Ailey II Dance Company to Grace Susquehanna University Stage
March 10, 2010
SELINSGROVE—Ailey II, the second company of New York-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will perform March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Susquehanna University’s Degenstein Center Theater. Ailey II is renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most promising emerging choreographers.
Ailey II’s Artistic Director Sylvia Waters, appointed by Alvin Ailey in 1974, has established this ensemble as one of the most popular dance companies in the country. The company’s repertory includes 17 ballets created by rising choreographers, dance veterans and Ailey himself. The Susquehanna audience will be treated to “The External Knot” by Troy Powell, a former member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and currently the associate artistic director of Ailey II; “Splendid Isolation II,” by Jessica Lang, adapted specifically for the Ailey II dancers; Robert Battle’s “The Hunt,” a ballet for six men about the relationship between modern sports and the rituals of the gladiators, set to a wildly percussive soundtrack; and “Movin’ On” by George W. Faison, a former dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the first African American choreographer to win a Tony Award, for his choreography in “The Wiz.”
“Audiences can expect a high-energy performance,” said Valerie Martin, dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Communications and associate professor of music at Susquehanna. “The performance will be a mix of classical ballet with modern dance, set to music as diverse as that of Philip Glass, Robert Schumann and renowned jazz singer Betty Carter.”
The Susquehanna University Artist Series has been presenting internationally acclaimed artists of dance, music and theatre for the university and larger community since 1902. The Artist Series seeks to encourage an aesthetic appreciation of diverse cultures as well as the artistic heritage of humankind. Performances are often linked in ways that ad¬vance intellectual engagement through master classes, lectures or content of the artistic presentation. The Ailey II performance is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through its regional arts funding partnership, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). PPA is administered in this region by Community Partnerships RC&D.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased by calling 570-372-ARTS or visiting the Susquehanna University box office Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center.
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.
Karen M. Jones