Ailey II – the Next Generation of Dance – Performs in Mississippi Delta
Ailey II is making Cleveland, Mississippi once of its stops during the acclaimed 12-member ensemble’s 32-city world tour. They will perform on Thursday, November 2 at 7:30pm at the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University.
Ailey II – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s second company – 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. One of the most popular dance companies in the country, Ailey II combines a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs. Their November 2 program will feature two new commissions, Breaking Point and Road To One, in addition to the Revelations, the must-see masterpiece by Alvin Ailey himself.
Jamaican-born choreographer Renee I. McDonald’s Breaking Point is an intense depiction of the fight for our heart’s desire. Whether it is love, friendship, forgiveness, or a secret longing – these things can take us to our limit. Suitably paired with the bold and pulsating sounds of Audiomachine, McDonald’s high-powered, modern-based choreography captures the willpower and frenzy it takes to keep up “the fight” until you hit your breaking point.
Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Road To One passionately embraces the journey we all take to find meaning in our lives and eventually pass it on to the next generation. Inspired by a mentor who introduced him to the arts at a young age, Moultrie pays it forward with the Ailey II dancers, creating a high-energy ensemble work that uses elegant, modern movement with a contemporary edge. The musical score features an eclectic range of artists, including Ezio Bosso, Kinjey Bunchens, Monica Chuchi, Oliver Davis, and Spark.
Troy Powell, Artistic Director for Ailey II, will speak at a luncheon on the DSU campus on Wednesday November 1. The title of his program is “Growing up Ailey,” and he will speak about his personal experiences of being mentored by Alvin Ailey, as well as speak to the history of the company and its impact on the dance world. The luncheon is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please contact the Bologna Performing Arts Center’s main office at (662) 846-4625 to register.
Ailey II is in residency at the Bologna Performing Arts Center for three days, funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mississippi Arts Commission. In addition to the public performance and luncheon, the company will also perform a matinee for school audiences on November 1 at 10:00am and provide masterclasses for area youth.
Tickets to see Ailey II start at $25, and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are on sale online or at the BPAC Ticket Office at (662) 846-4626.