Celebrating 50 years with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater!

Cal Performances honors a partnership that began a half-century ago, in 1968, with the first UC Berkeley performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Now under the direction of Robert Battle, the company continues to make work that "feeds the soul," mining the artistic legacy of its founder, and nurturing a new generation of choreographers steeped in the African-American experience. With repertoire that looks back to seminal works like Ailey's own Revelations, and new material that engages with vital social movements, the company creates dances with the power to transform. "The current Ailey dancers inhabit Revelations as if it were freshly made, and perform it with irresistible élan" (The Guardian, London).

Program A (4/10, 4/14 MAT)
TALLEY BEATTY Stack-Up (1982) (music: various contemporary)
JAMAR ROBERTS Members Don't Get Weary (2017) (West Coast Premiere) (music: John Coltrane)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)

Program B (4/11, 4/12, 4/15)
ROBERT BATTLE Mass (2004) (Company West Coast Premiere) (music: John Mackey)
BATTLE Ella (2008) (music: Ella Fitzgerald)
JAWOLE WILLA JO ZOLLAR Shelter (1988) (music: Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn)
BATTLE The Hunt (2001) (music: Les Tambours du Bronx)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)

Program C (4/13, 4/14 EVE)
TWYLA THARP The Golden Section (1983) (music: David Byrne)
GUSTAVO RAMIREZ SANSANO Victoria (2017) (West Coast Premiere) (music: Michael Gordon)
BATTLE Ella (2008) (music: Ella Fitzgerald)
AILEY Revelations (1960) (music: various traditional spiritual)

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Public Events

Apr 10–15

Public Forum
Thu, Apr 12, 2018, 3pm
Geballe Room, Stephens Hall

Joining Generations discussion with Robert Battle, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Prof. Brandi Wilkins Catanese (Depts. of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies and African American Studies), and the Dance Studies Working Group.

Free and open to the public.


Berkeley Dances Revelations Workshops
April 13 2018, 10am, 10:45am, 11:30am
Hearst Gym

Three workshops: 10am, 10:45am, 11:30am. Free and open to the public. Capacity is limited.

RSVP Now 10am

RSVP Now 10:45am

RSVP Now 11:30am


Berkeley Dances Revelations Flash Mob
Fri, Apr 13, 2018, 12:30pm

Public performance of "Rocka My Soul" choreography from Alvin Ailey's Revelations (see www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWBel7J4lzs). Costumes are encouraged. A limited number of hand fans will be available at the workshops.

Free and open to the public.


Community Dance Class
Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 11am
Bancroft Studio

$5. Advance registration required. Capacity is limited.


Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (2002-03)


Berkeley RADICAL 2017/18 Transcending Borders
Watch to learn more about Cal Performances' groundbreaking and dynamic artistic programming philosophy.

Berkeley RADICAL 2017/18 Season: Robert Battle/Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Joining Generations)

Berkeley RADICAL 2017/18 Season: Joining Generations

Welcome to Ailey's Official YouTube Channel

Behind the Scenes of Victoria


Members Don't Get Weary Behind the Scenes Part 1: Movement

Members Don't Get Weary Behind the Scenes Part 2: Musicality & Jazz


The Hunt

Program Notes

Program notes are available online approximately one week before the performance.

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15th Anniversary of AileyCamp

AileyCamp, the nationally acclaimed summer youth program, conceived by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and locally produced by Cal Performances, teaches life lessons through ballet, modern, jazz and African dance to Berkeley/Oakland middle school students. Follow three AileyCampers from beginning impressions through the grand finale performance at the end of the six week experience. (Length: 8:25)