There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Sixteen years after choreographer Alvin Ailey died, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater lives on, filling big theaters thanks to a seemingly simple, four-part artistic and marketing plan. Ailey’s successor, former dancer Judith Jamison, features one work rooted in African-American pop culture, one experimental effort, one piece she’s choreographed herself, and an Ailey standard. So even though choreographer David Parsons received bad reviews last year for the ’70s-disco-inspired steps of “Shining Star,” this paean to Earth, Wind & Fire’s funky R&B will return. Thankfully, it also means the bill will include the better-reviewed “Solo,” by daring Dutch ballet choreographer Hans Van Manen; the D.C. premiere of Jamison’s jazz-ballad-filled “Reminiscin’”; and the Ailey classic “Revelations,” which uses gospel’s music and movements in a way that still seems fresh four-and-a-half decades later. The performance begins at 7 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, 2700 F St., NW. $29–$76. (202) 467-4600. (SK)