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March 2 – 4, 2018: Ailey Dance Theater Brings New Works To Virginia Arts Festival

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will showcase their spectacular artistry, talent, diversity, and range for three performances March 2 – 4 at Chrysler Hall, presented by the Virginia Arts Festival.

Artistic Director Robert Battle leads Ailey’s 32 dancers for the company’s expansive repertory which includes returning favorites, new productions, and world premieres.

The Virginia Arts Festival engagement also includes Alvin Ailey’s American masterpiece Revelations. Since its creation in 1960, Revelations has been seen by more audiences around the world than any other modern work, inspiring generations through its powerful storytelling and soul-stirring spirituals.

Revelations has been performed as part of Opening Ceremonies of the 1968 Olympics, for six sitting presidents at various events, at the inaugurations of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, and at The White House Dance Series: A Tribute to Judith Jamison, presented by then First Lady Michelle Obama. Acknowledging its lasting significance after five decades, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution recognizing the artistic and cultural contributions of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the 50th Anniversary of the first performance of Revelations.

Virginia Arts Festival’s presentation of Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater is part of its three-year partnership with American Evolution™, an initiative of the Commonwealth of Virginia commemorating the 400th anniversary of key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today. The Virginia Arts Festival partnership with American Evolution™ began in 2017 and continues through 2019.

Performances are Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m. – Stack-Up, Episodes, Ella, Revelations; Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m. –Night Creature, Cry, Untitled America, Revelations; and Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. – Stack-Up, Episodes, Ella, Revelations.

Visit for more information. Tickets are available online, by phone at (757) 282-2822 or by visiting the Virginia Arts Festival box office located at 440 Bank Street in Norfolk between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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