Celebrating 50 years with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater!


Cal Performances honors a partnership that began a half-century ago, in 1968, with the first UC Berkeley performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Now under the direction of Robert Battle, the company continues to make work that "feeds the soul," mining the artistic legacy of its founder, and nurturing a new generation of choreographers steeped in the African-American experience. With repertoire that looks back to seminal works like Ailey's own Revelations, and new material that engages with vital social movements, the company creates dances with the power to transform. "The current Ailey dancers inhabit Revelations as if it were freshly made, and perform it with irresistible élan" (The Guardian, London).

Program A (4/10, 4/14 MAT)
TALLEY BEATTY Stack-Up (1982) (music: various contemporary)
JAMAR ROBERTS Members Don't Get Weary (2017) (West Coast Premiere) (music: John Coltrane)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)

Program B (4/11, 4/12, 4/15)
ROBERT BATTLE Mass (2004) (Company West Coast Premiere) (music: John Mackey)
BATTLE Ella (2008) (music: Ella Fitzgerald)
JAWOLE WILLA JO ZOLLAR Shelter (1988) (music: Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn)
BATTLE The Hunt (2001) (music: Les Tambours du Bronx)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)

Program C (4/13, 4/14 EVE)
TWYLA THARP The Golden Section (1983) (music: David Byrne)
GUSTAVO RAMIREZ SANSANO Victoria (2017) (West Coast Premiere) (music: Michael Gordon)
BATTLE Ella (2008) (music: Ella Fitzgerald)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)


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Videos

Berkeley RADICAL 2017/18 Transcending Borders
Watch to learn more about Cal Performances' groundbreaking and dynamic artistic programming philosophy.


Berkeley RADICAL 2017/18 Season: Robert Battle/Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Joining Generations)


Cal Performances 2017/18 Season: Robert Battle and Matías Tarnopolsky In Conversation


Berkeley RADICAL 2017/18 Season: Joining Generations


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (2002-03)


Welcome to Ailey's Official YouTube Channel


Behind the Scenes of Victoria


Mass


Members Don't Get Weary Behind the Scenes Part 1: Movement


Members Don't Get Weary Behind the Scenes Part 2: Musicality & Jazz


Revelations


Shelter


The Golden Section by Twyla Tharp


The Hunt

Program Notes


Program notes are available online. [PDF]

Donor Benefits

AileyCamp
15th Anniversary of AileyCamp

AileyCamp!
AileyCamp, the nationally acclaimed summer youth program, conceived by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and locally produced by Cal Performances, teaches life lessons through ballet, modern, jazz and African dance to Berkeley/Oakland middle school students. Follow three AileyCampers from beginning impressions through the grand finale performance at the end of the six week experience. (Length: 8:25)