Alvin Ailey Family Matinee at New York City Center stage performances

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to New York City Center stage for the 60th Anniversary holiday season from November 28- December 30, which includes the Family Matinee series on Saturdays at 2pm.


We enjoyed a Alvin Ailey Saturday family matinee performance last year, which was followed by a Q&A session with the dancers. It's a great experience and I encourage more families to get tickets! We're looking forward to attending again this year.

Among the premieres debuting this season, select Family Matinee performances will introduce families to

  • "EN" (Dec 1) Jessica Lang’s 100th ballet returning to the stage after its recent Lincoln Center premiere
  • 2018 Dance Magazine Award winner Ronald K. Brown’s "The Call" (Dec 8 and 29), a rousing mix of modern and African dance
  • British powerhouse Wayne McGregor’s "Kairos" (Dec 29), an innovative contemporary ballet.
  • A special program entitled, “Timeless Ailey,” (Dec 15 and 22) featuring over a dozen treasures from Mr. Ailey’s body of work, including highlights of seldom-seen gems Mary Lou’s Mass and The Lark Ascending.

Every Family Matinee program concludes with Alvin Ailey’s timeless American masterpiece Revelations - one of the most well-known and respected ballets in the history of dance.

Springing from Ailey’s childhood memories of growing up in the south and attending services at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Texas, Revelations pays homage to the rich cultural heritage of the African-American and explores the emotional spectrum of the human condition.

FAMILY MATINEE PERFORMANCES – Schedule and Programming

Saturday, December 1, 2pm – Stack-Up, EN, Revelations (with live music)
Saturday, December 8, 2pm – The Golden Section, The Call, Ella, Revelations
Saturday, December 15, 2pm – Timeless Ailey program including Revelations
Saturday, December 22, 2pm – Timeless Ailey program including Revelations
Saturday, December 29, 2pm – Kairos, The Call, Revelations


Additional premieres and repertory favorites highlighted on programs during the Family Matinee Series will include:

  • Stack-Up, Talley Beatty’s work depicting the emotional “traffic” in a community that is stacked on top of each other.
  • The Golden Section, a sizzling work set to a rocking score by David Byrne by Twyla Tharp.
  • Ella, Robert Battle’s tour-du-force duet set to Ella Fitzgerald’s virtuosic scatting in the song “Airmail Special.”

Ailey kicks off two weeks of special programs beginning on Tuesday December 11, with a tribute to City Center’s 75th Birthday, featuring Paul Taylor’s Piazzolla Caldera.

The festivities continue with the Timeless Ailey program, comprised of over a dozen treasures from Mr. Ailey’s wonderfully rich body of work, including highlights of seldom-seen gems Mary Lou’s Mass and The Lark Ascending as well as perennial favorites like Love Songs, Night Creature, Cry and, of course, Revelations. Other exciting programs include All Ailey, Three Visionaries, All New, and All Battle, along with the Saturday Family Matinee Series.


Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s acclaimed dancers will share inspiring artistry with premieres, new productions, repertory favorites by some of today’s prolific choreographers, along with a variety of special programs, including:

  • Lazarus (world premiere), the Company’s first two-act ballet by Rennie Harris, inspired by Alvin Ailey’s life and legacy. Harris connects the past and present in the powerful work that addresses the racial inequities America faced when Mr. Ailey founded this company in 1958 and still faces today.
  • 2018 Dance Magazine Award winner Ronald K. Brown’s The Call (world premiere), a rousing mix of modern and African dance with themes of spiritual awakening and redemption that never fail to inspire.
  • British powerhouse Wayne McGregor’s Kairos (company premiere), an innovative contemporary ballet with a multi-layered setting that frames the sinuous, angular movement.
  • A new production of Artistic Director Robert Battle’s first work for the Company, Juba, a modern day “Rite of Spring” with an abstract twist set to an original score by John Mackey.
  • 2014 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award recipient Jessica Lang’s luminous EN (world premiere) returns to the stage after its recent Lincoln Center premiere – her 100th ballet and Ailey debut.

As the Principal Dance Company of New York City Center, Ailey has been bringing audiences there to their feet since 1971, when it became the historic theater’s first resident modern dance company.

Tickets starting at $29 are on sale now at the New York City Center Box Office, through CityTix® at (212) 581-1212, or online at www.alvinailey.org or www.nycitycenter.org.

Discount tickets are available for Ailey Super Fans who purchase tickets for more than one performance, for students with an appropriate ID, and for groups of 10 or more (discounts do not apply to $29 tickets). For group sales, call 212-405-9082 or e-mail groupsales@alvinailey.org.

For more information about Family Matinee Series at New York City Center, visit - www.alvinailey.org/citycenter

For more information about Ailey Ascending 60th Anniversary Celebration, visit - www.alvinailey.org/ailey60

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