"Polish Pieces," "Awassa Astrige/Ostrich," "The Pleasure of the Lesson," "Revelations"
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall
April, 22, 2015
by Rita Felciano
copyright © Rita Felciano, 2015
The enthusiastic response to every piece on the Ailey Company's second evening at Zellerbach surely can be taken as an affirmation of Artistic Director Robert Battle's widening of the repertoire. The audience one more time seemed happy with "Revelations" as the finale, but they didn't seem to have waited anxiously for it. To offer fiercely contemporary works such as Hans Van Manen's "Polish Pieces" and Robert Moses "The Pleasure of the Lesson" on the same evening, separated by a historical jewel, is excellent programming. Of course, it helped that the Ailey dancers gave such fine interpretations to the complex demands that these works put on their skills and their artistry.
Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims in "Polish Pieces." Photo © Andrew Eccle