addition, on Friday April 19, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center will host the “Ailey Dance Party” on the 5th floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion immediately following the performance. The party features a live DJ, dancing with the Ailey dancers, food and cocktails.
For more information on all these events visit: www.musiccenter.org.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” grew from a now‐fabled March 1958 performance in New York that changed forever the perception of American dance. Founded by Alvin Ailey, and guided by Judith Jamison beginning in 1989, the Company is now led by Robert Battle, whom Judith Jamison chose to succeed her on July 1, 2011. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 23 million people in 71 countries on 6 continents, promoting the uniqueness of the African‐American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance tradition.