Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey’s searing portrait of oppression draws parallels between the era of South African apartheid and the race-induced violence in Chicago during the 1960s.

As trumpeter and composer Hugh Masekela’s driving music propels the dancers through a string of theatrical tableaus, the commanding choreography speaks of passivity, militancy, despair and defiance anywhere, at any time.

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Alvin Ailey

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” has performed for over 23 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on 6 continents, celebrating the African-American


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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” has performed for over 23 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on 6 continents, celebrating the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition.

The Ailey Organization also includes:
-Ailey II, a second performing company of young dancers and emerging choreographers
-The Ailey School, one of the world's most extensive dance training programs
-Ailey Arts in Education & Community Programs, which bring dance into classrooms and communities
-The Ailey Extension, offering dance and fitness classes to the public

Ailey’s home in New York City is The Joan Weill Center for Dance.

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