Ailey II: Revelations and Other Works
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 8:00pm
MainStage, ’62 Center 1000 Main St, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA
The talented dancers of Ailey II are renowned for captivating audiences and translating their strength and agility into powerful performances. Under the
artistic direction of Troy Powell, this critically-acclaimed company presents vibrant performances and innovative community programs across the country
and internationally. The Ailey spirit shines as these artists perform an exhilarating
and diverse repertory that includes Alvin Ailey’s timeless classics and thrilling
new works by today’s outstanding emerging choreographers.
The program at Williams will be centered around the iconic 1960 piece Revelations, which uses African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs, and holy blues to explore the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. Alvin Ailey said that one of America’s richest treasures was the cultural heritage of the African-American —“sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.” This enduring
classic is a tribute to that heritage and to Ailey’s genius.
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