Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre | Dance, Streaming | Chicago Reader

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Free

When: Mon 3/30, 6 PM CST; then Thu 6 PM CST

During the COVID-19 shutdown, Alvin Ailey launches a new streaming service with recordings of full-length works, original short films from the dance community, virtual dance classes, and more. On Monday, March 30, the company presents its signature work Revelations, which explores Ailey's own childhood and African American experience through the lens of spirituality, using gospel, blues, and other African American musical traditions. The screening includes commentary from current artistic director Robert Battle and company dancers. It will be preceded at 2 PM CST by a virtual choreography workshop conducted by Hope Boykin, inspired by the movement in Revelations. The series will continue on Thursdays at 6 PM CST during the shutdown. On April 2, they will be streaming Yannick Lebrun's Saa Magni, a duet about the mourning process, and Bradley Shelver's Where There Are Tongues, set to music by French a cappella group Lo Còr De La Plana and contemplating the power of the collective. On April 9, they present Judith Jamison's Divining, the first major success by the former artistic director, set to the music of Kimati Dinizulu and Monti Ellison and bringing to life a variety of African dance idioms.

Price: Free

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