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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to perform at IU Auditorium, engage with IU students

Feb. 27, 2014

Renowned modern dance ensemble Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform at IU Auditorium at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 12.


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform at IU Auditorium on Wednesday, March 12. | Photo By Andrew Eccles

Earlier that day, the company's dancers will conduct a masterclass for students of IU Ballet, IU Contemporary Dance and the African American Dance Ensemble.

In addition, those dance students as well as students from various IU-affiliated organizations -- including IU Residential Programs and Services, and First Year Experience -- will attend a free pre-show discussion led by company rehearsal director Matthew Rushing.

Enter to win

Faculty and staff using a valid IU email address can enter to win two tickets, a $108 value, to see Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at 8 p.m. March 12 at IU Auditorium.

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was born from a 1958 performance, when Ailey and a group of young African American modern dancers became the first professional company to fully embrace cultural diversity by welcoming dancers of all races and backgrounds.

Now considered one of the foremost modern dance companies in the world, the Ailey company has performed for an estimated 23 million people in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents, as well as millions more through television broadcasts.

Led by choreographer Robert Battle since July 2011, with influence by emeritus director Judith Jamison, the company continues its legacy of highlighting the multicultural nature of the American experience. Celebrated for his efforts to broaden Ailey’s repertory, Battle has a distinguished history as a dancer, artistic director and choreographer, having performed with the Parsons Dance Company, founded the Battleworks Dance Company and choreographed seven works of his own.

'The most beloved modern dance creation'

In addition to other pieces, the company will perform Ailey’s own work, "Revelations," which has been hailed as “the most beloved modern dance creation by anyone anywhere” by the Los Angeles Times.

The work’s style and themes are firmly rooted in African American culture through use of spirituals, song sermons, gospel songs and holy blues.

Tickets are $23 to $49 for IU Bloomington students with a valid ID and $44 to $59 for the general public. Individual tickets my be purchased on the IU Auditorium's website, at Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. The IU Auditorium Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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