Marcus Jarrell Willis, a former Houstonian and now a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, was in awe of the famous company when he first saw it onstage. Willis was a student at the time, and the experience made a lasting impact. It inspired him to become a professional dancer — one, as it happens, with the same company. “To be with the company now, performing the roles I first saw from the audience, it’s been an amazing journey,” he tells us.
Willis, in town for a two-day, three-show stint by the company courtesy of Society for the Performing Arts, confirms the group will perform Ailey’s legendary signature work Revelations. Also on the program is Bill T. Jones’s D-Man in the Waters, Ronald K. Brown’s Grace, Kyle Abraham’s Another Night and Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16.
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8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit spahouston.org. $45 to $105.
March 14-15, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 15, 2 & 8 p.m., 2014