The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform at The Kentucky Center in Whitney Hall on May 19 and May 20.
Rest assured…Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations, will be performed on both nights.
However, for those of you who have yet to purchase your Ailey tickets, I’d like to offer this breakdown of the other pieces to be performed on each night. We want you to have the most memorable and enjoyable experience possible.
Tuesday, May 19... best for Performing Arts/Theatre Fans
The Tuesday, May 19, performance is for you if you are an overall performing arts/theatre fan, who loves the beauty and athleticism of dance, but doesn’t come to the performance steeped in the company’s history or a dance vocabulary.
Wednesday, May 20...best for Hard-core Dance Fans and Ailey Aficionados
The Wednesday, May 20, performance is for you if you’re a hard-core dance fan or an Ailey aficionado, one who measures entertainment value against a yardstick of technical excellence as well as historical and cultural significance.
I've outlined the program for each night below. The links will take you to video clips on the Ailey site and ticketing information on The Kentucky Center site.
The pieces to be performed on May 19 are:
Blues Suite - Ailey’s first masterpiece poignantly evokes the sorrow, humor and humanity of the blues, those heartfelt songs that he called “hymns to the secular regions of the soul.”
Suite Otis- Otis Redding’s sassy, sizzling music sets the stage for George Faison’s playful battle of the sexes. The yearning sensuality of such timeless songs as “Satisfaction,” “Try a Little Tenderness,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and other favorites bursts through this sexy, charming and witty suite.
Revelations - Alvin Ailey said that one of America’s richest treasures was the cultural heritage of the African-American - ”sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.” This enduring classic is a tribute to that heritage and to Ailey’s genius. Using African-American religious music - spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues - this suite fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.
Follow this link for May 19 ticketing information. http://ww2.kentuckycenter.org/ticketing/tickets/production.aspx?performanceNumber=3975
The pieces to be performed on May 20 are:
Festa Barocca- Acclaimed Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti, praised for his fresh and inventive sensibility, brings his distinctly European flair to the Ailey repertory for the first time. With a highly dramatic style, complex partnering and seamless integration of classical and modern styles, Bigonzetti showcases the Ailey dancers’ emotional intensity and technical prowess to the music of Handel.
Solo- Hans van Manen divides his kinetic Solo among three dancers in a tour de force work that challenges the Ailey men's daring agility and grace. Set to the music of Johann Sebastien Bach, this explosive display of virtuosity and wit launches the men into an exhilarating whirlwind of movement and musicality. The San Francisco Examiner declared that Solo, "epitomizes dance at its essence".
Revelations – see description and link above.
Follow this link for May 20 ticketing information. http://ww2.kentuckycenter.org/ticketing/tickets/production.aspx?performanceNumber=3975
Beauty, hope, spirit and passion know no bounds. That is the power of Ailey. Don’t miss your chance to see this iconic company perform in Louisville.
For the record, as a fan of live performance with eclectic taste, I bought tickets to the May 19 performance. I'm bringing my mother, who has only been to one other dance performance at the Center - but loves dancing in her kitchen to Otis Redding.