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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Coming To Sony Centre In 2012!

Returns to the
With "Revelations" and Other New Works
February 2-4, 2012 * Tickets on Sale Now!

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, heralded as America's Cultural Ambassador to the World, comes to the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in February 2012, under the dynamic leadership of new Artistic Director Robert Battle, and with programming that embraces the Ailey tradition of such beloved classics as Revelations and extends the legacy in dynamic new directions.

After dance pioneer Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) led a now-fabled 1958 performance in New York that changed the perception of American dance, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has gone on to perform for an estimated 23 million people in 71 countries on six continents, celebrating the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition.

Starting in 1989, Judith Jamison led the Company for over two decades to unprecedented success. An exciting new era in Ailey history is beginning now with new Artistic Director Robert Battle.
"Robert Battle's choices for his debut season confirm what I have long known about him," says Ms. Jamison. "He is a born leader, whose fierce intelligence and open-hearted spirit will carry this company to new heights." For his first season, Mr. Battle will add to the Ailey repertory a rich array of premieres and new productions that express his vision for the Company, while honouring some of his most significant artistic influences. The full tour program will be announced at a later date.

"This is the beginning of a new adventure-for the company, for me and for our audiences around the world," says Mr. Battle. "We are going to reach back and try to touch some of the vital sources of Alvin Ailey's creativity, but also stretch forward into new possibilities that develop his legacy. For the millions of people who love Alvin Ailey's work and have been inspired by the great achievements of Judith Jamison and our unsurpassed dancers, I hope this season will be just what the company has always promised: revelatory."

Robert Battle Artistic Director
Masazumi Chaya Associate Artistic Director
Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East, Toronto
February 2-4, 2012 @ 8 pm and Saturday, February 4 @ 2pm
Ticket prices are $28, $58, $68, $78 and $88 and can be purchased at the Sony Centre box office,
by calling 1.855.872.SONY (7669) or online at
Groups of 8 or more can save with THE Group Tix Company

SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, Toronto's first performing arts centre, has played a defining role in the cultural life of Toronto for more than 50 years. Today, the newly renovated Sony Centre is home to a roster of national and international artists that reflect the diversity and sophistication of 21st century Toronto. In addition, the Sony Centre is dedicated to developing Toronto's younger audiences through family programming, workshops targeted towards school-aged audiences, an under-30 membership program, and other community initiatives including an international culinary experience.

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