Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, returns to the Fox Theatre, February 16-19 for five show-stopping performances featuring eight different dance works as part of a 22-city North American tour. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s extraordinary dancers will move audiences with world and company premieres by Kyle Abraham, Jamar Roberts, and Twyla Tharp. In addition to two repertory favorites by Robert Battle, founder Alvin Ailey’s choreography is spotlighted with a new production of Survivors for the first time ever, a dance from his legendary collaboration with Duke Ellington, and the must-see masterpiece Revelations as the finale of all performances.
The Thursday, Feb. 16 opening performance features acclaimed choreographer Twyla Tharp’s silky and sultry Roy’s Joys (1997), embodying the spontaneity of a 1940s and 50s jazz soundtrack by Roy Eldridge. Mixing vernacular dance with ballet and modern technique, Roy’s Joys exudes easy, carefree energy that shows Tharp, a contemporary of Mr. Ailey, at her rollicking best. A new production of Survivors (1986), Alvin Ailey’s impassioned tribute to the profound courage and terrible anguish of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, will be seen this season for the first time since 1988. A soundtrack of Max Roach’s richly varied drumming and Abbey Lincoln’s powerful vocals sets the emotional tone for a work that portrays people transformed by injustice and lifts up those who resist oppression in any form. This program repeats on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Ailey’s 2023 Atlanta Engagement Performance Dates and Times
Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. – Roy’s Joys / Survivors / Revelations
Friday, Feb. 17 at 10:30 a.m. – Student Performance (moderated by a Company member)
Speaking, Are You in Your Feelings? (excerpt), Speaking, Revelations, Speaking
Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. – In a Sentimental Mood, For Four/ Are You in Your Feelings? / Revelations
Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. – Night Creature, For Four / Unfold / Revelations *
Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. – Roy’s Joys / Survivors / Revelations
Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. – In a Sentimental Mood, For Four/ Are You in Your Feelings? / Revelations
*Family Matinee followed by free Q&A featuring Artistic Director Robert Battle
Tickets for Ailey’s 2023 Atlanta engagement from Feb. 16 to 19 are on sale starting at $29 at The Fox Theatre box office, 660 Peachtree Street NE, www.alvinailey.org, www.foxatltix.com or by calling 855-285-8499. Save 25% on tickets $39 or higher when you purchase by December 24 using code CHEER (limited to 8 tickets per order and subject to availability).
- Student tickets are available for all performances except Saturday, Feb. 18 matinee for $15 or two for $25 with a valid student ID. Tickets must be purchased at the Fox Theatre box office (limit two per ID and subject to availability).
- Groups of 10 or more can receive up to 25% off by calling 404-881-2000 or completing a request form online (discounts applied to tickets regularly priced $39 or higher).