Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater coming to SA

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Photo by Andrew Eccles

“…some of the greatest modern dancers in the United States, with choreography by masters coming from a rich source of creativity and exacting expertise. It’s well never runs dry.”Huffington Post on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Dance enthusiasts, lovers of live performance, theatre-goers and just about anyone with a penchant for creativity and spectacle will be thrilled to know that the globally acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is back in South Africa after 17 years. This September, thirteen shows will be performed in Johannesburg and Cape Town at Montecasino and Artscape, respectively.

The numbers say it all, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed on six continents, in 71 countries to an audience of approximately 25 million (and growing). A physical take on the triumph of the human spirit, this theatre company takes its inspiration from the American modern dance tradition and African-American cultural experience and performances are defined by outstanding athleticism and artistry, choreographed by some of the biggest and best names in the business.

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Described as one of the most extraordinary and uplifting theatrical events, Alvin Ailey’s signature masterpiece Revelations will also be performed within a dynamic and diverse repertoire that will keep audiences gasping for more. Other performances include Exodus (a world premiere from choreographer Rennie Harris), Night Creature (Alvin Ailey’s homage to jazz great Duke Ellington), as well as Robert Battle’s high-flying Takademe.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle will be coming to SA in September and says that audiences are in for a huge treat: “I’m proud to lead the company back to SA for the first time this century and excited for audiences there to experience uplifting performances by the world’s most amazing dancers.”


Johannesburg: Montecasino, Teatro (3-13 September)

Cape Town: Artscape (16-20 September)

You can buy tickets online at Computicket or contact: 0861 915 8000.

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The 2015 residency in SA is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies with major support from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the Ford Foundation, as well as travel and freight sponsors South African Airways and South African Airways Cargo.

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