Alvin Ailey Dance Company pays tribute to MLK
ATLANTA— For more than four decades, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has dazzled audiences
in Atlanta, and the Company will move the crowd once again during this year’s return to the Fabulous Fox Theatre February 14 – 18, 2018. Six breathtaking performances will showcase the brilliance of Ailey’s 32 dancers, shine a spotlight on social issues with timely and topical works, and pay homage to love and legacy through two special programs: “A Night to Love”on a Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, featuring a one-night-only program of duets celebrating love; and “MLK50:
Celebrating the Legacy” on Friday, February 16, honoring the life and works of Atlanta’s greatest peacemaker, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as the 50th anniversary of his death approaches in April. In addition to annual performances, Ailey reaffirmed its commitment to the city by celebrating the completion of its pilot year of Destination Dance Ailey Atlanta to engage Atlanta’s vibrant cultural community.
“Atlanta has long been Ailey’s heart and soul in the South, with audiences passing down a shared love of our heart pounding, soul-stirring, thought-provoking performances for more than 40 years now,” said Artistic Director Robert Battle.“The city has given so much to the Company, and we’re proud to partner with cherished cultural institutions throughout Atlanta to give back to the community with our Destination Dance Ailey Atlanta initiative.
We love the opportunity to maintain a relationship with our audiences year-round along with the highlight of inspiring annual performances at The Fabulous Fox Theatre by 32 of the most extraordinary dancers in the world.” Ailey’s cornerstone engagement, featuring five days of breathtaking performances in Atlanta, kicks off on Wednesday, February 14 at 8 p.m. with “A Night to Love,” a celebration of the most magical of human emotions represented through the art of dance. The one-night-only program will touch the hearts of all, beginning with the return of Stack-Up to celebrate the centennial of modern dance pioneer Talley Beatty with a look at the hectic realities of living and searching for love in a crowded, urban landscape set to a heart-pounding 1970s music and dance scene.
The second act comprised of duets saluting love features Robert Battle’s Ella – set to Ella Fitzgerald’s virtuosic scatting in “Air Mail Special” – and excerpts from The Winter in Lisbon, celebrating the music of Dizzy Gillespie, and a special staging of a highlight from Shining Star, choreographed by David Parsons to the music of Earth, Wind & Fire. The program will feature Ailey stars and real-life lovebirds Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims, who fell in love dancing together with the Company, were married on Alvin Ailey’s birthday, and have now been performing together for over two decades.
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