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LINCOLN CENTER AT THE MOVIES Presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey’s "Revelations."
Courtesy of Gert Krautbauer
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey’s "Revelations."

Airs Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

LINCOLN CENTER AT THE MOVIES brings one of the world’s leading modern dance companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, to PBS this fall as part of the 2016 PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Designated by a U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” the Ailey Company is known for its spectacular range, diversity, and artistry.

These attributes are showcased in this episode of LINCOLN CENTER AT THE MOVIES, which culminates in a performance of the company’s beloved signature work, “Revelations,” the American dance masterpiece created by founder Alvin Ailey.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey’s "Revelations."
Courtesy of James R. Brantley
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey’s "Revelations."

Audiences will also get to see three dynamic pieces by acclaimed contemporary choreographers: “Chroma” by Wayne McGregor, “Grace” by Ronald K. Brown, and “Takademe” by the company’s Artistic Director Robert Battle.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Ronald K. Brown's "Grace."
Courtesy of Paul Kolnik
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Ronald K. Brown's "Grace."

In addition to the moving onstage performances, the television special incorporates behind-the-scenes pre-performance preparation, as well as interviews with several longtime Ailey dancers and artistic team members.

They share their personal take on the powerful impact of the Ailey company, describe the importance of each piece performed, and explain why audiences remain connected.

“We all have a dancer inside of us,” said Robert Battle. “What you witness when seeing the Ailey company is that it celebrates that dancer…so when you see this company, it’s about you.”

CONNECT:

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is on Facebook and Instagram. You can follow @WayneMcGregor on Twitter. Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company is on Facebook, Instagram, and you can follow @evidencedance on Twitter. Lincoln Center is on Facebook, and you can follow @LincolnCenter on Twitter.

CREDITS:

This special television presentation is produced by the same team behind the Emmy Award–winning series LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER on PBS. The executive producer is Andrew C. Wilk, and Matthew Diamond directs for television.