and Michael Jackson, Jr.)
Artistic Director Robert Battle’s Strange Humors (1998), true to the title, was a fun duet, danced so well by Renaldo Gardner and McBride. Keep bringing your treasures to the Ailey crew!
Kyle Abraham’s premiere Another Night was performed by another fabulous cast (see original blog post (12/16) about the 12/5 premiere). Needless to say, this was yet another fabulous showing of this work. Standout performances were from DeVore and Jakel! Well done ladies!
The evening closed with Roland K. Brown’s now iconic work Grace. Certainly not a replacement for the requisite Ailey closer Revelations, but what an idea! Linda Celeste Sims opens with a most meditative solo in all white, as if clearing the space for what is to come. The others would soon enter, in red or white to pulsing sounds that was highlighted by incomparable Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti, whose sounds each of the dancers matched with fierceness. Lucky for the audience that Matthew Rushing (guest artist/rehearsal director who simply cannot help getting on the stage) joined this cast.
Next year then!