The shows will include UK premieres by some of today's most acclaimed choreographers: the uplifting Exodus by hip hop choreographer Rennie Harris; the spiritual journey of Four Corners by Ronald K. Brown; and the Cuban-inspired Open Door by Ronald K. Brown.
Acclaimed hip-hop choreographer Rennie (Lorenzo) Harris created Exodus to explore the idea of "exodus" from one's ignorance and conformity as a necessary step toward enlightenment. The dance is set to gospel and house music along with spoken word and emphasises the crucial role of action and movement in effecting change.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to Birmingham Hippodrome in September 2016
The dance routine of Four Corners meanwhile brings to life the vision of four angels standing on the four corners of the earth holding the four winds. It draws inspiration from the lyrics of Rux's Lamentations. Then there is the Cuban inspired Open Door, which is a work with 10 dancers set to the music of Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, including their recent Grammy-Award winning album Cuba: The Conversation Continues.
Company UK will also premiere the dreamlike duet After the Rain Pas de Deux by Christopher Wheeldon and the passionate homage to tango's Argentinian working class roots, Piazzolla Caldera by Paul Taylor. These two works emphasise the contrast in ability by the dancers as while After the Rain Pas de Deux is a sensual piece of work, Piazzolla Caldera sizzles with erotic energy that captures the essence of tango culture.
Exodus is just one of many performances in the show by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
New York-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs at Birmingham Hippodrome on just two dates of September 23 and 24, so there is expected to be high demand for tickets.
There are two programmes being performed on different days. Programme A features Exodus, Four Corners, After the Rain Pas de Deux and Revelations and is performed on Saturday September 24
Programme B features Open Door, Piazzolla Caldera and Revelations and is performed on Friday September 23.
Drawing the evening to a close on both evenings will be the crowd-pleaser Revelations by the Company's founder Alvin Ailey. It is considered the most widely-seen modern dance work in the world.Revelations premiered in 1960 and continues to bring audiences all around the world to their feet. It became Alvin Ailey's signature masterpiece and is a tribute to his heritage that uses African-American spirituals.
Founded in 1958 by Alvin Ailey, the company is recognised by the U.S. Congress as a vital American "Cultural Ambassador to the World" and Ailey's artists have performed for over 25 million people in 71 countries in six continents during nearly six decades. Alvin Ailey went on to become a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom – America's highest civilian honour.
The Company is now led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, who says: "I'm excited for audiences old and new to experience the uplifting performances that have inspired people the world over, fulfilling Mr. Ailey's belief that 'dance came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people."
A show of contrasting world class dance by Alvin Ailey American Dancer Theater comes to Birmingham
Birmingham Hippodrome's Artistic Director and Chief Executive Fiona Allan says: "I've been lucky to see Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater live on many occasions - both in the UK and in their home city of New York - and truly think they are one of the most compelling and inventive dance companies anywhere in the world.
"The Hippodrome is one of the best stages for dance in Europe, and so seeing one of the world's greatest companies perform here is a real treat."
The production is brought to Birmingham as part of this year's Dance Consortium UK Tour
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB
Tickets cost from £10 by calling 0844 338 5000 or visiting the Birmingham Hippodrome website.
Friday September 23 - Programme B: Open Door / Piazzolla Caldera / Revelations – 2 Hours 5 Mins
Saturday September 24 - Programme A: Exodus / Four Corners / After the Rain Pas de Deux / Revelations - 2 Hours 12 Mins