Make Mother's Day weekend an occasion to remember by experiencing the glorious Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater. Show your appreciation for someone special!
Founded in 1958 by its namesake visionary, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brings African-American cultural expression and the modern dance tradition to the nation and the world. As part of its newest and boldest season, NJPAC’s Principal Resident Dance Company presents the ground-breaking, signature work Revelations, with an expanded cast of 50 thrilling dancers (Friday and Saturday). Among the current company members is the gifted Glenn Allen Sims, who hails from Long Branch, N.J.
At Friday night's performance, join in a huge round of applause for the company’s Artistic Director Emeritus, Judith Jamison, who will celebrate her birthday at NJPAC. Renowned worldwide for her illustrious career as a dancer, she served the company for 21 years as Artistic Director and is a member of NJPAC’s Board of Directors.
These breathtaking premieres, new productions and repertory favorites round out an unforgettable engagement:
Friday, May 10 at 8pm and Sunday, May 12 at 3pm:
Another Night (NJPAC premiere): Kyle Abraham’s contemporary jazz piece, set to Art Blakey’s rendering of Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night in Tunisia.” Robert Battle, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, discusses the work:
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Petite Mort (NJPAC premiere): In Jiři Kylián’s sensual and visually surprising contemporary ballet, six men and six women intermingle with fencing foils and sculptural ballgowns in an unforgettable duel.
In/Side: Battle’s intimate look at a man’s most private struggles is set to Nina Simone’s haunting rendition of “Wild is the Wind.”
Saturday, May 11 at 8pm:
Grace (NJPAC premiere): Ronald K. Brown’s tour de force blends modern and West African dance idioms to a score by Duke Ellington, Roy Davis and Fela Kuti.
Minus 16: With a score ranging from Dean Martin to mambo to traditional Israeli music, this audience-grabbing work featuring improvisation is choreographed by Ohad Naharin.
Revelations: Using African-American spirituals, Ailey’s masterpiece explores the places of deepest grief and greatest joy in the soul. More than just a popular dance work, Revelations has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans. The New York Times simply calls it “Modern dance’s unquestionable greatest hit.”