The Alvin Ailey Dancers were among the many World-renowned dignitaries, athletes and artists from around the globe who came together last night for ABC’s Television Network’s celebration of the unveiling of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture called “Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America.” Three Alvin Ailey dancers performed “Wade in the Water” section from Alvin Ailey’s must-see American masterpiece Revelations.
New Jersey Performance Arts Center (NJPAC) is honored to present the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater annual Mother’s Day weekend performances starting on May 12- 14, 2017.
Alvin Ailey is America’s premier modern dance company, known for its vibrant fusion of modern dance, ballet and more. The company grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at New York City’s 92nd Street Y. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance.
Elegant, electrifying and marvelously athletic, this always dazzling company returns with programs that include some of its newest works as well as classics like Revelations, Alvin Ailey’s undisputed masterpiece.
Revelations, set to African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans. “Revelations is one of the great works of the human spirit,” The New York Times writes. “The aspects of humanity it demonstrates — sincerity, idealism, ecstasy, among others — build up to a powerful moral statement that audiences love.” May 12-14, 2017 at Prudential Hall.