Ailey II Brings Its World Tour to Fayetteville State University
Ailey II will make Fayetteville State University (FSU) one of the stops during its 31-city world tour. Ailey II will appear at FSU on October 24, 2012, at 7 p.m. in J.W. Seabrook Auditorium. General admission is $10 and FSU students will be admitted free.
Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Ailey II flourished into one of the most popular dance companies in the country under the leadership of Sylvia Waters (from 1974-2012), combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs. After over a decade of working alongside Sylvia Waters as Associate Artistic Director, Troy Powell took the helm of the Company in July and is currently in his first season as Artistic Director.
This season the company welcomes seven new dancers; Jeroboam Bozeman, Tyler Brown, David Adrian Freeland Jr., Gentry George, Daphne M. Lee, Olivier Medus and Edward Spots. The dancers will perform company favorites to include Virtues, Splendid Isolation II, The Hunt, and Revelations.
Virtues, by Amy Hall Garner, is set to a vibrant score by Karl Jenkins. Garner delivers high energy with a sophisticated edge. The dancers radiate with regal grace, while deftly executing a distinctive blend of contemporary modern and jazz movement.
Splendid Isolation II was created by Jessica Lang and is an adaptation of her work Splendid Isolation, specifically for the Ailey II dancers. Set to the choral piece… O Maria, Stella Maris by Trio Mediaeval and Adagietto, from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor, the work focuses around a woman enveloped in a large skirt who gracefully illustrates the simplicity and grace in isolated movements.
The Hunt is set to a wildly percussive soundtrack by Les Tambours du Bronx. This ballet for six men examines the relationship between modern sports and the rituals of the gladiators, revealing the aggressive side of human nature and the primitive thrill of the hunt.
Revelations was choreographed by the great Alvin Ailey himself and is considered one of the timeless masterpieces of American dance. Ailey said that one of America’s richest treasures was the cultural heritage of the African-American —“sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but… always hopeful.” This enduring classic is a tribute to that heritage and to Ailey’s genius. Using African-American religious music–spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues–this suite fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.
For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org or call 910-672-1474.