Dance Film: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Dance Film: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

7:15 pm | 1 hr 32 min | $15/$13 members/$6 children 12 and under

“ Amen!”  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in the internationally beloved “Revelations,” served-up with “Chroma” (Wayne McGregor), “Grace,” (Ronald K. Brown), and “Takademe”  (Robert Battle), is coming to Rosendale Theatre in their newly released HD presentation to be screened for the first time in the Hudson Valley.  This electrifying show, shot with 5 cameras and thrillingly edited, was captured in June 2015 at David H. Koch Theater, New York City for Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance.

The film opens with Wayne McGregor’s sumptuous “Chroma,” set to a score by Joby Talbot with orchestrations of songs by The White Stripes; it is a contemporary ballet full of sensory surprises, sumptuous movement, rock music played by an orchestra, and a luminous set by minimalist architect John Pawson.  Next on the bill is one of the most popular works in the Ailey repertory: “Grace,” choreographed by Ron K. Brown, a powerful meeting of modern and West African dance with a soundtrack by Duke Ellington, Roy Davis and Fela Kuti which spellbindingly depicts individuals on a journey to the Promised Land.  Ailey’s Artistic Director Robert Battle gives a very interesting interview; and then you will see his “Takademe” which mixes humor and high-flying movement in a savvy deconstruction of Indian Kathak dance rhythms. The presentation closes with an iconic masterpiece of American dance, Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations,” described by The New York Times as “one of the great works of the human spirit.” This stunning, soulful tour de force draws on African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues. It is a very popular program performed by one of America’s most popular dance ensembles.  – See more at: http://www.greatamericandance.com/AlvinAiley/#sthash.cO1lupnG.dpuf Recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled first performance in March 1958 that changed forever the perception of American dance.  The Ailey company has since been seen by an estimated 25 million people in 71 countries on six continents, as well as millions more on television, at cinemas, and online. Dance Film Sundays, a series which started in June 2010 under the auspices of the Rosendale Theatre Collective, are held on the 2nd Sunday of every month at Rosendale Theatre.