“Nothing prepares you for the totality of Alvin Ailey: the aural, visual, physical, spiritual beauty… Everywhere you looked: sensory pleasure… It dawned on me that I was watching neither high nor low culture but rather a wholly unified thing.” — Zadie Smith, on seeing the Ailey company for the first time.

LAZARUS—the game-changing two-act ballet by choreographer Rennie Harris that created a sensation at its world premiere last year in New York—will be performed twice this week in Los Angeles as Dance at the Music Center welcomes back the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for a spring season.

The work was inspired by the life and legacy of troupe founder Alvin Ailey (1931–1989).


Wednesday and Saturday, April 3 and 6.

Shows at 7:30 pm. Dance Talks one hour prior.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

135 North Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

Rennie Harris, Lazarus, 2018, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theaterin performance (2); Jacqueline Green in Lazarus; Michael Jackson, Jr., and Jeroboam Bozeman in Lazarus. Photographs by Paul Kolnik.

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