INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED ALVIN AILEY® AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY AT ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER
Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House Welcomes
Trailblazing Company for Inspiring and Historic Performances
APRIL 16 – 19, 2009
8:00PM EVENING PERFORMANCES, 2:00PM MATINEE PERFORMANCES
TICKETS: $20 - $120
MIAMI, FL March 6, 2009 – Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County proudly co-presents Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater's 50th Anniversary celebration during their historic visit to the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House from April 16 – 19, 2009. The world-renowned dance company has embarked on a 50-city global tour to share with audiences the beauty, power, and passion that are Ailey hallmarks.
Having performed in 71 countries across six continents, Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater is the most-traveled dance company in the world and was recently recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American "Cultural Ambassador to the World." A universal beacon of inspiration over the last five decades, the Company uplifts and enlightens audiences in a universal celebration of the human spirit using the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition.
"Each time the curtain goes up, Alvin Ailey's genius and humanity touches hearts and minds through dance that expresses life's joys, sorrows and ultimate truths," expressed Artistic Director Judith Jamison. "During our golden anniversary, I am so proud to share with South Florida audiences his pioneering vision that continues to shine brightly in the brilliant artistry of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater."
The Ailey Company's 31 extraordinary dancers, including Miami natives Amos J. Machanic, Jr., Jamar Roberts and Yusha-Marie Sorzano, will perform exciting premieres, new productions and revered classics including: Alvin Ailey's Blues Suite, first seen at the Company's premiere performance in 1958; Anniversary Highlights, a new program with excerpts of 12 ballets; Festa Barocca, a world premiere featuring the entire company; and Suite Otis, Tony-winner George Faison's tribute to Otis Redding. All performances will conclude with the legendary Revelations and open with Alvin Ailey ® American Dance Theater at 50 – a Golden Anniversary Celebration, a short film commemorating the Company's rich history.