Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

by Nunny Reyes
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs truly unlike anything I have seen before. In theatre, it is natural to expect dialogue, a rising climax, and perhaps a twisted plot. While watching this dance performance, I realized that I needed to forget my expectations for a play when I watch dance. Dance is all about letting go and just being able to experience what is occurring onstage at that moment.
The show was broken up into three acts highlighting the advancements of African Americans and the Harlem Renaissance. The costumes were vibrant and the stage was constantly changing in order to depict a different street or a new jazz club.  Each performer looked physically different, but they were united when they danced. This was apparent in the dance of three Harlem Renaissance divas. The three divas each wore a different dress of black, gold or red. Although each diva had a different singing style and costume, the moment that the music began, they each expressed the same passion for dancing. Without missing a beat, these three powerful women made the stage theirs and invited those in the audience to clap and be a part of the performance as well.

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is not your typical performance. The dancers were incredible and did a great job of making the audience feel connected to the show. Alvin Ailey is definitely a must see for all because it definitely takes you out of your comfort zone. There is not one message that the play tries to convince you off but instead it encourages you to enjoy the experience and forget the rules that once may have known about onstage performances.

HOW TO SEE THE SHOW: thru Jan 3rd • $10 student rush • W. 55th between 6th & 7th Ave.