Performing Arts

World-renowned Ailey Dance Theater returns to New Orleans after nine years

Two different performances by the company are planned for its 60th anniversary

It’s been nine years since New Orleanians were given the chance to see the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

Thanks in part to the New Orleans Ballet Association, that’s about to change this weekend. As part of the company’s 60th anniversary, two completely different performances will take place Friday and Saturday at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

The Friday program will feature one of the company’s most well-known pieces, “Revelations.” The dance is considered to be Ailey’s signature masterpiece.

The program will also feature music from Earth, Wind & Fire and saxophonist Grover Washington Jr.

Saturday’s performance will feature “Members Don’t Get Weary” by Jamal Roberts, “Ella” and “Juba” by Robert Battle, and “EN”
by Jessica Lang.

“EN” is a new work created specifically for the company’s 60th anniversary, titled by the Japanese word with multiple meanings of circle, destiny, fate or karma. It is Lang’s 100th ballet, but her first choreographed for Ailey’s main company.

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