In the turbulent year of 1968, then Celebrity Series Executive Director Walter Pierce took a chance with a single night engagement of a dynamic, emerging, African-American dance company at Boston’s John Hancock Hall. The success of the Boston debut of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has led to a 50-year relationship between this iconic dance company and the city of Boston. Through decades of brilliant performances and educational outreach, the partnership between Celebrity Series and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has had a deep and lasting impact on the Greater Boston Community. We celebrate this anniversary as a milestone of the performing arts in our city.
50 YEARS OF AILEY
A range of activities are planned throughout the 2017-2018 season to honor the unique 50-year relationship between Celebrity Series of Boston, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the City of Boston. From a symposium on Ailey’s 50 years in Boston in the Fall, to in-school residencies in January, Revelations community workshops (in locations around the City of Boston) in February, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s return engagement at the Boch Center Wang Theatre, March 22-25, the 2017-2018 season will be an Ailey celebration!
“Unbelievable. Go see Ailey. It’s change-your-life good.”
—NBC’s Today Show
Pricing, sections, and programs are subject to change.
Celebrity Society and Dress Circle Event
The Dance Series is sponsored by The Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Royal Little Family Foundation & The Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation.