Thursday, March 29, 2012

“Arden Court” - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater [Video]

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For the first time, the Ailey dancers will perform a work by the modern American genius Paul Taylor. Set to William Boyce’s sumptuous baroque score, this romantic masterpiece has been hailed by The New York Times for “the irresistible pleasure of its dancing.”

Company member Kirven James Boyd has literally jumped into the spotlight this year as the featured dancer on Ailey’s 2011-12 season poster in a pose from the “Sinner Man” section of Mr. Ailey’s Revelations.

“Right now we're rehearsing Arden Court by Paul Taylor and Home by Rennie Harris, both of which are premieres for the Company. This experience is one of many reasons why I wanted to be a part of Ailey. We get to work with so many choreographers; it challenges us to forget what we know and become something different. If we fully commit to that, then we learn a great deal about ourselves as artists and people.

I really love the musicality of Arden Court, which we rehearse in the early afternoon. The Taylor style of modern dance is challenging because there's a lot of movement and a lot of freedom, but there are also lots of specifics within the shapes in which we're asked to move.”

– Kirven James Boyd

See Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater present “Arden Court” during Program A performances on:

April 11 at 7:30 pm
April 13 at 7:30 pm
April 14 at 8:00 pm

For groups of 10 or more, please call 312.431.2357.

Click HERE for single tickets and more information.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

$15 Student Tickets Available for American Ballet Theatre's Giselle

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Get Tickets
  • In person at the Auditorium box office (50 E. Congress Pkwy)
  • One hour before show time
  • Two tickets per valid college ID
  • Tickets cannot be reserved in advance

NOTE: Student Rush tickets are last minute tickets sold at the discretion of the presenter. Policies may vary. Tickets and locations are subject to availability and cannot be reserved in advance.

Giselle follows the story of a young woman who dies suddenly of a broken heart after discovering her love is betrothed to another. She then becomes a spirit, part of the clan of Wilis who haunt the forest at night, taking revenge upon the men who wander into their presence. In a story often compared to as "the Hamlet of Ballet," can true love really conquer all?
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“Home” with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater [Video]

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Home (Ailey Chicago Premiere)

The bold hip-hop choreographer, Rennie Harris, returns to the Ailey company to create a new work set to a soul-lifting score of gospel house music and inspired by the stories of people living with or affected by HIV.

“In Home, we're getting to learn a great deal about different styles of house dancing. The challenge in this piece is to give full value to the steps while conveying a message of spirituality, taking the audience on an emotional journey. Mr. Harris is really clear about giving us the correct way to do the movement. As artists, we have to leave what we've done in Arden Court and really get down into the groove of what he's asking of us. This is what keeps me inspired.”

– Kirven James Boyd, Company Member

See Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater present “Home” during Program B performances on:

April 12 at 7:30 pm
April 14 at 2:00 pm
April 15 at 3:00 pm

For groups of 10 or more, please call 312.431.2357.

Click HERE for single tickets and more information.

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