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Ailey All Access Presents Broadcast Of Alvin Ailey’s Classic Blues Suite To Commemorate The Company’s Anniversary On Tuesday, March 30

Please Credit Photo: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey’s Night Creature. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor

The Ailey organization continues to carry forward Alvin Ailey’s pioneering legacy of not only entertaining but uniting, empowering and educating through Ailey All Access. The online initiative offers free performance broadcasts from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater repertory, Ailey Extension dance, conversations and more. 

On Tuesday, March 30 at 7pm EDT, Alvin Ailey’s classic “Blues Suite” will be broadcast online to celebrate the Company’s first performance on this date in 1958. Featuring an introduction by Alvin Ailey and a performance from the 1985 PBS Great Performances television special “Three by Three,” the anniversary presentation will stream free for two weeks. “Blood memories” of rural, Depression era southern Texas, come to life in “Blues Suite,” which defined Alvin Ailey’s choreographic genius of presenting real people on the concert dance stage. With the rumble of a train and the toll of distant bells, a cast of vividly-drawn characters from the barrelhouses and fields of his Texas childhood are summoned to dance and revel through one long, sultry night. Ailey’s classic is set to songs of lost love, despair, and protest, expressing the sorrow, humor, and humanity of the blues, the heartfelt music that he called “hymns to the secular regions of the soul.”

Upcoming streaming broadcasts being presented in conjunction with Jazz Appreciation Month at 7pm EDT include, “Night Creature” on Wednesday, April 14, a bubbly champagne cocktail of a dance that perfectly fuses Alvin Ailey’s buoyant choreography and Duke Ellington’s sparkling music, as well as “Members Don’t Get Weary” on Wednesday, April 28, Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts’ work set to music of John Coltrane.

Additional online special programs in May and June will be announced later. For further updates on the spring series and schedule, visit Ailey All Access and

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