Alvin Ailey is kicking off another fantastic season (their 50th, in fact!) starting Dec 3 and it is packed with amazing performances, including Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in Ailey & Ellington. In honor of their 50th year they are having a special night on Dec 4, 1958 night, where tickets are just $19.58 and the program will include numbers from that year. As if those weren’t enough great attractions, opening night festivities will be hosted by none other than Oprah Winfrey. Don’t delay, the season at the New York City Center is a brief five weeks.
With winter on the horizon it’s time for another visit from the wonderful artists from Cirque du Soleil, and their winter spectacular, Wintuk. If you’ve never seen this troupe perform, you simply don’t know what you’re missing. This animal-free circus involves contortion and acrobatics like you’ve never seen before. Amazingly well produced, this show is a treat for all-ages and ethnicities. No need for mittens, this winter delight will keep you warm and awestruck without all the heavy layers. Now playing at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden until Jan 4.
In less high-budget dance news, The Kitchen will host a new production by Beth Gill called what it feels like, what it looks like, that will have a very brief run from Nov 20–22. The piece uses stillness and absence to create tension and appreciation for the choreography that follows. Beth Gill is a Brooklyn-based photographer who has presented works in venues all over NYC.