Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Fox Theatre, Feb. 21 – 24, as part of a 60th anniversary North American tour.
Ailey’s 32 dancers will stage a celebration of Ailey through a variety of works celebrating his life and legacy. The engagement also includes a family matinee program on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m., which features a post-performance Q&A with the dancers.
The opening night Trailblazers program on Thursday, Feb. 21 features “Lazarus,” a world premiere by hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris and the Company’s first two-act ballet. Inspired by Ailey and addressing the racial inequities our nation has faced, both in 1958 when the company was founded and today, Lazarus is an ensemble work featuring a soundtrack that melds Nina Simone, Terrence Trent D’Arby, Michael Kiwanuka, Odetta, original music by Darrin Ross, and the voice of Alvin Ailey. The opening performance is also WSB-TV’s Family 2 Family Night, hosted by anchor Jovita Moore. The Trailblazers program repeats on Sat., Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. (hosted by KISS 104.1 FM).
The Heart and Soul program on Friday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. includes three works: Ailey star Jamar Roberts’ “Members Don’t Get Weary,” created as a response to the current social landscape in America; 2018 Dance Magazine Award recipient Ronald K. Brown’s world premiere “The Call,” a quintet that blends modern and West African dance styles; and the return “Juba,” Robert Battle’s first work choreographed for the Company back in 2003. This evening will be hosted by V-103. The Heart and Soul program repeats on Saturday, Feb, 23 at 2p.m (Family matinee performance by a Q&A with Ailey dancers).
For one performance only, the Timeless Ailey program will bring over a dozen treasures from Ailey’s rich body of work to the stage on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. Excerpts from rarely seen gems, including “Streams,” “Opus McShann,” “The Lark Ascending,” and “For ‘Bird’ – With Love,” will be joined by favorites like “Memoria”, “Night Creature,” and “Cry.”
The finale of each program will be what is considered Ailey’s masterpiece “Revelations,” which has been seen by more audiences around the world than any other modern work. Springing from Ailey’s childhood memories of growing up in the south, “Revelations” pays homage to the rich cultural heritage of the African-American and explores the emotional spectrum of the human condition.
Tickets are on sale now at FoxTheatre.org, the Fox Theatre Ticket Office, and 855-285-8499. Ticket prices start at $29, plus applicable fees. Single-event access to the Marquee Club presented by Lexus will be available for purchase at $55 per person with complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages.