Bryant Park Picnic Performances presents Ailey II and Ailey Extension
Bryant Park Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America continues on July 28 with an Ailey Extension dance class and performance from Ailey II, the celebrated second company to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Led by Artistic Director Francesca Harper, Ailey II, the Next Generation of Dance, comprised of 12 of the most promising early-career dancers is renowned for its dynamic performances, rigorous touring schedule, and community programs.
Performing an evening of works that examines dance under a fresh and intimate lens from the vigorous physicality of Andrea Miller’s Psūkhe to Yannick Lebrun’s poetic ode to French Guiana Saa Magni, to Harper’s elliptical galaxy Freedom Series, Ailey II offers a deeper glance into some of the dance world’s current contemporary voices whose works embody bold, daring, and fresh perspectives. Before the Ailey II performance, Ailey Extension instructor Katherine Jimenez will lead a NY Style Mambo class featuring live music that takes Latin dance back to its roots. This class is open to people of all ages and all levels of dance experience.
This performance is part of Ailey Moves NYC!, Ailey’s 10-day series of outdoor activities for all ages across the five boroughs. This celebration includes performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II, dance in classes and workshops led by Ailey’s Arts In Education and Ailey Extension teachers and musicians, meet current students from the acclaimed Ailey School, and watch the stirring documentary AILEY out in the open air. Ailey is thrilled to bring dance to our fellow New Yorkers of all ages.
Attendees may bring their own food or purchase from on-site food and beverage vendors near the Lawn. At most performances, attendees can purchase food from a rotating line-up of local NYC vendors curated by Hester Street Fair.
The 2022 Picnic Performances season is possible due to the generous support of Bank of America. José Tavarez, President, Bank of America New York City said, “We are thrilled to once again sponsor Picnic Performances and combine our commitment to the arts with our partnership with Bryant Park. Together we’re helping New York City’s iconic cultural scene to thrive, while promoting green spaces and providing free access to live New York City music, dance and theater.”
Bryant Park is situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Take the B, D, F, or M train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park; or, take the 7 train to 5th Avenue.
Ailey Extension’s NY Style Mambo Class will take place at 6 pm before Ailey II takes the stage at 7 pm for their performance. All Bryant Park Picnic Performances are free to attend and entry is first come, first serve.
Visit bryantpark.org/picnics for more information.