This year marks the 50th anniversary of the New York-based dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and it’s celebrating with free performances throughout New York, according to the Washington Post‘s Robin Givhan.
The black modern dance company is also celebrating with tours around the world and a Barbie doll inspired by a dancer from “Revelations”–the signature work of the group, choreographed by Ailey in 1960.
“So much of ‘Revelations’ is about the ritual of processionals and the idea of moving forward toward some goal in a mindful manner,” Givhan writes. “It speaks to the idea of marching toward grace..It is as allegorical as a contemporary Kara Walker mural, but without the accompanying acrimony. It is personal without being political, powerful but not strident. ‘Revelations’ is sacred, but not sanctimonious.”