Excerpts Honoring Carmen de Lavallade
These excerpts are part of a special evening honoring dance icon Carmen de Lavallade, a close friend of Alvin Ailey’s who first introduced him to dance when they were high school students in Los Angeles. The two later journeyed to New York where they starred together on Broadway in Truman Capote’s House of Flowers. She went on to have an illustrious career in dance, theater, and films, and returned to perform as a guest star with the Company throughout the years.
The Call (World Premiere)
Drawing on themes of spiritual awakening and redemption, Ronald K. Brown’s newest work joyously mixes modern and West African movements in “a beauty of a dance [that] speaks to the spirit of Ailey" (The New York Times).
New Moultrie (World Premiere)
The lasting impact of a teacher’s influence on a young child is at the heart of this world premiere by Darrell Grand Moultrie, who The New York Times has called “someone to watch” for his “playful wit and uncommon skill.” Using 12 dancers and an original score, Moultrie reflects on the legacies that we’re all a part of and the universal journey that each person takes to find – and share – their passion.
Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. More than just a popular dance work, it has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans.