DEC 4: MUSIC ICON QUINCY JONES AND ACTRESS GABRIELLE UNION CO-CHAIR AILEY’S OPENING NIGHT GALA BENEFIT
"The River." Photo: Paul Kolnik
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will kick off a five-week holiday season on December 4th with a star-studded gala benefit performance at New York City Center and party at the New York Hilton Midtown Grand Ballroom.
27-time Grammy award-winning music icon Quincy Jones and actress Gabrielle Union will serve as the evening’s Honorary Chairs.
The evening begins with the Company premiere of Chroma, Wayne McGregor's ballet filled with layered, beautiful dancing and astonishing lifts. The Ailey company premiere, made possible with generous support from New York City Center, marks the first time a work by this multi award-winning British choreographer will appear in the Ailey repertory.
Following the inspiring finale of Revelations, performed with live music, prominent figures in the worlds of entertainment, business, philanthropy and politics will join Artistic Director Robert Battle and dancers for a dinner-dance in the Hilton New York Grand Ballroom.
The event’s co-chairs are Simin Allison & in memory, Herb Allison, Kathryn & Kenneth Chenault, Daria L. Foster & Erich J. Wallach, Agnes & Gerald Hassell, Debra L. Lee, and Joan & Sandy Weill. Call 212-405-9031 for tickets to the benefit supporting the creation of new works and Ailey’s extensive educational programs, including scholarships for the performing artists of the future.
In addition to the one-night-only opening gala benefit, Ailey enthusiasts are encouraged to ring in 2014 with an exceptional New Year’s Eve performance featuring Revelations danced by beloved Ailey stars of the past and present, including Linda Denise Fisher-Harrell, Renee Robinson, Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, Dudley Williams and Donna Wood Sanders.
Along with a variety of premieres, Ailey’s 2013 – 2014 season will include a number of special programs throughout the five-week run. On Tuesday, December 17th the Company will celebrate renowned Guest Artist Matthew Rushing, who has been inspiring Ailey audiences for over two decade and is acclaimed as one of the great male concert dancer artists.
“All New” programs (Dec 20, 22 eve, 26, 28 eve, and Jan 2) feature premieres of Ronald K. Brown’s Four Corners, Aszure Barton’s LIFT, the Bessie Award-winning work D-Man in the Waters (Part I) by Bill T. Jones, and the groundbreaking Chroma.
In a program aptly titled Ailey/Ellington (playing Dec 13, 15 mat, 18, 21 mat), ballets showcasing the marriage of Ailey’s choreography and Ellington’s music will be presented, including Night Creature, Pas de Duke, and The River.
The Ailey Classics program (Dec 14 mat, 24, 29 mat, Jan 4 mat) is a vibrant anthology of highlights from Mr. Ailey’s prolific 30-year career—including such audience favorites as Cry, A Song for You, and For ‘Bird’–With Love — and the beloved classic Revelations. Alvin Ailey’s iconic Memoria will include performances by talented young students from The Ailey School and his signature American masterpiece Revelations will be performed with live music on December 4, 6, and 7 mat & eve.
The January 5th finale performance marks the close of the 25th season since the passing of the Company’s legendary founder and will celebrate what would have been Alvin Ailey’s 83rd birthday with a season highlights program and Revelations in its entirety.
Tickets starting at $25 are now on sale for all season performances from December 4th through January 5th.Visit www.alvinailey.org, www.citycenter.org, call CityTix (212-581-1212), or the New York City Center box office.
Opening Night Gala Benefit Sponsors: Simin Allison & in memory, Herb Allison, American Express, BET Networks, BNY Mellon, Daria L. Foster & Eric J. Wallach, Joan & Sandy Weill and The Weill Family Foundation, Wells Fargo is the sponsor of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s New York Season.
American Express is the Official Card of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the lead funder of D-Man in the Waters (Part I). The company premiere of Chroma is made possible in part by the generous support of New York City Center. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gratefully acknowledges the support of Diageo during the New York City Center Season.
American Airlines is the Official Airline of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The 2013-2014 season is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
For further information, the public may visit www.alvinailey.org
Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” grew from a now‐fabled March 1958 performance in New York that changed forever the perception of American dance. Founded by Alvin Ailey, and guided by Judith Jamison beginning in 1989, the Company is now led by Robert Battle, whom Judith Jamison chose to succeed her on July 1, 2011.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 23 million people in 71 countries on 6 continents, promoting the uniqueness of the African‐American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance tradition.