Kimmel Cultural Campus Presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as the company celebrates over 60 years of unparalleled artistry – happening at the Academy of Music on Friday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 29 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, January 30, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.
Renowned for celebrating the human spirit through the African American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the
Kimmel Cultural Campus after a sold-out engagement at the Academy of Music in 2019. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle and featuring Ailey’s extraordinary dancers, the company will move audiences with exciting premieres and beloved classics, including Ailey’s seminal work, the American classic Revelations.
“The arts are essential to the human experience, giving voice to thoughts and ideas that words alone cannot,” said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. “Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Artistic Director Robert Battle – celebrating ten years at Ailey’s helm – beautifully exemplify the power of the arts as a catalyst for change. We are delighted to welcome Ailey back in their historic 60th year, where we celebrate anew their important role as powerful storytellers and boundary breakers.”
Deeply committed to the health and safety of guests, artists, and staff and proudly certified by GBAC, the gold standard for infection prevention programs, the Kimmel Cultural Campus is requiring masks to be worn at all times, as well as proof of vaccination for those over 12. Guests under 12 will be required to show a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the event.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents.
Although he created 79 ballets over his lifetime, Mr. Ailey maintained that his company was not exclusively a repository for his own work. Today, the Company continues Mr. Ailey’s mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. In all, more than 235 works by over 90 choreographers have been part of the Ailey company’s repertory.
On December 4, 1988, Alvin Ailey received The Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime contribution to American culture through the performing arts – the nation’s highest official distinction for creative artists. Before his untimely death in 1989, Alvin Ailey named Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years, she brought the Company to unprecedented success. Ms. Jamison, in turn, personally selected Robert Battle to succeed her in 2011, and The New York Times declared he “has injected the company with new life.”
In 2020, the Ailey company reinvented the way it reaches audiences globally by creating Ailey All Access, a way for audiences to go online and stream full-length ballets from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II repertory for the first time, along with classes, conversations, and original short films. Ailey All Access won Time Out New York’s “Time In” Archive Treasure award for best archival streaming series.
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Academy of Music
January 28, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
January 29, 2022, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
January 30, 2022, 2:00 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999 or online
at www.kimmelculturalcampus.org. In-person ticket sales can be conducted daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Academy of Music Box Office, located at 240 S. Broad Street.
See www.kimmelculturalcampus.org for more information.