Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in town for Celebrity Series

In photo: Kirven James Boyd and Rachael McLaren  Photo by Andrew Eccles

Celebrity Series of Boston presents the 43rd Boston appearance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre for an exciting spring program this weekend, opening Thursday and running through Sunday.

Artistic Director Robert Brattle, now in his sophomore year, brings 11 ballets to town for the four-day engagement, including a Boston premiere.

American choreographer Kyle Abraham’s “Another Night” made its world premiere with Ailey’s company this season. The 2012 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner’s piece is urban ballet set to Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers’ cover of “A Night in Tunisia.” And if you just can’t get enough Abraham, you can see more of his work when his company Abraham.in.Motion returns to the Berkshires for the Jacob’s Pillow Festival this summer.

What else can you expect to see? For starters, the cornerstone of the company, Ailey’s iconic “Revelations” (Friday, Saturday matinee, Sunday only); or one of Brattle’s own pieces (“In/Side,” “Strange Humors”); and “Petit Mort” (set to Mozart) from one of the hottest choreographers trending in the Hub in recent years: Czech-Netherlands contemporary master Jiří Kylián, to name a few.

Dance every night this week!

As the season winds down, there’s a chance to see some amazing dance through the weekend, even if you can’t make it to any of the Ailey performances. Fill your social calendar ASAP:

Tuesday-Sunday: Tappin’ through Life: An Evening with Maurice Hines
The Broadway star sings and taps honoring his older brother Gregory Hines all the singers and performers who have shaped his career and the history of tap. Music features the Berklee College of Music Select Big Band. (Cutler Majestic Theatre, artsemerson.org)

Thursday-May 26: Boston Ballet: Coppélia
Mikko Nissinen’s dancers take on George Balanchine’s full-length story ballet about a man who falls in love with a life-size doll. (The Opera House, bostonballet.org)

Friday: Tap Day Celebration!
Looking for a lunch break? ArtsEmerson invites you (regardless of skill level) onstage for a tap dance circle. (Cutler Majestic Theatre, artsemerson.org)

Friday-Saturday: Prometheus Dance: Heart of the Matter
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the modern dance company performs a world premiere. (The Boston Conservatory Theater, worldmusic.org)

Friday-Sunday: José Mateo Ballet Theatre: Method & Madness
JMBT concludes its season with three ballets: “The Sirens,” “Escape” and “Over and Over.” (The Sanctuary Theatre, ballettheatre.org)

If you go
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
Through Sunday
Wang Theatre
270 Tremont St., Boston
$30-$75, 617-482-9393
celebrityseries.org


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