Brown’s The Call, another tribute to Mr. Ailey, is too short, but so sweet, and while honoring Mr. Ailey’s love of movement, Brown injects his signature blend of West African, House and modern dance. This time however, Brown includes classical music by Johann Sebastian Bach alongside jazz from Mary Lou Williams, plus African drums and kora playing from the Brooklyn-based Asase Yaa Entertainment Group. The dancers, Jacqueline Green, Jamar Roberts, Fana Tesfagiorgis, Danica Paulos and Solomon Dumas are flawless in the way they capture this tryptic of senses. Brown refers to this work as a “Love Letter” to Mr. Ailey.
In McGregor’s Kairos, the Ailey dancers again show their range which is surely a testament to artistic director, Robert Battle’s eye for bringing in choreographers that show them off. And with personified ease, in all-female or male groups they are gazelles and darting tigers all at the same time. The season ends on Sunday, December 30th. Find out more here