Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Sunday, February 27, 2011

You can't take pictures during a theatrical performance, and obviously I never would.  So that this, before you, is the high cake stack of Philadelphia's City Hall, as seen from below, a half hour before the curtains rose on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater production staged at Philadelphia's own Academy of Music.  Three suites were performed—Dancing Spirit, Forgotten Time, Revelations.  We, the nearly sold-out audience, were on our feet by the end, when the dancers—the women done up in bright yellow church dresses and flopping hats, the men wearing proper black and whites, the props nothing more than golden fans and plunked down stools—were rocking our souls in the bosom of Abraham. We were in love with the slender reach of their arms, the bewilderingly beautiful musculature of their backs, the roll and whip of their necks.  Mostly, let's be honest, we were in love with their joy; we took some for ourselves when they weren't looking. 

All praise on a sunny Sunday.  All rise to the dance.


Sarah Allen said...

Beautiful :) Sounds phenomenal. Wish I could have been there.

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Lilian Nattel said...

It sounds wonderful. It's been too long since I've seen a dance performance.

Melissa Sarno said...

I recently saw Revelations. It was fantastic! Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Holly said...

Revelations! What a gift. I have seen a recording of it, but never them live yet.

The1stdaughter said...

Wow! I'm incredibly jealous. I've always wanted to see the Alvin Ailey dancers and I'm also a huge lover of music. This sounds like an amazing evening. So wonderful!

Anna Lefler said...


What a lovely way to spend a Sunday...



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