Celebrate Love and Black History with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

ATLANTA…. Just in time for Valentine’s Day and as always during Black History Month the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater is back in town at our Fabulous Fox Theatre, February 14-18.  Six breathtaking performances will showcase the brilliance of Ailey’s 32 dancers, shine a spotlight on social issues with timely and topical works, and pay homage to love and legacy through two special programs: “A Night to Love” on a Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, featuring a one-night-only program of duets celebrating love; and “MLK50: Celebrating the Legacy” on Friday, February 16, honoring the life and works of Atlanta’s greatest peacemaker, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as the 50th anniversary of his death approaches in April.   Alvin Ailey has been coming to Atlanta for over 4 decades and the love for them continues to grow.  If you have attended before which if you have, I know you already plan to attend again. If Alvin Ailey Dance Theater is new to you hopefully you can attend one of these amazing performances with your friends and family.

Stack-Up
Choreography: Talley Beatty
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik

Atlanta audiences will enjoy a wide range of choreographic masterpieces that give Ailey’s extraordinary dancers even more ways to inspire, including:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 AT 8 P.M. – “A NIGHT TO LOVE” PROGRAM

  • Stack-Up, Talley Beatty’s dynamic work set to 1970s beats, depicting the emotional “traffic” in a community that is stacked on top of each other – returning to the repertory in celebration of Beatty’s centennial.
  • The Winter in Lisbon (excerpt), a duet from Billy Wilson’s lively tribute to jazz musician legend Dizzy Gillespie.
  • Ella, Robert Battle’s tour-de-force duet celebrating the centennial of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth, set to her virtuosic scatting.
  • Shining Star (excerpt), a duet from David Parsons’ ballet that celebrates a deep and lasting love, set to music by Earth, Wind & Fire, and performed by Ailey stars and real-life love-birds Linda Celeste and Glenn Allen Sims.
  • RevelationsAlvin Ailey’s signature must-see American masterpiece.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 AT 8 P.M. –  OPENING NIGHT

  • Episodes, Ulysses Dove’s starkly passionate interpretation of the power struggles involved in human relationships.
  • The Golden Section, Twyla Tharp’s work shattering the limits of human physicality with breathtaking leaps, finely-honed partnering and explosive joy set to a propulsive score by David Byrne.
  • Cry, Alvin Ailey’s signature female solo, made famous by Judith Jamison and dedicated to “all black women everywhere – especially our mothers.”
  • RevelationsAlvin Ailey’s signature must-see American masterpiece.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 AT 8 P.M. – “MLK 50: CELEBRATING THE LEGACY” PROGRAM

  • r-Evolution, Dream.Hope Boykin’s ensemble work inspired by the sermons and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. she encountered at Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, set to original music by Ali Jackson.
  • Shelter, Urban Bush Women founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s gripping portrait of homelessness – returning 25 years after it was originally staged on Ailey. Set to an inventive score of drumming and poetry, the ending features revised text highlighting recent hurricanes and how our shelter can be threatened by climate change.
  • The Hunt, Robert Battle’s powerful and thrilling work for six men.

RevelationsAlvin Ailey’s signature must-see American masterpiece.

Tickets starting at $25 are on sale now at the The Fox Theatre box office, 660 Peachtree Street NE, www.alvinailey.org, www.foxatltix.com or by calling 855-285-8499. Discount tickets are available for students with an appropriate ID for the Wednesday, February 14 and Thursday, February 15 performances and for groups of 10 or more (discounts do not apply to $25 tickets). For group sales, call 404-881-2000. Tickets at a 20 percent discount are also available for “A Night to Love” using code Aileylove (limit 8 tickets, only valid for tickets priced $39 or higher). Buy one, get one 50 percent off tickets are available for the Family Matinee performance Saturday, February 17 at 2 p.m. (limit 8 tickets). For further information about Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater please visit www.alvinailey.org

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