Dance Revolution

Legendary dance troupe puts best feet forward.

No fan of modern dance should go very long without seeing the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The renowned African American dance company returns to Playhouse Square this weekend, performing three different programs, each culminating in Ailey's masterpiece, "Revelations." The work is an unforgettable suite of dances set to spirituals, portraying Ailey's memories of black culture. The piece premiered in 1960, two years after the company's founding, and has been performed at nearly every show since.

However, the New York troupe isn't dedicated only to Ailey's choreography. Ailey (who died in 1989) wanted his company to present all kinds of contemporary dance. Depending on which performance you attend, expect to see Ronald K. Brown's "Ife/My Heart," "Solo" by Hans van Manen, Ulysses Dove's "Vespers," and two works ("Love Stories" and "Reminiscin'") choreographed by Judith Jamison, the company's artistic director.
April 7-8, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 9, 3:30 p.m.