February 3, 2023 - February 4, 2023
Meridian Hall (formerly Sony Centre), 1411 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 2L2, Canada
“The name Alvin Ailey is synonymous with contemporary American dance.” —The Toronto Star
2 exciting mixed programs. 7 extraordinary works.
Beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Toronto’s Meridian Hall for their first stop on a 22-city North American tour. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, there are two exciting mixed programs to choose from featuring new works and repertory favourites.
The program for Friday, February 3rd, 8 pm and Saturday, February 4th, 2 pm features Alvin Ailey’s Night Creature (1975), a bubbly champagne cocktail of a dance that is a perfect fusion of Ailey’s buoyant choreography and Duke Ellington’s sparkling music; Reflections in D (1963) a strong yet serene solo Ailey created for himself; Robert Battle’s For Four, featuring four amazing Ailey dancers dancing to Wynton Marsalis’ delicious jazz score; followed by Battle’s Unfold (2007) a sensuous, swirling duet.
On Saturday, February 4th, 8 pm, the program features a new production of Alvin Ailey and Mary Barnett’s Survivors (1986/New production 2022), an impassioned tribute to the profound courage and terrible anguish of Nelson and Winnie Mandela; and the Canadian premiere of Kyle Abraham’s Are You in Your Feelings? celebrating Black culture, Black music, and the youthful spirit that perseveres in us all. Scored to a “mixtape” of soul, hip hop, and R&B, the work explores the connections among music, communication, and personal memory.
At every performance, the inspiring finale will be Alvin Ailey’s must-see American masterpiece Revelations, acclaimed around the world for sending hearts soaring and lifting audiences to their feet. Since its debut in 1960, Revelations has been seen by more people around the world than any other modern dance work, moving audiences with its powerful storytelling and soul-stirring music, evoking timeless themes of determination, hope, and transcendence. Springing from Ailey’s childhood memories of growing up in the south and attending services at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Texas, Revelations pays homage to the rich cultural heritage of the African American and explores the emotional spectrum of the human condition.
TO Live is happy to offer the following access measures: • Audio described performance: Saturday, February 4 – 2:00pm. The performance will be audio described by Rebecca Singh of Superior Description Services. Please contact Nathan Sartore, Programming Coordinator, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your audio description device. • Access Guide/Visual Story • Assistive Listening Devices • Audio Description