Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater announces programming for Chicago shows

Kirven James Boyd of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Kirven James Boyd of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Photograph: Andrew Eccles


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s visits to the [node:31924 link=Auditorium Theatre;] are always worth catching, [node:14770667 link=for the company’s superb dancers;]—even if [node:128395 link=the quality of its repertoire hasn’t always met their talents;].

That looks to be less an issue during AAADT’s next Chicago visit, April 11–15, its first under new artistic director [node:74295 link=Robert Battle;]. Dances by two very different heavyweights, American [node:14915209 link=Paul Taylor;] and Israeli dance maker [node:7553373 link=Ohad Naharin;], are now in the Ailey company’s portfolio, the latter represented by Minus 16 (1999), for a long time Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s signature closer.

AAADT also plans to present Home by Rennie Harris, which premiered in December to positive reviews. Memoria (1979) and Revelations (1960) are by the company’s founder; Battle’s solo Takademe, which many will recognize from [node:14917457 link=Chicago Dancing Festival;]s past, completes the lineup.

The performance schedule and ticket info are after the jump.

April 11 at 7:30pm: Arden Court (Taylor), Minus 16 (Naharin), Revelations (Ailey)
April 12 at 7:30pm: Memoria (Ailey), Home (Harris), Takademe (Battle), Revelations (Ailey)
April 13 at 7:30pm: Arden Court (Taylor), Minus 16 (Naharin), Revelations (Ailey)
April 14 at 2pm: Memoria (Ailey), Home (Harris), Takademe (Battle), Revelations (Ailey)
April 14 at 8pm: Arden Court (Taylor), Minus 16 (Naharin), Revelations (Ailey)
April 15 at 3pm: Memoria (Ailey), Home (Harris), Takademe (Battle), Revelations (Ailey)

Tickets are $30–$90; call 800-982-2787, visit the Auditorium Theatre box office (50 E Congress Pkwy) or go to auditoriumtheatre.org.


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