Brown-Forman Midnite Ramble
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
Tuesday, March 15, 7: 30 p.m.
The Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall
501 W. Main Street, Louisville 40202
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents – and has reached millions more online and through television broadcasts.
In 2008, a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the Company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world” that celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage.
When Mr. Ailey began creating dances, he drew upon his "blood memories" of Texas, the blues, spirituals, and gospel as inspiration, which resulted in the creation of his most popular and critically acclaimed work,Revelations. Although he created 79 ballets over his lifetime, Mr. Ailey maintained that his company was not exclusively a repository for his own work.
Today, the Company continues Mr. Ailey's mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. In all, more than 235 works by over 90 choreographers have been part of the Ailey company’s repertory.
Before his untimely death in 1989, Alvin Ailey named Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years, she brought the Company to unprecedented success. Ms. Jamison, in turn, personally selected Robert Battle to succeed her in 2011, and The New York Times declared he “has injected the company with new life.”
Tickets start at $25, reserved seating, fees apply. Standard tickets are available online, by phone (502.584-7777), and at The Kentucky Center box office. Groups of 10 or more save on select seats, call (502) 566-5152 for details.
Although their 2016 national tour doesn't start until February, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) has been in the news thanks to the second installment of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance, which showcased four pieces from the company, including their beloved signature work "Revelations."