Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Returns

They’re back — they’re back. Graceful, amazing dancers, like two who trace their roots to the D.C. area, Jermaine Terry and Ghrai DeVore.

Yes, the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Kennedy Center for its annual appearance with seven performances, Feb. 6-11. And tickets are, as usual, going fast.

Under the tutelage of Artistic Director Robert Battle, the Company’s performances include two D.C. debuts, three new productions and a total of 10 works by a range of distinct choreographers.

Of the works being performed, Washington, D.C. premieres include “Members Don’t Get Weary” by Jamar Roberts and “Victoria” by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano.

Jermaine Terry
Jermaine Terry

New productions include “The Golden Section” by Twyla Tharp, “Stack-Up” by Talley Beatty and “Shelter” by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.

Returning favorites include several works from Battle (“Ella,” “The Hunt,” “Mass,” “In/Side”) and, of course, Ailey’s tour de force “Revelations,” which will be performed as the finale for all seven programs.

Look for our interviews with D.C. natives and Alvin Ailey dancers Jermaine Terry and Ghrai DeVore, online this weekend along with our review of the show.


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