Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Kimmel Center Feb 3 & 4

Internationally-acclaimed dance company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts February 3 and 4, 2017 at the Merriam Theater, for a weekend of inspirational performances including new works and long-standing favorites, launching a 19-city North American tour.

The performances, taking place at the start of Black History Month, will feature works that explore the African American experience and social justice; including the Philadelphia Premiere of company member and former PHILADANCO dancer Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream., inspired by the speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with new music by Ali Jackson (of Jazz at Lincoln Center), and historic and original writings recorded by Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. (of Hamilton). The program will also feature the three-part work Untitled America by MacArthur Genius Kyle Abraham about the impact of the prison system on African American families, as well as Alvin Ailey’s American signature masterpiece Revelations.

“It is truly an honor for Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center to be the city and venue that launch this tour for such a prestigious company,” said Anne Ewers, President & CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “This program blends works old and new that share similar stories and themes; it showcases just how powerful a storyteller dance can be, transcending time and cultural divides.” The Philadelphia program will also feature Exodus, a work by Philadelphia-based choreographer Rennie Harris; Awakening by Robert Battle; and After the Rain by Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon.

The Philadelphia program will also feature Exodus, a work by Philadelphia-based choreographer Rennie Harris; Awakening by Robert Battle; and After the Rain by Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon.

PROGRAM

February 3, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
r-Evolution, Dream
Untitled
America Revelations

February 4, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
Exodus
Awakening
After the Rain
Revelations

February 4, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
r-Evolution
Dream
Untitled
America Revelations

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
Merriam Theater
February 3, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
February 4, 2017 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Tickets Tickets are available now and start at $26.00.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office.