Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater brings 2017 U.S. tour to Kansas City March 3-4

WHO: Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (KCFAA) WHAT: 2017 U.S. Tour
WHEN: Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fri., March 3; 2 p.m. Sat., March 4; Exclusive performance 7:30 p.m. March 4 includes KCFAA INSPIRE Benefit and Dance Party at Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (guests will have access to the Museum throughout the evening). WHERE: Yardley Hall, Campus of Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan. TICKETS: Performances: $25, $45, $65 INSPIRE Benefit (includes March 4 7:30 performance) Young Professional Tickets, $125; Individual tickets $175; Patron, $600; Individual Ticket Host, $1,050 (6 tickets to performance and INSPIRE Benefit); Sponsorships available from $500 to $25,000.

WHY: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, will appear in Kansas City March 3 and 4 as part of its 19-city U.S. Tour. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s extraordinary dancers will include the American masterpiece, Revelations, the most widely seen and treasured modern dance work in the world and acclaimed as a must-see for all. Other highlights include world premieres of Ailey veteran Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream, new productions of Billy Wilson’s The Winter in Lisbon and Alvin Ailey’s Masekela Langage.

Alvin Ailey’s pioneering legacy that uplifts, unites, and enlightens will continue to grow as Ailey’s 33 remarkable dancers bring a variety of premieres, new productions, and returning favorites to life that shine a spotlight on social issues and celebrate the birth centennials of jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie.

Alvin Ailey, an African American activist and choreographer, founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) in New York City in 1958. Ailey’s relationship with Kansas City first blossomed when he brought his dance company to perform in 1968. As Ailey became committed to his goal of a second home for his group, Kansas City quickly rose to the top of the list of potential options— and in 1984, it was made official.

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey is celebrating its 33rd year as the official second home of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II, and KCFAA’s commitment to offering arts programs to underserved youth, with the INSPIRE Benefit and Dance Party on Saturday evening March 4, following the 7:30 p.m. performance.

The INSPIRE Benefit committee includes Honorary Co-Chairs Bill and Christy Gautreaux and Gary and Debby Ballard and Co-Chairs Lindsey Heinz and Tim McCoy. The Gautreauxes, longtime Kansas City arts patrons and advocates, will host a patron party on Feb. 15, 2017, at their home.

Tyrone Aiken, KCFAA Chief Artistic Director, who trained at AAADT in 1981, moved to Kansas City in 1995 and has been in the role of student, teacher and administrator for KCFAA. The organization now offers year-round programming, including two Presidential award-winning summer AileyCamps, replicated in 10 cities nationwide; free studio classes for children second grade through high school; Black History Month presentations; and performances and workshops with Kansas City-based and touring Ailey dancers.

Aiken notes the Gala’s significance in aligning with the organization’s experience and the American modern dance tradition.

“For 33 years, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey has brought the best dance to the Kansas City community, supporting arts education and uniting the community through dance,” Aiken says. “This year’s performance and Gala are no exception.”   To order tickets for the performances, call the Johnson County Community College Box Office at (913) 469-4445 or order online http://www.kcfaa.org/performances/aaadt-march-2017/ . Groups of six or more receive a 20 percent discount.

For more information about the INSPIRE Benefit, to secure sponsorship or to purchase tickets, visit http://kcfaa.org/inspire2017 or call (816) 471-6003 or email info@kcfaa.org.

For more information about Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, visit https://www.alvinailey.org.

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