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Dance
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Robert Battle, artistic director
Masazumi Chaya, associate artistic director

The revered Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—which first visited Cal Performances 50 years ago in 1968—returns to Berkeley for its annual residency. The company's program spans the full range of experience and emotion, from Jawole Willa Jo Zollar's Shelter, which explores the plight of the homeless, to artistic director Robert Battle's joyful jazz tribute, Ella. The residency also includes three Bay Area premieres—the Cal Performances co-commission Lazarus, a new ballet by hip hop pioneer Rennie Harris, inspired by Ailey's life and legacy; Ronald K. Brown's The Call, which blends Bach, jazz, and Malian music; and Jessica Lang's vivid, celebratory work, EN. Two matinees feature Timeless Ailey, a retrospective piece spanning 30 years of Ailey's choreography, and culminate in his best-loved work, Revelations.

Please note performance date and program changes that affect Programs B and E.

Wednesday, April 10 ticket holders: please see below for important information regarding a rescheduling of this performance to Sunday, April 14 at 7:30pm.


Program A (APR 9 & 13, 8pm)

RENNIE HARRIS
Lazarus (2018) (Bay Area Premiere) (Cal Performances Co-commission) (music: Darrin Ross)
ALVIN AILEY
Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spirituals)
Program B (APR 12, 8pm)**
JAMAR ROBERTS
Members Don't Get Weary (2017)
JAWOLE
WILLA JO ZOLLAR

Shelter (1988) (music: Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn and Victor See Yuen)
ROBERT BATTLE
Ella (2008) (music: Ella Fitzgerald)
JESSICA LANG
EN (2018) (Bay Area Premiere) (music: Jakub Ciupinski)
** Please note the following program change Program B: Due to injuries, in the place of Wayne McGregor's Kairos, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform Jamar Roberts' Members Don't Get Weary. For cast and credits, please refer to the insert in your program.
Program C (APR 11, 8pm)
JAMAR ROBERTS
Members Don't Get Weary (2017) (music: John Coltrane)
RONALD K. BROWN
The Call (2018) (Bay Area Premiere)
(music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Mary Lou Williams, Asase Yaa Entertainment Group)
ROBERT BATTLE
Juba (2003) (music: John Mackey)
ALVIN AILEY
Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spirituals)
Program D (APR 13, 2pm & APR 14, 3pm)
ALVIN AILEY
Timeless Ailey Special Program (1958–1986) (music: various)
AILEY
Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spirituals)
Program E (APR 14, 7:30pm)*
RONALD K. BROWN
The Call (2018) (Company Bay Area Premiere)
(music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Mary Lou Williams, Asase Yaa Entertainment Group)
ROBERT BATTLE
Takademe (1999) (music: Sheila Chandra)
JAWOLE
WILLA JO ZOLLAR

Shelter (1988) (music: Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn and Victor See Yuen)
ROBERT BATTLE
Ella (2008) (music: Ella Fitzgerald)
AILEY
Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spirituals)
* Please note: Due to a University of California systemwide labor strike, the Wednesday evening performance has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 14 at 7:30pm. Ticket holders for the Wednesday evening performance: your seats are automatically guaranteed for the Sunday evening performance, and there is no need to reprint your tickets. You will be contacted by the Ticket Office with other exchange/refund information.


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"Berkeley Dances Revelations" Workshops and Performance
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 10am, 10:45am, 11:30am
Hearst Gymnasium

Due to a University of California systemwide labor strike planned for next week and some changes to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater residency schedule, these workshop events have been CANCELLED. The "Berkeley Dances Revelations" Flash Mob will still take place between 12:10pm and 1pm on Lower Sproul Plaza (please note time change).

"Berkeley Dances Revelations"
Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 12:10pm (please note time change)
Lower Sproul Plaza

Don't miss the fourth annual "Berkeley Dances "Revelations" flash mob performance, live on Lower Sproul Plaza. Featuring choreography from the "Wade in the Water" section of Alvin Ailey's Revelations, led by company members. Free and open to the public. (please note time change)


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Community Dance Class
Sun, Apr 14, 2019, 11am
Bancroft Studio

A dance class for all ages and abilities taught by a dancer from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. $10. Advance purchase required.


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Donor Event: Intermission Hospitality
Tue, Apr 9, 8pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1500+)
Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall during the above performance(s). Donor Intermission Hospitality is the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Donor Event: Intermission Hospitality
Fri, Apr 12, 8pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1500+)
Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall during the above performance(s). Donor Intermission Hospitality is the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Donor Event: Intermission Hospitality
Sat, Apr 13, 8pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1500+)
Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall during the above performance(s). Donor Intermission Hospitality is the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Donor Event: Intermission Hospitality
Sun, Apr 14, 3pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1500+)
Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall during the above performance(s). Donor Intermission Hospitality is the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

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