This video is Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s full performance of Revelations from the 2015 Lincoln Center at the Movies production.
Reposted from Ailey Pressroom.
Since its creation in 1960, Revelations has consistently enraptured audiences all over the world with its perfect blend of reverent grace and spiritual elation. Alvin Ailey’s signature masterpiece pays homage to and reflects the cultural heritage of the African-American, which Ailey considered one of America’s richest treasures – “sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.” Choreographed when he was only 29 years old, Revelations is an intimate reflection inspired by childhood memories of attending services at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Texas, and by the work of writers James Baldwin and Langston Hughes. Set to a suite of traditional spirituals, Revelations explores the emotional spectrum of the human condition, from the deepest of grief to the holiest joy. A classic tribute to the resolve and determination of a people, the ballet has been seen by more people around the world than any other modern work.
Read more about Revelations at Ailey Pressroom and watch an interview with the creator in the Celebrating Revelations at 50 Film.
Featured Image: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in a reimagining of Alvin Ailey’s Revelations at Wave Hill Public Garden and Culture Center. Photo by Travis Magee