Program A

Lazarus by Rennie Harris

Midwest Premiere / Co-commissioned by the Auditorium Theatre
Acclaimed hip-hop choreographer Rennie (Lorenzo) Harris returns to Ailey this season with the Company’s first two-act work, Lazarus. Inspired by the life and legacy of Mr. Ailey, Harris connects past and present in a powerful work that addresses the racial inequities America faced when Mr. Ailey founded this company in 1958 and still faces today. Harris’ previous contributions to the Ailey repertory include Exodus (2015), Home (2011), and Love Stories (2004), an acclaimed collaboration with Judith Jamison and Robert Battle.

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Revelations by Alvin Ailey

Company founder Alvin Ailey’s signature work Revelations has consistently enraptured audiences all over the world with its perfect blend of reverent grace and spiritual elations, paying homage to and reflecting the cultural heritage of African Americans. Set to a suite of traditional spirituals, Revelations explores the emotional spectrum of the human condition, from the deepest of grief to the holiest joy. Revelations has been seen by more people around the world than any other modern work.

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Program A will be performed on Wednesday, March 6 @ 7PM; Saturday, March 9 @ 8PM; and Sunday, March 10 @ 3PM.

Program B

Kairos by Wayne McGregor

Midwest Premiere
Kairos, choreographer Wayne McGregor’s second Ailey Company premiere, fills the stage with sinuous, angular movement and synchronicity. Drawn from the ancient Greek language, the word “Kairos” has dual meanings, the first being the most opportune time to take action and the second being weather. The ballet is framed by Idris Khan’s dramatic set design and played out to Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” re-imagined by experimental composer Max Richter. Ailey is the first American company to perform Kairos, which originally premiered in 2014 as part of the STEPS contemporary dance festival in Switzerland.

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EN by Jessica Lang

Midwest Premiere
Jessica Lang, a 2014 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award and 2017 Arison Award recipient, makes her choreographic debut on the Ailey company with the world premiere EN, her 100th ballet. EN – whose multiple meanings in Japanese signify circle, destiny, fate and karma – is a celebratory ensemble work set to original music by composer Jakub Ciupinski, with costumes by Bradon McDonald. According to Lang, the work “reflects on the universal experience of coming full circle and, as time passes, we recognize the people we meet along life’s journey who play a part in the fate and destiny of our lives.”

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Revelations by Alvin Ailey

Company founder Alvin Ailey’s signature work Revelations has consistently enraptured audiences all over the world with its perfect blend of reverent grace and spiritual elations, paying homage to and reflecting the cultural heritage of African Americans. Set to a suite of traditional spirituals, Revelations explores the emotional spectrum of the human condition, from the deepest of grief to the holiest joy. Revelations has been seen by more people around the world than any other modern work.

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Program B will be performed on Thursday, March 7 @ 7:30PM and Saturday, March 9 @ 2PM.

Program C

Timeless Ailey

Midwest Premiere
This special 60th Anniversary Classics program brings together over a dozen treasures from Alvin Ailey’s wonderfully rich body of work, including highlights of seldom-seen gems like Mary Lou’s Mass and The Lark Ascending, as well as perennial favorites like Memoria, Night Creature, and Cry.

ACT 1
Blues Suite (1958)
Streams (1970)
Mary Lou’s Mass (1971)
The Lark Ascending (1972)
Hidden Rites (1973)
Night Creature (1974)
Cry (1971)
ACT 2
Phases (1980)
Opus McShann (1986)
Pas de Duke (1976)
For “Bird”—With Love (1984)
Love Songs (1972)
Memoria (1979)

Revelations by Alvin Ailey

Company founder Alvin Ailey’s signature work Revelations has consistently enraptured audiences all over the world with its perfect blend of reverent grace and spiritual elations, paying homage to and reflecting the cultural heritage of African Americans. Set to a suite of traditional spirituals, Revelations explores the emotional spectrum of the human condition, from the deepest of grief to the holiest joy. Revelations has been seen by more people around the world than any other modern work.

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Program C will be performed on Friday, March 8 @ 7:30PM.