Dance, Main Stage

Why See Ailey Now?

This is a moment in time where it’s important to take a stand, and sometimes taking a stand means taking a seat to see something that represents the best of humanity.” — Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle

In the turbulent year of 1968, then Celebrity Series Executive Director Walter Pierce took a chance with a single night engagement of a dynamic, emerging, African-American dance company at Boston’s John Hancock Hall. The success of the Boston debut of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has led to a 50-year relationship between this iconic dance company and the city of Boston. We’re honored to have brought generations of Ailey performers and Boston audiences together, and we hope you’ll join us to continue the tradition. The company returns March 22-25 for five performances at the Boch Center Wang Theatre, featuring two Boston premieres, re-staged classics, and three works by Artistic Director Robert Battle — as well as Alvin Ailey’s signature work, Revelations, set to close each program.

Whether it’s your first or 50th time, it is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Watch the video above to hear why Mr. Battle believes it’s important you see Ailey now.

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