Alvin Ailey

By turns muscular and lyrical, 'The River' is a sweeping full-company work that suggests tumbling rapids and meandering streams on a journey to the sea. Ailey’s allegory of birth, life and rebirth abounds with water references, from the spinning “Vortex” solo to the romantic “Lake” duet, and from the powerful “Falls” quartet to the joyful “Giggling Rapids.” The choreography demonstrates Ailey’s admiration for classical ballet, but retains the modern and jazz influences found in all his work. “'The River' shows Mr. Ailey at his inventive best,” declared The New York Times.

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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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