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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Prog 1, Sadler's Wells | reviews, news & interviews

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Prog 1, Sadler's Wells

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Prog 1, Sadler's Wells

Times are changing at last for the iconic black dance company

Samuel Lee Roberts in Robert Battle's In/Side: a new voice in an iconic company© Paul Kolnik

Alvin Ailey dancers have been dancing about survival, grit, positivity and joy in the Lord for half a century now, and even though the parents of last night’s dancers may not have been born when Ailey did the unthinkable and launched a black dance company in the dark days of 1958 America, the company still evidently has an urge to rejoice running in its veins.

Ailey girls must be some of the most beautiful creatures on a stage anywhere

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Exhilarating, fresh, an incredibile mixture of tradition and innovation. You captured it beautifully.

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