Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is currently performing at the New York City Center through January 5th with multiple selections of choice material. On Friday December 13th I saw four pieces that were all choreographed by Alvin Ailey himself back in the 60’s and 70’s and were set to Duke Ellington’s music.
Linda Celeste Sims who was the featured dancer in the second piece, Pas De Duke, was my favorite. Her movements were fluid, she brought sass to her character and she was overall mesmerizing to watch. The final piece, Revelations, was a compilation of spirituals. Being a gospel music lover, it was pure joy to see the dancers perform pieces such as “Wade in the Water” and “Fix Me, Jesus”.
It was two hours of pure, exhilarating movements. Watching the dancers gracefully float around the stage was captivating. I’m unsure how anyone could not love it. The dancing was incredible, however, the audience was phenomenal as well. They were very gracious. Between pieces they clapped, cheered and yipped. The energy in the room was magnetic and it’s very true, when audience is participating, those on stage feel it and thrive off of it.
If you have time this holiday season, I would suggest a night of dance. Alvin Ailey dance company will not disappoint. For more information check out: http://www.alvinailey.org/
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