There is no doubt that the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is a spectacular and talented group of performers, but it was only until a June night in Lincoln Center that I was able to witness the clear passion of all the dancers on stage. Besides the beauty of the venue, it was amazing to watch the strength, flexibility, and agility of the performers. Each dance number was accompanied with beautiful lighting and incredible music that evoked the feeling and mood of the dance. Synchronized and beautiful, each performer blended together eloquently to paint a picture and tell a story to the engaged audience. The partnered duets were some of my favorite performances: their attitudes of each movement were evident even in the points of their toes. Their strokes were deliberate yet gentle like fluidity in motion. In many numbers they portrayed humor, toil, happiness, and pain. There is a variety of dances that are sure to please any palette. [Read more…]
Considering it was my first time watching a ballet performance, I was pleasantly impressed with both the skills of the dancers and the techniques used in each performance. The Infernal Machine, a pas de deux performed by Janie Taylor and Jock Soto, was by far my favorite performance of the night. Using bold, unconventional moves and accompanying the dance with a suspenseful music score, the performance sent haunting chills through my body. Also notable was West Side Story Suite, which was the only performance of the four to incorparate speaking dancers.
Ballet may not be for the timid, as there are many impressive techniques and moves that may seem utterly confusing and probably require a deeper understanding of the more technical side of dance. However, as long as you watch the performances with an open mind, you are bound to find at least one piece enjoyable, whether it be because of the music, the movements of the dancers, or the flow of the whole piece. I went in with little to no understanding of ballet (I didn’t even know what a pas de deux was!) and came out completely astounded by some of the performances.
If you have not yet attended a ballet performance, be sure to add that to your summer to-do list! Snag a ticket from High 5 sometime this week to see Alvin Ailey perform at Lincoln Center before tickets sell out soon.
What is dance without any feeling? The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater shares not only masterful technique, they share bursting emotions at City Center. Night Creature, choreographed by Alvin Ailey, is a sizzling jazz dance. The dancers reveal the realm of the night with their sharp jazz moves and slow-stepping formations. The experience is breath taking. [Read more…]
Imagine a performance that fuses ballet, hip-hop and classic modern dance. Imagine an event where a 51-year-old piece of choreography is in the same program as a world premiere and the performances are so spectacular and fresh you have no idea which piece is older.
When part of an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater experience, you find yourself constantly in awe of each amazing dance. Then… BOOM, Alvin Ailey’s classic, “Revelations“, dominates and you are blown away like never before. The person, in the seat next to you, whether you know them or not, becomes your close friend as together you groove to the beats. [Read more…]
The people you admire the most are the people who do the impossible.
Alvin Ailey‘s dancers therefore deserve the utmost admiration for what they do with the human body. They do what dance is — the body and how it moves becomes an art form. Not once during the performance did I think “hey, that guy who just flipped probably weighs a hundred and something pounds, and that other guy lifted him, and that must have be really hard.” I was surprised to see sweat on the dancers’ faces at the curtain call, the entire dance seemed so effortless.
I usually think that I don’t understand dance, that it’s pretty but sometimes pretentious. For some reason, however, the simple skill of the dancers made me forget any preconceptions. [Read more…]