"Chroma", "Grace", "Takedeme", "Revelations"
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
David H. Koch Theater
New York, NY
June 16, 2015
By Carol Pardo
Copyright ©2015 by Carol Pardo
aVariety of the repertory, quality of the dancers, changes in technique over time, the power of stillness, all of these came to mind during performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. But more than anything else, the mixed bill showed off "Revelations" as the right setting, and shows off a precious gem.
"Chroma", made by Wayne McGregor for the Royal Ballet permits the Ailey dancers to explore another dance style as does the inclusion in the repertory of Christopher Wheeldon’s "After the Rain Pas de Deux" and Paul Taylor’s "Arden Court". "Chroma" takes place in a big white box of a space, a big aperture at the front, with a smaller one, though still large enough for a person to pass through at the back. The lighting is cool, gray, silver, pale blue lavender. The division of the back opening into three stripes registers like an earthquake in this pristine world.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey's "Revelations." Photo by Gert Krautbauer