Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Will Have a Multi-12 months Residency at The Music Heart
The Music Heart and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater collectively introduced that the esteemed New York-based dance firm, adored by Los Angeles audiences for greater than twenty years, will carry out for 4 consecutive years at The Music Heart’s iconic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, starting with the 2023-2024 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Heart. The multi-year residency is the primary of its type within the practically 60-year historical past of The Music Heart’s dance shows.
“This unprecedented multi-year partnership solid between The Music Heart and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is an ideal match. Since debuting on our stage 25 years in the past, the corporate’s highly effective performances have constantly moved and introduced boundless pleasure to numerous Angelenos and performing arts lovers,” stated Rachel S. Moore, president and CEO of The Music Heart. “Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s dedication to social justice, reflecting the advanced occasions we dwell in, and to unparalleled creative talent makes the corporate a unprecedented associate to The Music Heart. It’s an honor to have Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater make The Music Heart its Los Angeles residence for the following 4 years. Angelenos and audiences of all ages and backgrounds could have extra alternatives to expertise firsthand why the corporate is such a cultural phenomenon.”
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater first appeared at The Music Heart in 1998 with groundbreaking performances of George Faison’s 1971 work Slaves, Ulysses Dove’s 1984 Dangerous Blood and Ailey’s 1960 Revelations. Since its debut at The Music Heart, the acclaimed firm has returned to carry out for Los Angeles audiences a powerful 11 occasions (2001, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019-2021).
“I am proud that Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is becoming a member of with The Music Heart on this extraordinary partnership bringing the work of Alvin Ailey and immediately’s most important choreographers to Angelenos,” stated Inventive Director Robert Battle. “For greater than 20 years, the corporate has returned to the stage of Dorothy Chandler Pavilion time and time once more, and we’re thrilled it is going to be the house to share the magic of Ailey with audiences yearly for years to come back.”
Apart from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s triumph in bringing Los Angeles audiences to their toes, the connection between the extremely revered dance firm and The Music Heart runs deep. The corporate’s Affiliate Inventive Director Matthew Dashing is a local of Los Angeles. As a highschool scholar, Dashing competed in The Music Heart’s Highlight program in 1991, a free nationally acclaimed performing arts competitors, scholarship and creative growth program for Southern California teenagers. Dashing excelled by means of the rigorous yearlong program to grow to be a Grand Prize Finalist within the non-classical dance class; he had the enviable alternative to carry out in entrance of a dwell viewers inside The Music Heart’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. After receiving a scholarship to The Ailey Faculty, he shortly grew to become a member of Ailey II after which Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1992. Along with turning into famend as one of many nice male dancers on the American stage, he additionally choreographed 4 ballets for the corporate, together with: Uptown (2009), a tribute to the Harlem Renaissance and ODETTA (2014), a celebration of “the queen of American people music” known as the voice of the Civil Rights Motion.
“It’s a surreal expertise to have Ailey and The Music Heart, two nice establishments that had an unbelievable impression on my life as an artist, come collectively to carry artistry, spirit and beauty to Angelenos,” stated Dashing. “I am proud and moved by this full circle.”
Along with collaborating within the Dance at The Music Heart collection, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is partnering with The Music Heart’s programming division, TMC Arts, to create particular occasions, talks, festivals, grasp lessons and in-school residencies that present alternatives for the general public to be taught in regards to the choreography and interact in creative and cultural experiences associated to the corporate’s work. Most not too long ago, in 2023, the Ailey Arts In Schooling & Neighborhood Packages visited a number of center colleges within the county for a weeklong arts-learning expertise. This system started with an expert growth workshop for educators, adopted by classroom workshops for college students that examined the work and historic impression of Alvin Ailey, a writing venture on college students’ self-reflection and a dialogue on the choreography of the Ailey masterpiece Revelations. Later this 12 months, The Music Heart will work with the Ailey firm to supply an AileyDance for Energetic Growing older workshop to older adults at an area senior facility.
Ailey Govt Director Bennett Rink stated, “We’re delighted to announce this long-term settlement with one of many nation’s most essential performing arts establishments, The Music Heart. Los Angeles is town the place Mr. Ailey skilled as a dancer and launched his profession. Though the corporate he based is proudly rooted in New York, each go to of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to Los Angeles is ultimately a homecoming.”
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will carry out on March 20-24, 2024 throughout The Music Heart’s 2023-2024 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Heart. Extra particulars in regards to the firm’s works, in addition to the whole upcoming dance season, will likely be introduced quickly. Study the newest information and updates in regards to the upcoming season by following The Music Heart on social media @musiccenterla.
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