Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns during Black History Month to Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre, February 15 – 19 with timely works that shine a spotlight on social issues and celebrate the birth centennials of jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald. The engagement features exciting world premieres, Robert Battle’s Ella, and Ailey dancer Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream., inspired by the sermons and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Now more than ever, I’m proud to use dance to unite and uplift audiences in Atlanta, where the Company has been warmly welcomed for over 40 years,” stated Artistic Director Robert Battle.
Atlanta audiences will enjoy a wide range of choreographic treasures that give Ailey’s extraordinary dancers even more ways to inspire.
Ailey’s 2017 Atlanta Engagement Programming:
Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. – AILEY FAN NIGHT (Deep / Cry, The Hunt / Revelations)
Thursday, Feb. 16 at 10:30 a.m. – STUDENT PERFORMANCE (Night Creature excerpt, Revelations)
Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. – OPENING NIGHT (The Winter in Lisbon / r-Evolution, Dream. / Ella, Revelations)
Friday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. (Exodus / Masekela Langage / After The Rain Pas De Deux, Revelations)
Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. – FAMILY MATINEE* (The Winter in Lisbon / r-Evolution, Dream. / Ella, Revelations)
*followed by post-performance Q&A with dancers
Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. (Deep / Untitled America / Revelations)
Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. (The Winter in Lisbon / r-Evolution, Dream. / Ella, Revelations)
Join the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for their 2017 engagement in Atlanta, as they celebrate the human spirit and inspire all people through dance. To purchase your tickets, please visit foxtheatre.org/events/alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater/
Photo: AAADT in Mauro Bigonzetti’s Deep Photo by Paul Kolnik
About Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
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, recent posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian honor, 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 25 million people in 71 countries on 6 continents – as well as millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings, and online platforms – promoting the uniqueness of the African‐American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance tradition. In addition to being the Principal Dance Company of New York City Center, where its performances have become a year‐end tradition, the Ailey company performs annually at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami‐Dade County in Miami, The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark where it is the Principal Resident Affiliate), and appears frequently in other major theaters throughout the United States and the world during extensive yearly tours. The Ailey organization also includes Ailey II (1974), a second performing company of emerging young dancers and innovative choreographers; The Ailey School (1969), one of the most extensive dance training programs in the world; Ailey Arts in Education & Community Programs, which brings dance into the classrooms, communities and lives of people of all ages; and The Ailey Extension (2005), a program offering dance and fitness classes to the general public, which began with the opening of Ailey’s permanent home—the largest building dedicated to dance in New York City, the dance capital of the world —named The Joan Weill Center for Dance, at 55th Street at 9th Avenue in New York City. For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.