One of our favorite things about the holidays is that the Alvin Ailey Dance Company will be in residence at the New York City Center.
Among the pieces they will be performing is their iconic Revelations. Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, the performance explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.
It. Is. Amazing.
Other works will include the world premiere of Donald Byrd's Greenwood, which shines a light on the 1921 attack by a white mob that destroyed the affluent black Greenwood neighborhood in Tulsa, OK. And Jamar Roberts' Ode, which offers a meditation on the beauty and fragility of life in a time of growing gun violence. The infamous Judith Jamison contributes Divining, a mystical work that draws power from African polyrhythms.
We New Yorkers are oh so proud of this dance company. Mr. Ailey founded it in 1958 to nurture back artists and express the universality of the African-American experience through dance. It's since become one of the most successful dance companies in the world, and rightfully so.
Tickets start at $109 and go up to $145 and the troupe's run lasts through January 3rd.
Give yourself a holiday treat and check it out!
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