Globally Acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Is Non-Stop Extraordinary Entertainment

The highly acclaimed New York-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s most popular global modern dance companies, returns to South Africa this September after 17 years, with 13 performances in Johannesburg at the Teatro at Montecasino and seven shows in Cape Town at Artscape.
The artistry, power and passion of the company’s 32 extraordinary dancers in performances of works by a spectrum of renowned choreographers impacts audiences around the world emotionally and physically, bringing them to their feet in cheering standing ovations. Alvin Ailey’s signature masterpiece, Revelations is acclaimed as a must-see for all and will be the program’s rousing, hand-clapping finale. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is described as life – changing, and that is no hyperbole or exaggeration: the company is quite simply one of the most extraordinary and uplifting theatrical events to ever visit South Africa.
Recognised by US Congressional Resolution as a vital American ‘Cultural Ambassador to the World,’ the Ailey company is hosting extensive educational activities in local schools, communities and townships, similar to Ailey’s historic 1997 inaugural visit. Covered by Time, the magazine proclaimed, ‘The Ailey company’s tour leaves South Africa dancing in the aisles.’ The 2015 residency in South Africa is made possible by lead sponsor Bloomberg Philanthropies with major support from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the Ford Foundation, as well as assistance from travel and freight partners South African Airways and South African Airways Cargo.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 25 million people in 71 countries on six continents, inspiring all in a universal celebration of the human spirit using the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition. The incredible athleticism, technique and spirit of the dancers, performing a diverse and dynamic repertory of classics and premieres to a variety of music, is like nothing else presented in this country.
‘Alvin Ailey was posthumously awarded the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian honour. Twenty-five years after his passing, the power of his enduring legacy continues to extend from New York to far-reaching international tours and memorable visits to communities around the globe,’ stated Robert Battle, Artistic Director since 2011, who will visit South Africa for the first time in September. ‘Mr. Ailey said it so well; “Dance came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people.” I’m proud to lead the Company back to South Africa for the first time this century and excited for audiences there to experience uplifting performances by the world’s most amazing dancers.’
Repertory for the season is highlighted by Exodus, a world premiere from bold hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris. In addition to Alvin Ailey’s must-see American classic Revelations, other works to be performed include repertory favourites Night Creature, Alvin Ailey’s homage to the musical genius of eminent American jazz composer Duke Ellington, and Battle’s own high-flying and humorous solo, Takademe.
Critics the world-over rave about the performance, presentation and uniqueness of this dance phenomenon. ‘Unbelievable. Go see Alvin Ailey. It’s change-your-life good,’ says The Today Show while The Miami Herald claims, ‘For most of its 50-plus years, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has had a distinctive profile – theatrical, energetic, heartfelt with powerhouse dancers – that has helped make it the most successful and widely seen modern dance company in the world.’
Don’t miss the opportunity to see Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in SA!
3 to 13 September: Teatro at Montecasino, Johannesburg
16 to 20 September: Opera House, Artscape, Cape Town
Tickets sales open at Computicket, #AlvinAileySA

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