Revelations by Alvin Ailey
“I’ve probably seen it countless times and every time it’s magical and spiritual and hopeful” – Oprah Winfrey on the original work
Alvin Ailey’s ground breaking ‘Revelations’ has become a cultural treasure that has been beloved by generations of fans, since its premiere in 1960. The piece was born from Ailey’s own memories, of his childhood in rural Texas and the Baptist Church. It tells the story of African-American faith and tenacity, from slavery to freedom, through a suite of dances set to spiritual and blues music.
Having been performed continuously around the world, and appealing to universal emotions (making it the most widely-seen modern dance work in the world) ClassAction Dance, our second year dance practitioners, reinvented this unique, energetic and spiritual dance theatre piece using the original music and choreography adding their own twists and re-interpretations.
“Revelations is a seminal dance piece, and our second year dancers have deeply connected with the major themes and issues contained within the narrative and characters. We are so proud of this work, it was a very special performance.” Andrew Pullen Head of Department
Students from Busbridge Junior School also joined ClassAction for the night, opening the show with a lively performance inspired by ‘Revelations’ and African-American dance.
ClassAction regularly collects for charity on performance evenings. The Revelations cast shose to support The Samson Centre for MS; a local charity in Guildford who provide practical and emotional support for people living with multiple sclerosis in Surrey. £361.84 was raised through the raffle and donation buckets.