Courtesy Alvin Ailey Theater
Photos Courtesy of AA Dance Company
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater announces a groundbreaking year, led by Robert Battle in his fifth season as Artistic Director. The Company recently performed at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet for Les Étés de la Danse International Dance Festival and the grace and bravura of the Company will soon reach the hearts and minds of audiences in South Africa, and throughout the U.S. via the screen, the stage, and the page.
Historic South Africa Residency
September 3 – 20
National Film Debut - “Lincoln Center: Great American Dance”
Robert Battle’s Inspiring Children’s Book My Story, My Dance
Released October 27
On October 27, the children’s book My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey will be released by Paula Wiseman Books, a division of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Based on Battle’s life, it is the unique story of a young boy who, despite physical and other challenges, has a life filled with music, church, and movement – first martial arts, and then, after seeing Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, dance. Husband-and-wife team James Ransome and Lesa Cline-Ransome created the vibrant illustrations and wrote the inspiring narrative. The book is for ages 5 – 10, and is a success story that is sure to inspire all.
Landmark Season At New York City Center
December 2 – January 3 & 20
City North American Tour
February 2 – May 8
Ailey closes 2015 with its 45th consecutive season at New York City Center from December 2, 2015 – January 3, 2016. The Company will present world premieres, new productions, and Ailey classics during this annual season that has become a joyous holiday tradition. Other highlights include an Opening Night Gala on Wednesday, December 2 at 7pm, the Saturday Family Matinee Series, and a special New Year’s Eve Celebration on December 31 at 7pm. Programming will be announced soon, and tickets starting at $25 go on sale September 8.
The season continues in 2016 with a 20-city North American tour from February 2 – May 6 launched by a gala at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, February 2. Audiences from coast to coast will have the opportunity to see Ailey’s extraordinary dancers live in world premieres, new productions, and Ailey classics. For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org