The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) celebrated its sixth appearance at Segerstrom Center for the Arts with a chic soiree at South Coast Plaza’s Jewel Court.
Cast members and dance lovers alike turned up to fete the company’s two West Coast premieres and Ailey’s classic signature piece, Revelations, at Orange County’s most luxurious shopping destination.
The event, which was attended by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle, Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Executive Vice President Judy Morr and President Terry Dwyer, Center board member Roger Kirwan, Susan Strader, Kay Fukunaga and Dale Cangiano, among others, was catered by Quattro Café, while a DJ kept the dance-heavy crowd on their toes until midnight. dancing until midnight.
The company returned this spring for its sixth Center appearance to debut Revelations, a dance choreographed by Ailey in 1960 that tells the story of African American faith from slavery to freedom through spirituals and blues music, and offers a universal message of strength and hope. From the introspection of “I’ve Been Buked” and the enthusiasm of “Wade in the Water” to the joy of faith in “Rocka My Soul,” this work has been a classic from its first performance.
The cast performed five shows of Revelations while in Southern California, each of which included a pre-performance talk by a member of the company, and the Saturday matinee will include a post-show talk.