The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater is on tour, and it’s coming to Houston. It’s been a hot ticket every time it’s come through, and there’s a good chance it will sell out when it hits Jones Hall on March 16 and 17. The show will have an assortment of classics and contemporary favorites, including Revelations, which is its most well-known work. Whether you’ve seen the company a million times or you’ve never had the pleasure, get your tickets so you can enjoy the masterpiece in person.
Revelations – Anything but Dated
When you see the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater perform Revelations, you will be amazed how the current dancers have managed to make it fresh and new. It still has the same gospel score, and the dancers still infuse moves with showmanship and sincerity, but they manage to make it feel current. As Revelations moves through Sinner Man to You May Run and other songs, you will be at the edge of your seat, feeling every emotion and understanding the meaning behind the movement. This is true, even if you’ve already seen this performance in the past. It’s the same, yet very different.
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Members Don’t Get Weary – A Meaty Middle
The dance company is most known for Revelations, but it will start with Stack-Up and then move into Members Don’t Get Weary before Revelations, its finale. Stack-Up is amazing in its own right, but Members Don’t Get Weary will blow you away. This is the first dance that Jamar Roberts choreographed for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, and it’s set to the music of the one and only John Coltrane. The choreography sheds light on the struggle that so many Americans have faced over the years. At times slow and deliberate, and at other times bold and intense, it’s impossible to be the same person after watching this performance. It might even bring you to tears.
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