‘Ailey II’ stops into LPCA Saturday on its world tour

A performer in Ailey II
(Photo provided)

A performer in Ailey II (Photo provided)

LAKE PLACID – Lake Placid Center for the Arts will present Ailey II at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and are available by calling the LPCA Box Office at 518-523-2512 or online at www.lakeplacidarts.org.

“The dancers in Ailey II are spectacular beings,” The New York Times wrote.

Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. One of the most popular dance companies in the country, Ailey II combines a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs. Led by Artistic Director Troy Powell, Ailey II’s Lake Placid performance features two 2016-17 season premieres, and an Ailey masterpiece.

Princess Grace Award-winning choreographer Jae Man Joo’s Circular is a heartfelt conversation through movement. The Korean-born Joo’s distinctive choreographic style – a blend of classical and contemporary ballet — is showcased in this large ensemble work that captures the full circle of human emotions. The melodic soundscape is by a diverse group of composers including Denisovand Handel.

In “Sketches of Flames,” Bridget L. Moore fuses flamenco influences with her African-American and contemporary aesthetic to create a rapturous ensemble dance. Set to a series of passionate folk songs and drawing upon the writings of Federico García Lorca and others, each section of this eight-part work depicts a different facet of the joys and sorrows of love.

Alvin Ailey’s signature masterpiece, “Revelations,” is an American classic acclaimed as a must‐see for all. A tribute to his heritage using African-American religious music -spirituals-this suite fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

In addition, six new dancers – Antuan Byers, Kyle H. Martin, Corrin Mitchell, Adrien Picaut, Arianna Salerno, and Marcus Williams — join the six returning members — Tara Bellardini, Khalia Campbell, Yazzmeen Laidler, Jessica Amber Pinkett, Martell Ruffin, and Christopher R. Wilson.

For more information on the tour, visit alvinailey.org.

About Ailey II

Ailey II — Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s second company, is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Founded in 1974 as a bridge between The Ailey School and the professional dance world, Ailey II embodies Alvin Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Ailey II flourished into one of the most popular dance companies in the country under the leadership of Sylvia Waters from 1974-2012, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs. With Artistic Director Troy Powell at the helm, Ailey II continues to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company.

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