The Call by Ronald K. Brown marks the choreographer's seventh work for Ailey. Photo by Paul Kolnik, courtesy Ailey

Ailey Celebrates 60 Years with Thrilling New Works

It's the 60th anniversary of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and their season at New York City Center is going strong with more than 20 works—including world premieres and company premieres.

Ronald K. Brown, who just received a Dance Magazine Award, has made his seventh work for Ailey, The Call. It's a gorgeous pastiche of three different types of music: Bach, jazz by singer Mary Lou Williams and Malian music by Asase Yaa Entertainment Group.


If you remember how exciting the Ailey dancers were in Wayne McGregor's Chroma, you should be looking forward to the company premiere of his Kairos, set to Max Richter's gorgeous gloss on Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

And Jessica Lang's EN, commissioned by Ailey last June, has both mystery and momentum. It's her first ballet for the company—but her hundredth as a freelance choreographer!

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