Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Alvin Ailey American Dance troupe returns to JAX

Following a five-week season launch in New York City, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will continue to grace stages from coast to coast, arriving at Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center for one performance only!

Alvin Ailey’s 32 extraordinary dancers will inspire audiences in exciting premieres, new productions, and Alvin Ailey’s must-see American Masterpiece, Revelations.  World premieres will include Ailey Star Jamar Roberts’ Members Don’t Get Weary and Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s Victoria.  The tour also features the Company premiere of Robert Battle’s Mass, and new productions of works by Twyla Tharp, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and Talley Beatty in celebration of his upcoming centennial.

Artistic Director Robert Battle leads Ailey’s 32 extraordinary dancers as they continue the Company’s legacy of using the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition to uplift, unite, and enlighten. The tour’s expansive repertory – which varies from city to city – includes returning favorites, new productions, and world premieres by some of the freshest choreographic voices in modern dance.

Ailey star Jamar Roberts’ Members Don’t Get Weary is his first world premiere for the Company, which he joined in 2002. Roberts says the work is “a response to the current social landscape in America,” and “takes an abstract look into the notion of one ‘having the blues.’” Set to the powerful music of the legendary jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane 50 years after his death, the work aims to allow the audience to momentarily transcend their own personal blues.

Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s work takes the Ailey stage for the first time with his world premiere, Victoria. Spanish for “victory,” the work is a tribute to the triumph of good over evil. Set to an adaptation of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony by award-winning composer Michael Gordon, Victoria features Sansano’s signature whimsy, theatricality, and physicality. Sansano’s work – hailed for its originality and expressiveness – has appeared on companies around the world, including Nederlands Dans Theater, Compañía Nacional de Danza, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Hispánico, and Atlanta Ballet.

Nearly 60 years after its founding, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to move forward under the leadership of Robert Battle, revealing once again why it remains one of the world’s most beloved dance companies. Come see why The Huffington Post proclaimed, “If you haven’t seen Alvin Ailey, you haven’t seen dance…the most exciting dance company in the world,” and The Chicago Sun-Times called the Company “more electrifying than ever.” For more information, visit

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Tour
DATE: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

Times Union Center Performing Arts
      Moran Theater
      300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS: start at $43.50 plus applicable fees, and may be purchased 24/7 online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show); or by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 442-2947 or emailing

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