Behind “Hamilton” tickets, tickets for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater are some of the most sought after in Chicago when they visit. Don’t miss the three Chicago premieres along with new works at the Auditorium Theatre.
For 47 years the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has been bringing its mix of ballet, jazz, modern dance, and African dance to Chicago. Led by Robert Battle, two of the premieres and one of the new productions this year are heavily-focused on social justice and how art helps propel social movements. “rEvolution, Dream.” is a premiere inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. with music from Ali Jackson, narrated by Leslie Odom Jr., and created by Hope Boykin. MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham delves into how the prison system has affected African American families in the premiere of “Untitled America.” Set to the music of trumpeter and composer Hugh Masekela, “Masekela Langage” is an Ailey piece from 1969 that compares South African apartheid to the violence in Chicago in the 1960s.
The other premiere will be “Deep” by Mauro Bigonzetti. “Deep” is set to the music of rising global stars Ibeyi, French Cuban twin sisters who sing in English and the West African language Yoruba. Other Chicago company premieres include a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and a contemporary interpretation of Maurice Ravel’s “Boléro.”
While the new works and premieres are great to see, audiences will also be treated by the company’s signature work “Revelations.” Using spirituals, holy blues, gospel, and song-sermons, this piece examines the grief, joy, and tenacity of African American heritage. It is a piece that is a sight to see whether you’ve seen it once or every time it’s been performed.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., March 22–26. Tickets start at $33. For showtimes and more information visit auditoriumtheatre.org/shows/alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater.