Adding a new residency to its more than 60-year history of dance presentations, the acclaimed New York-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform in Los Angeles for four consecutive years, beginning with the 2023–2024 season of “Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center.”
Adored by Los Angeles audiences since its first concerts at The Music Center in 1998, the company, with its commitment to social justice, unrivaled artistic skill, and reflections on the times we live in, has been at the Center an inspiring 11 times. Said Rachel S. Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center: “It is an honor to have Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater make The Music Center its Los Angeles home for the next four years. Angelenos and audiences of all ages and backgrounds will have more opportunities to experience firsthand why the company is such a cultural phenomenon.”
Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey’s artistic director, is equally delighted about the partnership. “For more than 20 years, the company has returned to the stage of Dorothy Chandler Pavilion time and again, and we are thrilled it will be the home to share the magic of Ailey with audiences annually for years to come.”
In addition to the troupe’s residency, AAADT is collaborating with The Music Center’s programming division, TMC Arts, to create a myriad of events, including talks, festivals, master classes, and in-school residencies, that will provide opportunities for the public to learn about choreography, as well as participate in artistic and cultural experiences connected to the esteemed company’s work.
Deemed by U.S. congressional resolution as “a vital cultural ambassador to the world,” Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which was founded in 1958, will perform March 20–24, 2024, during The Music Center’s next season of dance.