Alvin Ailey dance troupe brings classic and contemporary dance to Victoria stage

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater members Hope Boykin and Rosalyn Deshauteurs perform in Revelations

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater members Hope Boykin and Rosalyn Deshauteurs perform in Revelations

The renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater makes a triumphant return to Victoria this week with two shows filled with a variety of dances spanning more than 50 years.

The highlight of the performances tonight and Wednesday (March 22-23) at the Royal Theatre is Revelations, a piece choreographed by Ailey and first performed in 1960. His masterpiece tells the story of African-American faith and tenacity from slavery to freedom through a suite of dances set to spirituals and blues music.

A different repertoire is planned for each evening.

For dance fans wanting to get a more intimate understanding of the company and its works, pre-show chats with dancers Guillermo “Moe” Asca (March 22) and Hope Boykin (March 23) happen in the lobby of the Royal at 6:50 p.m.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets range from $60 to $115 and are available at the Royal and McPherson box offices, by phone at 250-386-6121 or online at www.rmts.bc.ca. More information can be found at www.dancevictoria.com.

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