Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: 60th Anniversary

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: 60th Anniversary

An occasion like this comes once in a lifetime! The Ailey company marks six decades of achievement and celebrating the human spirit with the N.J. premiere of Rennie Harris’ Lazarus – based on the life and legacy of Alvin Ailey – and a Timeless Ailey program. The iconic Revelations concludes each performance.

"Movement that’ll move you” (New York magazine) is guaranteed as part of Ailey Ascending, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 60th anniversary season. The NJPAC engagement features dazzling programs that include the New Jersey premiere of the company’s first two-act work, Lazarus, from inaugural artist-in-residence Rennie Harris. Lazarus was inspired by the lifework of Alvin Ailey – one of the groundbreaking greats in African-American history – and addresses the racial inequities our nation has faced since 1958, when the company was founded, and today.

Timeless Ailey, on the Mother’s Day Sunday program, is composed of excerpts from rarely seen gems by Alvin Ailey, including Love Songs, Cry, Blues Suite and many more, plus Revelations in its entirety.

Ailey’s signature work, Revelations pays tribute to African-American cultural heritage and is set to spirituals and blues. Revelations is classified by The Los Angeles Times as “the most beloved modern dance creation by anyone, anywhere ...”

Click on PROGRAM NOTES above for details.

Purchase Parking for the Friday, May 10th at 8PM.

Purchase Parking for the Saturday, May 11th at 8PM.

Purchase Parking for the Sunday, May 12th at 3PM.

Community Engagement Preludes & Marketplace:

Artisan Marketplace
May 10 - 11 @ 6PM
May 12 @ 1PM

Community Gospel Choir 
Fri, May 10 @ 7PM 

Youth from the Greater Newark and surrounding areas unify to make a joyful noise. Directed by Kyle Smith, St. James AME Church, Newark

DanceWorks Studios
Sat, May 11 @ 7PM 

An eclectic dance company based in Montclair NJ performs.
Directed by Kathy Costa

Pre-performance Conversation
Sun, May 12 @ 1:30PM

Reflections of Cry with Judith Jamison 


NICO Kitchen + Bar will be open for this performance.



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Friday, May 10: Lazarus (Rennie Harris, N.J. premiere) / Revelations

Saturday, May 11: Lazarus / Revelations

Sunday, May 12: Timeless Ailey (all-Ailey works):
Act One:
“Good Morning Blues” section from Blues Suite (1958)
"Scherzo" section from Streams (1970)
Female solo from Pas de Duke (1976)
"Our Father" section from Mary Lou's Mass (1971)
Excerpts from The Lark Ascending (1972)
"Of Love" section from Hidden Rites (1973)
Second movement from Night Creature (1974)
"Right On, Be Free" (final section) from Cry (1971)
Act Two:
"Flight Time" section from Phases (1980)
"Gee Baby" and "Doo Wah Doo" sections from Opus McShann (1986)
"A Night in Tunisia" section from For "Bird"–With Love (1984)
"A Song For You" section from Love Songs (1972)
Excerpt from Memoria (1979)

Plus Revelations in its entirety