As the founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Alvin Ailey was perhaps one of the most iconic African-American dancers for the modern dance evolution and popularization. Born on January 5th 1931, Ailey officially pursued his interest in dance after a mutual friend introduced him to the legendary dancer and choreographer, Lester Horton. At the young age of eighteen, Ailey came under the tutelage of Horton, who helped Ailey master his dance techniques and create his own unique style. In 1958, Ailey created his own dance company to pursue his passion. The inception of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater allowed Ailey to create a one-of-its-kind dance group that would work towards breaking the social barriers that constricted this art form. Non-conformist dance routines, themes that few dared to take up and a diverse set of dancers, Ailey’s dance group was meant to recreate and re-imagine the boundaries around contemporary dance. Today, the dance company is a multi award winning and critically revered dance group that has performed in over seventy countries worldwide and enjoys a huge devoted fan following that can’t seem to get enough of the dances.
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The group’s debut concert opened on March 30th 1958. With the theme portraying the meaning of being an African-American in that time, Ailey’s choreography for the Blue Suites show was an instant hit among the viewers. He set a precedent for his company by incorporating a unique quality in the dances. It wasn’t just a dance show; lights, stage direction, costumes and make-up allowed for the show to become the ultimate art experience. Since then, Ailey’s and the company’s modus operandi has embodied the essence of the very first show. Every time, with every performance, they give a complete multi-sensory experience that is almost hypnotic in its charm. The group, over the years, has built a handsome repertory of some of the most ground-breaking choreographies of contemporary dance. Drawing upon personal experiences and emotions, the dance group has brought to light various issues such as grief, joy, personal pain, revolution, idealism and the significance of life. Re-imagining what it means to be alive, the group uses dance as a medium of social commentary that allows for some of the more tabooed topics to come to light. The routines employ various dance styles including, but not limited to, Jazz, Ballroom, Ethnic African, Ballet and Contemporary. The dancers use different techniques and channel their power, strength and grace to give superlative performances. Their movements are agile and muscles powered and inherently fluid. Their poise and dexterity, regardless of the difficulty level of the choreographic compositions of the routines, transform the human body into a vessel of inspirational beauty.
Some of the most popular routines by the group include Blue Suites, Revelations, The River, Cry and Facets. The dancers, ethnically and racially diverse, come together as a cohesive unit as they complement each others’ dancing styles and allow for the free flow of every individual’s creative energy. An overall homogenous, well-oiled machine, the dancers use their art as a form of social observation. They allow the audiences to rethink, re-imagine and recreate what society is and what it should be. Over the run of the company, it has won numerous accolades for choreography and technique. In 2008, the U.S. Congressional Resolution marked the company as a cardinal ambassador of American culture to the world, thus cementing the position of the group as one of the premier cultural unifiers.
Under the umbrella organization, Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, the American Dance Theater has found its true calling. It celebrates the work of Alvin Ailey and channels his passion to create limitless boundaries for dance as a means of expression. With over thirty exceptional dancers and a repertoire that extends over five decades, this Dance Theater has become one of the most sensational acts on stage. The complexity of their choreography does not hinder the audience from appreciating the dance routines and internalizing the story unfolding on stage. It doesn’t matter if the audience is well-versed in the technicalities of dance or not. What matters is the ability of the group to create a transcendent reality on stage that allows the audience to become part of the performance. A must watch for everyone, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater tickets are now available for the 2014 tour.