Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater review – bewildering speed and irresistible elan

Sadler’s Wells, London
The present moment breathes through every pore as the long-established US dance troupe begin their UK tour with superb and energetic confidence

No company in the world has so intimate a relationship with a single work as Alvin Ailey does with Revelations. With its deep, juicy core of Martha Graham-based dance, its heart-stopping gospel score and ebullient mix of sincerity and showmanship, Ailey’s 1960 classic has become the company’s bread and butter and its pride. They perform it at the close of almost every show and, as the company returned to the UK for their six-week tour, I thought I might have already seen it one too many times.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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