If the Chicago music scene gives you any type of feeling, then surely the Chicago dance scene will give you all types of life. Last nights, men, women, and students came out in droves to witness the opening night of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In its 59th year of touring, this year performance was nothing short of amazing and elegant.
In the nearly packed Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois, the audience was stunned by the groundbreaking poetic performances. The show opened with the performance of "Deep" with music provided by Ibeyi; the performance included a stage with dim light, showing the depth and emotional rides of the relationship between man and woman.
"Walking Mad" was a more colorful and vibrant but had a deeper message of the wall we put up amongst people when they walk in or out of our lives. Dancers performed to music composed by Maurice Ravel and used set walls as props (even danced on them).
The show ended with a short section entitled "Ella", dedicated to the late jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald. It was performed by two female dancers, Jacquelin Harris and Megan Jakel. Soon after, "Revelations", Alvin Ailey's most renowned performance and a crowd favorite, was performed. With a mix of various gospel and spiritual songs, dancers of the Alvin Ailey dance company gave a soulful performance in their finale. The crowd was amazed once again, and the show ended with a standing ovation.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be in Chicago until the 26th and will continue to tour until May. Buy your tickets soon!