Alvin Ailey’s Memory Endures at Prospect Park

August 04, 2011 at 5:13 pm

The Ailey II dancers of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will grace the stage on Saturday Aug. 6, with a special performance of Alvin Ailey’s Revelations in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The event honors the 50th anniversary since the premiere of Ailey’s signature dance.

Alvin Ailey was an African American dancer and choreographer, whose diverse and dynamic dance troupe gained international fame in the 60’s.  Revelations is Ailey’s most popular and most performed dance, combining ballet, jazz, modern and African dance techniques. Revelations is a tribute to Ailey’s African American heritage, and celebrates the journey from slavery to freedom.

The free performance is part of Celebrate Brooklyn!, a summer-long outdoor festival celebrating contemporary visual and performing arts that reflect the diversity of Brooklyn. Click here to view a full calender of  events.

Brooklyn continues its summer celebration of arts and culture on August 7, with Free Summer Sunday. The event, hosted by Heart of Brooklyn, offers free admission to some of Brooklyn’s cultural institutions, including Prospect Park Zoo, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Brooklyn Museum. Participants can also receive deals and discounts at participating coffee shops, restaurants and bars for saying “I Heart Brooklyn!”

Click here for a complete listing of local participants.

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