Ailey II
Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s finest early-career dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers.

Founded by Alvin Ailey, the company embodies his pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people.

Since its 1974 inception, Ailey II has flourished into one of the most popular modern dance companies, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs.
The touring repertory will include a new piece entitled “mediAcation” choreographed by Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish along with favorites such as “The Hunt” choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Battle and restaged by Elisa Clark, exploring the predatory side of human nature from the primitive thrill of the hunt to modern sports against a thundering percussion soundtrack.
Also featured is “Psūkhe” taken from an Ancient Greek word meaning ‘life’s breath, spirit, and soul” and the origin of the word “psyche.” Choregraphed by artistic director of GALLIM DANCE, Andrea Miller, this energetic dance includes complex, solos set to the electronic music of Nicholas Jaar. ”Enemy in the Figure,” an intensely propulsive central section of William Forsythe’s eponymous work will also take the stage.


This program is partially supported by a grant from
the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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