Fusing jazz with jetés and funk with fouettes, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatercombines musical, religious, historical and theatrical elements of African-American culture into a dynamic visual explosion. This week's production includes several new pieces inspired by Ailey, as well as the late choreographer's own timeless, soulful, elegant dances. In his "Revelations," perhaps Ailey's most emotional work, the dancers tell the most painful and the most joyous stories of African-American heritage through gospel-blues and traditional dance. And in the newer, hip-hop-infused "Love Stories," the dancers groove to the soothing voice of Stevie Wonder against a backdrop of dream-like lighting.
Feb. 17-18, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 19, 2 p.m.