Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is currently performing at Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. I had the privilege of attending last night's show, which closed with the world-renowned performance of Ailey's 1960 piece Revelations. Starting in New York in 1958, Ailey led the Company, a group of African-American modern dancers, in changing the perception of American dance.
"In 2008, the U.S. Congress designated the Company as 'a vital American cultural ambassador to the world,' promoting the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage."
The Ailey dancers are truly perfection. Their movement is seamless. OCPAC offers rush tickets the night of the performance, one hour before curtain near the Will Call window, for students and seniors. Tickets are only $20 and $10 (bring cash) with I.D. You can still catch a show:
Tuesday-Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 2 & 7:30pm
Sunday at 2pm
This is one of the most beautiful performances I have ever seen. I might just sneak back for a second time this week. Here is a preview from Revelations...
Listening to Otis Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is"