Alvin Ailey ® American Dance Theater
Festa Barocca / Love Stories / Revelations
September 2012
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Festa barocca

Love stories



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Friday September 14th from 4.30 to 5.30 pm, the Gran Teatre del Liceu offers you the opportunity to attend a rehearsal previous to the show offered by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
The entrance will be possible only for those who have received a confirmation from the theatre and their ID or similar. 

The company

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s leading dance companies, combines brilliant artistry with unrivalled energy and passion in its performances for an estimated 23 million people in 71 countries across five continents. 

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American dancers, this performance changed forever the perception of American dance. In 2008, a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world”, one that celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage.

For this much anticipated occasion, acclaimed artistic director Robert Battle has put together a programme featuring the repertory’s favourites, including the jubilant Festa Barocca, the electrifying Love Stories, and the iconic Revelations, the company’s signature masterpiece.

Founder: Alvin Ailey
Artistic Director Emerita: Judith Jamison
Artistic Director: Robert Battle
Associate Artistic Director: Masazumi Chaya
Company Members: Guillermo Asca, Kirven James Boyd, Hope Boykin, Sean A. Carmon, Sarah Daley, Ghrai DeVore, Antonio Douthit, Renaldo Gardner, Vernard J. Gilmore, Jacqueline Green, Daniel Harder, Demetia Hopkins, Michael Jackson Jr., Megan Jakel, Yannick Lebrun, Alicia Graf Mack, Michael Francis McBride, Rachael McLaren, Aisha Mitchell, Akua Noni Parker, Belen Pereyra, Briana Reed, Jamar Roberts, Samuel Lee Roberts, Kelly Robotham, Kanji Segawa, Glenn Allen Sims, Linda Celeste Sims, Jermaine Terry, Marcus Jarrell Willis
Guest Artist: Matthew Rushing
Executive Director: Sharon Gersten Luckman

Festa Barocca

Acclaimed Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti, lauded for his freshness and inventive sensibility, brings his distinctly European flair to the Ailey repertory for the first time. With a highly dramatic style, complex partnering and seamless integration of classical and modern styles, Bigonzetti showcases the emotional intensity and technical prowess of Ailey’s dancers.

Love Stories
Judith Jamison’s dynamic collaboration with hip-hop pioneer Rennie Harris and modern dance maverick Robert Battle, was inspired by Sankofa, the Akan word meaning “go back” (Sanko) and “take” (fa). Loosely translated, “Sankofa” means “we do not know where we are going unless we know where we have been.” This extraordinary ballet celebrates the heritage of African-American dance and the rich legacy of Alvin Ailey. 

Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, this suite fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. Alvin Ailey said that one of the richest treasures of the United States was the cultural heritage of the African-American people. “Sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.” This enduring classic is a tribute to that heritage and to Ailey’s genius. 


September 2012
Thursday 13 20:00 PE
Friday 14 20:00 -
Saturday 15 17:00 -
Saturday 15 21:30 PB


13,50 €, 19 €, 25,75 €, 37 €, 52,75 €, 65 €, 86,25 €


Part I 45 min (Festa Barocca)
Pause 30 min
Part II 1h 15 min (Love Stories and Revelations)
TOTAL 2 h and 35 min