Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and MOMIX Added to Fire Island Dance Festival
Two of the country’s most celebrated dance companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and MOMIX, have been added to the lineup of the 25th anniversary edition of Fire Island Dance Festival on July 19-21, 2019, in Fire Island Pines, NY. Produced by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Fire Island Dance Festival (#fidance) will bring world-class dance from an array of styles to a picturesque waterfront stage on the Great South Bay.
The legendary and groundbreaking Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, founded by Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Alvin Ailey, will present “Sinner Man,” an excerpt of the company’s lauded masterwork Revelations. MOMIX, founded by Guggenheim Fellow Moses Pendleton, will share the energetic and irresistible Men’s Poles.
The previously announced companies and choreographers performing at Fire Island Dance Festival are: A.I.M, founded by Kyle Abraham, premiering an excerpt of a work that will debut in full in 2020; Emmy Award nominee and Fire Island Dance Festival favorite Al Blackstone presenting a world premiere; Dorrance Dance presenting a world premiere tap piece; Martha Nichols (The Greatest Showman, La La Land) presenting a solo piece performed by Ballet British Columbia’s Jordan Lang; Paul Taylor Dance Company sharing Sunset, an iconic piece from Taylor’s legendary repertoire; choreographer Garrett Smith sharing a world premiere performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet principal Lucien Postlewaite and corps de ballet member Christopher D’Ariano; Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon sharing a world premiere work; and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer James Whiteside sharing a world premiere performed by fellow ABT dancers corps de ballet member Aran Bell and soloist Catherine Hurlin.
Ephrat Asherie Dance, a New York City-based company rooted in street and social dance, will kick off the festival Friday night at the Leadership Event at Whyte Hall, which is reserved exclusively for Leadership Supporters. Leadership Supporters also enjoy tickets to the highly coveted sunset performance on Saturday or the best seats in the house at the 5 pm performances on Saturday or Sunday, along with prominent recognition in the harbor and throughout the Pines.
Tickets for Fire Island Dance Festival are on sale now at dradance.org