Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will premiere nationally on PBS on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.
As part of their 2016 Arts Fall Festival, PBS brings one of the world’s leading modern dance companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, to the series Lincoln Center at the Movies. In addition to the moving onstage performances, the television special incorporates behind-the-scenes pre-performance preparation, as well as interviews with several longtime Ailey dancers and artistic team members. They share their personal take on the powerful impact of the Ailey company, describe the importance of each piece performed, and explain why audiences remain connected.
Designated by a U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” the Ailey Company is known for its spectacular range, diversity, and artistry. The program consists of three dynamic pieces by acclaimed contemporary choreographers: “Chroma” by Wayne McGregor, “Grace” by Ronald K. Brown, and “Takademe” by the company’s Artistic Director Robert Battle.