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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Exclusive SoCal Engagement

Segerstrom Center for the Arts proudly welcomes the return of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in an exclusive Southern California engagement April 18 – 22, 2018. The Company will dance new programs that feature five works never before seen at the Center and several set to music by legends of the jazz world.

The three Southern California Premieres are – Members Don’t Get Weary (2017), choreographed by Bessie Award Winner Jamal Roberts to music of John Coltrane, Victoria (2017) choreographed by Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano to music by Michael Gordon, and a new production of Mass (2004/2017) choreographed by Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle to music of John Mackey. Two works new to Segerstrom Center are Ella (2008) to music of Ella Fitzgerald and In/Side (2008) to music of Nina Simone.

The programming also includes beloved Ailey classics The Golden Section (1983) choreographed by Twyla Tharp to music of David Byrne, Stack-Up (1982) choreographed by Talley Beatty to music of Earth, Wind & Fire, Grover Washington, Jr., Fearless Four and Alphonze Mouzon, and the American Masterpiece Revelations (1960) choreographed by Alvin Ailey.

These works are performed in three different programs from April 19-22. In addition, the engagement opens on April 18 with Discover Ailey, a special hour-long moderated performance that includes complete performances of Members Don’t Get Weary, Ella and Revelations. Discover Ailey is an ideal introduction to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and the Company’s energy, artistry and spirit of dance.

Tickets starting at $19 are specially priced for this unique and informative evening. In anticipation of the Company’s return to the Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s stay begins with its popular FREE Ailey community dance event – Revelations Celebration – on Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza.

Visitors of all ages are invited to participate and engage with Company performers, teaching artists, and to enjoy other activities as well. Acclaimed Company teaching artist Nasha Thomas-Schmitt, master teacher for Arts In Education and former AAADT star, will teach the distinctive movements from three of the most well-known pieces in the Company’s cornerstone work, Revelations, including “Rocka My Soul,” “Wade in the Water” and “I’ve ‘Been Buked.” Fans and novices alike are welcome!

Ticket prices for the full performances April 19 – 22 start at $29. Tickets for Discover Ailey on April 18 start at $19. Tickets for all performances are now available online at, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket discounts, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.

Free Preview Talks by Company members will be conducted one hour prior to each performance. The Friday evening, April 20 Preview Talk will be sign-language interpreted. Audiences can also participate in a number of fun and informative pre-show activities. Artists and program are subject to change.

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