Alvin Ailey dance theater kicked off the holiday season with singer, and activist Solange Knowles. The Seat at the Table artist addressed the New York City Center audience, who came to witness An Evening of Ailey and Jazz, the kickoff for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s holiday season, Wednesday evening.
Solange, who had a “fan girl” moment (as she referred to it) with dance royalty Judith Jamison, was also joined by Debra L. Lee, Ledisi, Tamron Hall, Savion Glover and LaLa Anthony.
The evening’s performance didn’t disappoint and, naturally, featured dances that were a confluence of jazz and modern dance. On the cusp of the 100th anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birthday, Artistic Director Robert Battle paid homage to the iconic musician in a piece titled Ella. The evening also included excerpts from John Butler’s Portrait of Billie, with a lively portrayal of Billie Holiday. And no Ailey performance would be complete without Revelations, a modern-dance tradition, which was performed with live singers and musicians.
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