Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre are a revolution that broke boundaries and changed the perception of American dance. The company have grown remarkably to become world-renowned since their first performance back in 1958, where Alvin Ailey and a group of African-American modern dancers took the dance world by storm.
They are a company of unique and flawless dancers, interjected with culture, rhythm and blues. The critically acclaimed company are now touring the nation.
Opening with Lift, a heavy tribal piece choreographed by Aszure Barton, it is an opening that sets the tone for the entire production. Beginning with a male-only sequence, set to surging drums which is echoed through their powerfully striking movement. Their sculpted bodies ripple through the sound, which is lit exquisitely by Burke Brown’s lighting design, capturing the shadows and highlights. As the women emerge on stage, their layering of movement is an organic reaction to the complex beats of the percussion. Boasting ceremonial and tribal movement, the dancers stomp and pulsate to create a performance that mirrors a ritual.