Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, founded by the ground-breaking dancer-choreographer Alvin Ailey (1931-1989), is one of the world’s preeminent modern dance companies and recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. The Company brings a 21-city tour to Nashville with a limited, two-evening appearance at Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Feb. 28-29 that includes premieres of three distinct works: The Call, EN and Lazarus.
Tickets are on sale now at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St.
Artistic Director Robert Battle leads Ailey’s 32 extraordinary dancers as they continue the Company’s legacy of using the African American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition to uplift, unite and enlighten. The tour’s expansive repertory includes dynamic works by some of the freshest choreographic voices in modern dance.
The program for Nashville includes the acclaimed American Masterpiece Revelations (1960). More than just a popular dance work, Revelations has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans. An American classic acclaimed as a must‐see for all, Ailey’s signature masterpiece is a tribute to his heritage and genius. Using African American spirituals, the work fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. Seeing Revelations for the first time or the hundredth can be a transcendent experience, with audiences cheering, singing along and dancing in their seats from the opening notes of the plaintive “I Been ’Buked” to the rousing “Wade in the Water” and the triumphant finale, “Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham.”
If you go:
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
February 28 – The Call / Cry / EN / Revelations
February 29 – Lazarus / Revelations
TPAC’s Jackson Hall
505 Deaderick St.