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Re: “Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

CRITIC'S CHOICE DANCE - Mar. 26, 2009 Issue

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Simplicity is the watchword for this year's tour by the Alvin Ailey company, now celebrating its 50th year. Go In Grace - a new piece by company member Hope Boykin, performed here only on opening night - looks complicated: six dancers mingle with six similarly dressed singers from Sweet Honey In The Rock (who move pretty well themselves), and dancers and singers become almost indistinguishable. But it conveys a clear story about a family and their community, communicated through transparent, narrative dancing and a score and lyrics created by Boykin and Sweet Honey. George Faison's 1971 Suite Otis, meanwhile, returns us to a simpler time, its lean, lighthearted, uber-smooth vintage choreography buoyed by six Otis Redding recordings. If it weren't so clean and classic, I'd be tempted to call it quaint. Also scheduled: an all-Ailey evening and another Chicago premiere, Mauro Bigonzetti's Festa Barocca. Wed-Fri 4/1-4/3, 7:30 PM, Sat 4/4, 2 and 8 PM, Sun 4/5, 3 PM, Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress, 312-902-1500, auditoriumtheatre.org, $30-$82. - Laura Molzahn

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Posted by Carolfoxassociates on 03/26/2009 at 10:33 AM

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