It is the rare occasion when I send out two newsletters in one week, but the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presentation at the Rose this weekend warrants it. When building films each week - editing digital information - I always see the first ten minutes of every show, and the final minutes leading to the credits. As I was building and audio testing the Alvin Ailey show yesterday, I did something that I've never done in 24 years: I abruptly set everything else aside and watched the entire performance. It was absolutely riveting. If you appreciate beautiful, strong dancers, and elegant, exciting choreography, then I strongly encourage you to find 100 minutes in your weekend for some incredible dance from one of the finest companies in America.
Featuring Alvin Ailey’s REVELATIONS, described by The New York Times as "one of the great works of the human spirit." This stunning, soulful tour de force draws on African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues. The wide ranging influences and irrepressible passion of REVELATIONS are evident across the rest of this electrifying program, which features Wayne McGregor’s sumptuous CHROMA, set to a score by Joby Talbot with song orchestrations by The White Stripes; Ronald K. Brown’s GRACE, a powerful meeting of modern and West African dance with a soundtrack by Duke Ellington, Roy Davis and Fela Kuti; and Robert Battle’s humorous, high-flying TAKADEME.