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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 8 2020

Four programs from the Ailey repertoire, featuring a mix of 10 different pieces, make up this year's visit to the Auditorium. The pieces include the midwest premiere of Jamar Roberts's Ode, a meditation on the beauty of life in a time of gun violence; Aszure Barton's BUSK, an ensemble work on "the fragility, tenderness, and resilience that exist within the human experience"; a revival of Judith Jamison's 1984 piece Divining, using dance idioms from across Africa; Lars Lubovitch's 1990 Fandango; Jamison's duet A Case of You; Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Ounce of Faith, a ballet for 12 dancers meditating on the role of a teacher in a child's life; Donald Byrd's Greenwood, exploring the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre; The Call by Ronald K. Brown, combining modern and West African dance; Ella, Ailey artistic director Robert Battle's duet set to music by Ella Fitzgerald; and founder Ailey's masterpiece, Revelations, which premiered in 1960 and has been the company's signature work. The latter, inspired by Ailey's memories of attending church services in Texas and by the writings of James Baldwin and Langston Hughes, will close each program. See website for complete schedule.

Price: $35-$130

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