On my way to see the Alvin Ailey Troupe perform Revelations and Cry
at City Center.

Ailey’s Revelations is a piece of choreography that, once seen, once experienced, rises up from your memory in unexpected ways, at unexpected times…walking down the street, riding the subway, sitting at the dinner table, brushing your hair, calling forth emotions every feelingful person has experienced.

A few words about this legendary choreography from the Ailey website:


African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.”

“More than just a popular dance work, it has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans. Seeing Revelations for the first time or the hundredth can be a transcendent experience, with audiences cheering, singing along and dancing in their seats from the opening notes of the plaintive “I Been ’Buked” to the rousing “Wade in the Water” and the triumphant finale, “Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham.”

“Ailey said that one of America’s richest treasures was the African-American cultural heritage —“sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful.” This enduring classic is a tribute to that tradition, born out of the choreographer’s “blood memories” of his childhood in rural Texas and the Baptist Church. But since its premiere in 1960, the ballet has been performed continuously around the globe, transcending barriers of faith and nationality, and appealing to universal emotions, making it the most widely-seen modern dance work in the world.”

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre:

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