Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


The company really came through with this one!  I was disappointed a few weeks ago at the December 9 performance.


But this one rocked!


Often recorded music, but in this special, there was live music – Wynton Marsalis in a sixteen piece jazz band.  Duke Ellington’s music live–big band–saxes, a real concert grand piano, great drummer, trumpets and trombones.   The way it is supposed to be played.


The first number, “The River,” choreographed by Ailey himself, was fabulous as was the rest of the program.  Among the many excerpts was the song “Sinner Man.”  The dancing was outrageous–I loved it!  The program ended with the Ailey classic “Revelations,” a group of gospel/spiritual numbers which always brings the house down.


Personally, I find the trend to standing ovations for everything objectionable.  It used to mean something.  It has lost that meaning.


But I stood for this performance along with the rest of the audience.  The music and the movement were made for each other.  This was the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at its best.


Performances at the City Center on 55th Street.  Still seats available but hurry.


December 21, 2008, evening performance