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Alvin Ailey's dance troupe returns to JAX for one night

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, will travel to Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. for one performance only! The 25th season since the passing of legendary founder Alvin Ailey is led by Artistic Director Robert Battle who continues to expand the Company’s diverse repertory with a wide range of important choreographic voices. Exciting premieres and new productions give Ailey’s 30 extraordinary dancers even more ways to inspire audiences.

Scenes: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Antonio Douthit-Boyd
Scenes: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Antonio Douthit-Boyd
/ Photo by Andrew Eccles
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes back to JAX for 1 performance
/ The Artist Series

Repertory Favorites:
Home (2011)
Bold hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris, who worked alongside Judith Jamison and Robert Battle to create Love Stories for the company in 2004, choreographed this work set to a soul-lifting score of gospel house music. The work is inspired by stories submitted to the “Fight HIV Your Way contest of people living with or affected by HIV, an initiative of Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Petite Mort (1991/ Ailey Company Premiere- 2012)
This is a theatrical, visually surprising work showcasing the sensuality, humor and technique of six couples who intermingle with fencing foils and elaborate ball gowns in unforgettable duels. Set to Mozart’s popular Piano Concerto in A Major – Adagio, & Piano Concerto in C Major – Andante, it is first work by renowned European choreographer Jiří Kylián in the Ailey repertory.

Strange Humors (1998)
A thrillingly intense duet set to a propulsive score for strings and African drum by John Mackey. This riveting piece, choreographed by Robert Battle, pits two men against each other in surprising sequences that ignite with aggression and discord, mischievousness and humor, as the relationship between the two dancers builds to an exciting crescendo.

Revelations (1960) American classic acclaimed as a must‐see for all, Alvin Ailey’s signature masterpiece is a tribute to his heritage and genius. Using African-American religious music--spirituals--this suite fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

Audience members are also invited to join in the dance during their next New York City visit with a complimentary class for first time visitors of the Ailey Extension using a ticket stub from your Jacksonville Ailey performance. The Ailey Extension’s popular program of 80 weekly “real classes for real people” has been enjoyed by over 73,000 at Ailey’s building The Joan Weill Center for Dance, New York’s largest building dedicated to dance. Each “Ticket to Dance” special offer is good for one year from the performance date for first time students, and when purchasing a 10-class card for classes for returning students.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater inspires all in a universal celebration of the human spirit using the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Date: Tuesday February 25, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Times Union Center Performing Arts
     Moran Theater
     300 West Water St.
     Jacksonville, FL 32202

Tickets: Vary from $42.00 and are available at the Artist Series Box Office between 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, at (904) 442-BWAY {2929} or online 24/7 with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover.

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