The Alvin Ailey Dancers + Barton
On March 30th, 1958, the Alvin Ailey dancers performed for the first time at New York’s 92nd Street YM-YWHA. Audiences were shocked to see this troupe of young, technically trained African American dancers performing modern ballet choreography to a diverse range of music that included gospel, the blues and traditional African spirituals.
When leader Alvin Ailey passed in 1989, he was succeeded by two other remarkable talents: Judith Jamison who then chose Robert Battle as her successor in 2011. The Alvin Ailey dancers have performed the work of more than 90 choreographers for more than 25 million people in more than 70 countries.
Included in their repertoire is the 2020 ‘Busk’ – choreographed by the renowned, Canadian born choreographer: Aszure Barton. In it, Barton and the Alvin Ailey dancers ‘invite us to enjoy the fragility, tenderness, and resilience that exist within the human experience. Set to a spirited score, Busk has been described as watching the physical unfurling of the human psyche.’
Header Photo: Paul Kolnik