ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
brings four performances including their signature work Revelations,
Michigan Opera Theater (MOT) / Detroit Opera House.
Experience some of the best-loved work by the man who forever changed the face of modern dance.
Fri April 21 7:30PM
The Winter in Lisbon
The Winter in Lisbon
After the Rain
Following the Saturday, April 22 performance,
MEET THE ALVIN AILEY DANCERS!
Enjoy a strolling supper and end the evening with a DJ & dancing!
Masazumi Chaya, Associate Artistic Director
Alvin Ailey was the company’s director, choreographer, and principal dancer.
The company started as an ensemble of seven dancers, choreographer, and many guest choreographers.[
Following their first performance, the company traveled on what were known as the “station wagon tours”;
In 1960, the AAADT became a resident company of the 51st Street YWCA’s Clark Center for the Performing Arts.
In 1962, the company was chosen to tour the Far East, Southeast Asia and Australia as part of President John F. Kennedy’s “President’s Special International Program for Cultural Presentations”.
Judith Jamison, joined the company in 1965.
Ailey established a school in 1969, the same year that the company moved to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Both company and school relocated to 229 East 59th Street in Manhattan a year later, to a renovated church building.
In 1971 AAADT made its first performance at the New York City Center, where it is currently the resident company.
Associate artistic director Masazumi Chaya joined the company in 1972.
AAADT, the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble (later renamed Ailey II) and the Ailey School relocated in 1980 to four new studios in a building on Broadway.
The company celebrated its 25th anniversary three years later.
Alvin Ailey died on December 1, 1989;
Judith Jamison to succeeded him as artistic director.
The Ailey organization moved to 211 West 61st Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Many people have contributed to the success of AAADT, but the work of Michael Kaiser, the executive director from 1990 to 1993, is often cited as a model of successful nonprofit performing arts management.
Following tours in Russia, France and Cuba in the 1990s, as well as a residency in South Africa in 1997, the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation announced in 2001 that a new dance complex was to be developed.
The company and school moved into the building, named the Joan Weill Center for Dance, in 2004.
The company toured Russia and the United Kingdom the following year.
Denise Jefferson led The Ailey School from 1984 until her death in 2010.
Robert Battle became Ailey’s artistic director in 2011.
AAADT has a repertory of more than 200 works by more than 70 choreographers, including such choreographers as
The company’s popularity comes from its theatrical, extroverted style of dancers with strong personalities and muscular skill.
The company keeps Alvin Ailey’s works,
Night Creature (1974)
in continuous performance.
Memoria was one of Alvin Ailey’s balletic pieces, with long lines and a clear technical style different from his usual jazz character style of swirling patters, strong, driving arm movements, huge jumps, and thrusting steps.
Battle has expanded the company’s repertory in significant ways, adding works by established choreographers such as
Michigan Opera Theatre and Detroit Opera House
1526 Broadway (Entrance at Stage Door on Madison)
Detroit, MI 48226