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Ailey II

The Next Generation of Dance

Troy Powell, Artistic Director

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 • 8PM

Smothers Theatre

As a part of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Ailey II continues the legacy of its founder Alvin Ailey by celebrating the American modern dance heritage and preserving the uniqueness of the African American cultural experience. Universally renowned for its "dynamic movement and dazzling technique" (Broadway Dance World), the members of Ailey II are "spectacular human beings" (New York Times). alvinailey.org

Program

TRACKS

Uri Sands, in collaboration with the dancers of Ailey II, created Tracks, a work that braids together ballet, modern, and urban dance techniques. The soundtrack, ranging from The O'Jays to Pharrell and Snoop Dogg, underscores the powerful movement which examines racial, sexual, and economic divisions in our world today.

 

WHERE THERE ARE TONGUES

Where There Are Tongues is inspired by the idea that we are all in this world together, succeeding or failing as a collective. The rhythmically complex music, by French a cappella group Lo Còr De La Plana, couples with Shelver's quirky style to make dance theater that will set pulses racing.

 

BREAKING POINT

Jamaican-born choreographer Renee I. McDonald's Breaking Point is an intense depiction of the fight for our heart's desire. Whether it is love, friendship, forgiveness, or a secret longing – these things can take us to our limit. Suitably paired with the bold and pulsating sounds of Audiomachine, McDonald's high-powered, modern-based choreography captures the willpower and frenzy it takes to keep up "the fight" until you hit your breaking point. 

$20–$50

Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts

Box Office

310.506.4522

 

Open Monday through Friday, noon to 5 PM,
and two hours prior to most performances.