Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – a Vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World” – to Make Historic Debut in United Arab Emirates with
Five Performances at Dubai Opera October 4-6, 2018
“The most exciting dance company in the world!” Huffington Post
“Unbelievable. Go see Ailey. It’s change-your-life good.” NBC’s Today Show
14th February 2018, Dubai, UAE: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s most beloved dance companies, is set to make its United Arab Emirates debut at Dubai Opera, from 4-6th October 2018 with five exceptional performances.
Having performed to an estimated 25 million people in 71 countries and 6 continents, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will now perform two diverse programmes of extraordinary ballets at Dubai Opera, including Revelations, the must-see American masterpiece Alvin Ailey created in 1960 that has been experienced by more audiences around the world than any other work of modern dance.
60 years after its founding, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to move forward under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Battle, revealing once again why it remains one of the world’s most renowned dance companies.
“Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s historic first visit to Dubai will extend an unparalleled legacy of extensive international tours by the Company, recognized as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” stated Artistic Director Robert Battle. “Ailey’s inspiring performances will touch the hearts and minds of audiences of all backgrounds, regardless of their experience with concert dance. Following in the footsteps of our legendary founder, we look forward to breaking new ground with an unforgettable debut on the Dubai Opera stage.”
Jasper Hope, Chief Executive of Dubai Opera commented: “I have no doubt that the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is going to wow Dubai with its mind-blowing works and live up to its name as one of the most exciting dance companies in the world.”
Founded by Alvin Ailey in 1958, the New York City based dance company is renowned for revolutionizing modern dance. Ailey’s 32 extraordinary dancers continue to uplift with their unparalleled artistry, passion, and versatility. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed to audiences worldwide and is a pioneer in establishing a multi-racial company that presents works by both its founder and other choreographic masters. The Company moves audiences using the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition in a universal celebration of the human spirit.
Bank of America is the International Tour Sponsor of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
What: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
When: 4, 5, 6 October, 2018
Times: Thu Oct 4 at 20:00 – Fri Oct 5 at 15:00 & 20:00 – Sat Oct 6 at 15:00 & 20:00
Ticket prices: AED 250 / AED 450 / AED 650 / AED 850
Telephone: Dubai Opera 04 440 8888 and Virgin Megastore 04 435 9318
What the press said:
“The crowd starts cheering before the curtain goes up.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
“The American Dance Theater by Alvin Ailey is without a doubt one of the best dance companies in the world.”
DIE WELT (GERMANY)
“If there’s one dance company who can make you, the audience, want to get up and dance, it’s Alvin Ailey.”
THE EVENING STANDARD (LONDON, UK)
“Energy and excitement are the hallmarks of Ailey’s performance style.”
THE TIMES (UK)
“If you haven’t seen Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, you haven’t seen dance…[they’re] the most exciting dance company in the world. If you’ve never seen them perform, you have no idea what the human body can do, in terms of sheer grace, control, elegance, strength, and athleticism.”
THE HUFFINGTON POST (america)
“During the course of its nearly six decades as a cultural phenomenon, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has created a unique and enduring bond with its audiences.”
CHICAGO SUN TIMES(america)
“An international powerhouse known for explosive and appealing modern dance.”
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION(america)
Notes to Editors
About Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater:
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” grew from a now‐fabled March 1958 performance in New York that changed forever the perception of American dance. Founded by Alvin Ailey, recent posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian honor, and guided by Judith Jamison beginning in 1989, the Company is now led by Robert Battle, whom Judith Jamison chose to succeed her on July 1, 2011. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 25 million people in 71 countries on 6 continents – as well as millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings, and online platforms – promoting the uniqueness of the African‐American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance tradition. In addition to being the Principal Dance Company of New York City Center, where its performances have become a year‐end tradition, the Ailey company performs annually at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami‐Dade County in Miami, The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark where it is the Principal Resident Affiliate, and appears frequently in other major theaters throughout the United States and the world during extensive yearly tours. The Ailey organization also includes Ailey II (1974), a second performing company of emerging young dancers and innovative choreographers; The Ailey School (1969), one of the most extensive dance training programs in the world; Ailey Arts in Education & Community Programs, which brings dance into the classrooms, communities and lives of people of all ages; and The Ailey Extension (2005), a program offering dance and fitness classes to the general public, which began with the opening of Ailey’s permanent home—the largest building dedicated to dance in New York City, the dance capital of the world —named The Joan Weill Center for Dance, at 55th Street at 9th Avenue in New York City. For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.
About Dubai Opera:
Dubai Opera is a truly unique venue and the city’s first purpose built multi-format performing arts theatre, situated in the heart of Downtown Dubai. With an iconic dhowshaped design rooted in Emirati heritage, Dubai Opera offers the ultimate flexibility of a proscenium arch theatre, an acoustic concert hall and a 2000m2 flat floor event space, and is the definitive destination for quality entertainment productions and performances. Dubai Opera’s stage hosts an incredible array of world-class talent, with opera, ballet and classical music concerts and productions at the core, Dubai Opera also stages musical theatre, fashion shows, jazz, comedy, family shows and a full range of live entertainment.
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