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Tuskegee Lyceum Series welcomes AILEY II to the stage

March 09, 2017

Ailey II posterThe Tuskegee University Lyceum Series will feature the nationally acclaimed ALIEY II on March 19, 2017. The performance will take place in Logan Hall on the campus and is set to begin at 7:00 p.m.  The public is invited.

For more than forty years, Ailey II has merged the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Started in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Ailey II embodies Alvin Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training and community programs for all people. Mr. Ailey personally selected the veteran dancer Sylvia Waters to lead this junior company, and as its Artistic Director for 38 years, she developed Ailey II into one of America’s most popular dance companies. In June 2012, Ms. Waters retired and named her longtime associate Troy Powell as the new Artistic Director. With Mr. Powell at the helm, Ailey II continues to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company.

The critically-acclaimed Ailey II has a distinctive repertory that has included works by dance masters Alvin Ailey, Talley Beatty, Donald Byrd, Ulysses Dove, George W. Faison, Lar Lubovitch, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle and Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison. The company has also performed innovative works by rising choreographers such as Kyle Abraham, Jennifer Archibald, and Manuel Vignoulle. Touring throughout the United States and abroad, Ailey II will reach dozens of cities during its 2016-2017 tour. 

The 2016-17 Lyceum Series brings notable speakers, along with cultural and entertainment activities, to enrich both the University and surrounding community. This year’s series lineup includes Bryan Stevenson, Kevin Powell, Synthia Saint James and the popular modern dance company Alvin Ailey II. 

For more information about the Lyceum Series go to: www.tuskegee.edu/lyceum.  

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