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Alvin Ailey American Dance

When: Tue., April 22, 7:30 p.m. 2014

Alvin Ailey was an aesthetic pinball, conveying the broad bandwidth of African-American experience during his four decades in dance. His choreography careened among a bewildering array of influences, from Caribbean culture and the black church to Martha Graham, bebop and classical ballet. Ailey's company has kept that torch lit since his death in 1989, commissioning works that combine ethnography and theater with cutting-edge contemporary influences. On Tuesday night, Ailey's collaboration with Duke Ellington, The River, precedes a percussive new work, Lift. A second performance on Wednesday night features Ronald K. Brown's Four Corners, which fuses West African and street dancing; In/Side, a stunning new solo by artistic director Robert Battle; and the first section of D-Man in the Waters, Bill T. Jones' AIDS memorial. Both performances conclude with the company's signature piece, Ailey's Revelations.Byron Woods

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