Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Venue: Sollitt Stage (mainstage)
Dates: February 28 - March 9, 2014
Times: See below
Price: $32 - $92

Experience the power of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in their Chicago home at the Auditorium Theatre, and see for yourself why this extraordinary company is hailed as America’s Cultural Ambassador to the World. From the pulse-racing thrill of contemporary favorites to the spirit-lifting joy of beloved classics, these extraordinary dancers offer something for every taste. Programs this year include the Chicago  premiere of  the company’s Chroma, new productions  of Pas de Duke and The River set to Duke Ellington’s music, and the always  awe-inspiring Revelations.


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Friday, Mar 7 | 7:30PM
Saturday, Mar 8 | 2 and 8PM
Sunday, Mar 9 | 3PM


Chroma / Four Corners / Revelations
Running time: approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes
Friday, Feb 28 at 7:30PM
Sunday, Mar 2 at 3PM
Thursday, Mar 6 at 7:30PM
Saturday, Mar 8 at 8PM

LIFT / D-Man in the Waters / Revelations
Running time:
approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes
Saturday, Mar 1 at 2PM
Saturday, Mar 1 at 8PM
Friday, Mar 7 at 7:30PM
Sunday, Mar 9 at 3PM

Night Creature, Pas de Duke / The River / Revelations
Running time:
approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes
Wednesday, Mar 5 at 7:30PM
Saturday, Mar 8 at 2PM



Chroma (Company Premiere)
The groundbreaking British choreographer Wayne McGregor 's contemporary ballet is full of sensory surprises: sumptuous movement, a driving score by Joby Talbot with orchestrations of songs by The White Stripes, and a luminous set by minimalist architect John Pawson.

Four Corners (Chicago Premiere)
Drawing from West African and modern dance influences, Ronald K. Brown uses grounded, earthy movements to portray figures who are burdened by grief but ultimately find peace, solace, and freedom with the aid of “the angels in their corners” mentioned in Carl Hancock Rux’s Four Corners.

Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

LIFT (Chicago Premiere)
This propulsive world premiere by in-demand choreographer Aszure Barton accentuates the vitality and physical prowess of the Ailey Company.

D-Man in the Waters (Company Premiere)
In this exhilarating work by Kennedy Center Honoree, MacArthur Grant awardee and Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones, rigorous formalism and musicality embody resilience and triumph over loss. The piece captures the infectious energy, innocence and will to survive of a beleaguered generation, and though it deals with sorrow, it maintains a defiantly celebratory tone.

Night Creature
Alvin Ailey’s Night Creature is a bubbly champagne cocktail of a dance, a perfect fusion of Ailey’s buoyant choreography and Duke Ellington’s sparkling music.  At once wistful and sassy, it beckons viewers into a nocturnal world populated by jazz babies and night owls.

Pas de Duke
Pas de Duke
is Alvin Ailey’s spirited modern dance translation of a classical pas de deux, originally created in 1976 as a showcase for Judith Jamison and Mikhail Baryshnikov to the music of Duke Ellington. Ailey made brilliant use of the dancers’ physical and stylistic differences, crafting an elegant, flirtatious work that showed off their exuberance and virtuosity as they engaged in a playful game of one-upmanship. 

The River
By turns muscular and lyrical, The River is a sweeping full-company work that suggests tumbling rapids and meandering streams on a journey to the sea. Set to music by Duke Ellington, the choreography demonstrates Alvin Ailey’s admiration for classical ballet, but retains the modern and jazz influences found in all his work. “The River shows Mr. Ailey at his inventive best,” declared The New York Times.

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 Opening Night Sponsor

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Antonio Douthit-Boyd by Andrew Eccles.