Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Performing Arts - Dance | April 11 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

The revered Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—which first visited Cal Performances over 50 years ago in 1968—returns to Berkeley for its annual residency. The company’s program spans the full range of African American experience, from Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s Shelter, which explores the plight of the homeless, to artistic director Robert Battle’s joyful jazz tribute, Ella. The residency also includes three Bay Area premieres—Lazarus, a new ballet by hip hop pioneer Rennie Harris, inspired by Ailey’s life and legacy; Ronald K. Brown’s The Call, which blends Bach, jazz, and Malian music; and Jessica Lang’s vivid, celebratory work, En. Two matinees feature Timeless Ailey, a retrospective program spanning 30 years of Ailey’s choreography that culminates in his best-loved work, Revelations.

Program A (April 9 & 13, 8pm)
Rennie Harris/Lazarus (2018) (Bay Area Premiere) (music: Darrin Ross)
Alvin Ailey/Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spirituals)

Program B (April 10 & 12, 8pm)
Wayne McGregor/Kairos (2014) (Company Bay Area Premiere) (music: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, re-composed by Max Richter)
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar/Shelter (1988) (music: Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn and Victor See Yuen)
Robert Battle/Ella (2008) (music: Ella Fitzgerald)
Jessica Lang/EN (2018) (Bay Area Premiere) (music Jakub Ciupinski)

Program C (April 11, 8pm)
Jamar Roberts/Members Don’t Get Weary (2017) (music: John Coltrane)
Ronald K. Brown/The Call (2018) (Bay Area Premiere) (music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Mary Lou Williams, Asase Yaa Entertainment Group)
Robert Battle/Juba (2003) (music: John Mackey)
Alvin Ailey/Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spirituals)

Program D (April 13, 2pm & April 14, 3pm)
Alvin Ailey/Timeless Ailey Special Program (1958–1986) (music: various)
Ailey/Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spirituals)

 All Audiences

 All Audiences

 $38-145 (prices subject to change)

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs Tuesday, April 9 through Sunday, April 14, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.