By Walter Rutledge
Ailey ll will present their spring 2011 season at the Ailey Citigroup Theater from April 6-17. The 250-seat state of the art theater is in the Joan Weill Center for Dance, the home of the Ailey School, located at 405 W. 55th ( the corner of 9th Avenue). These performances will culminate an unprecedented 49-city tour that included performances in North America, Austria, France and a first-ever tour of the United Kingdom.
The impressive twelve dancers ensemble will offer fourteen performances consisting of two different programs. The programs will include acclaimed new works Shards (Donald Byrd), Doscongio (Robert Moses), and the Corner (Kyle Abraham). Recent favorites from Ailey II’s repertory by Sidra Bell (Valse), Thang Dao (Echoes), and Carlos dos Santos (Proximity) will also be presented. The times, dates and programs are listed below:
Program A: Proximity/ Doscongio/ The Corner/ Shards
Program B: Echoes/ Valse/ Shards
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm (Program A) Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm (Program B) Friday, April 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm (Program A) Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm (Program A) & 8:00 pm (Program B) Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm (Program B) & 7:00 pm (Program A) Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm (Program B) Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm (Program A) Friday, April 15, 2011 at 8:00 (Program B) Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm (Program B) & 8:00 pm (Program A) Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm (Program B) & 7:00 pm (Program A)
Ailey II has always been a true hidden treasure. Over the years the company has evolved into a strong and vital member of the dance community, with a loyal and enthusiastic national and now international following. Under the direction of Artistic Director Sylvia Waters and Associate Artistic Director Troy Powell the company has been instrumental in nurturing the talents of many young dancers for professional careers in the performing arts.
For more information and for tickets, visit www.alvinailey.org or www.ovationtix.com or call 866-811-4111. Tickets can be purchased on the day of a performance at The Ailey Citigroup Theater one hour prior to curtain (subject to availability).
In Photos 1) Solomon Dumas 2) Brittany Engel-Adams and Collin Heyward 3) Ailey ll with Sylvia Waters and Troy Powell. All Photos by Eduardo Patino.