Previously recorded audio by Leslie Odom, Jr., who left his Tony-winning role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton earlier this year, will be heard in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's presentation of r-Evolution, Dream, which is being presented December 9 at New York City Center.
The world premiere was created by veteran company member Hope Boykin, who was inspired by the sermons and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In fact, Boykin conceived the evening following a visit to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta during Ailey’s annual U.S. tour. She has created a large ensemble work in which the Ailey dancers are joined by members of Ailey II. Boykin, according to press notes, “melds creative storytelling, new music composed by Ali Jackson (Jazz at Lincoln Center), and historic and original writings” narrated by Odom, Jr.
The evening also features two other works: Four Corners, with choreography by Ronald K. Brown; and Revelations, featuring the choreography of the late Alvin Ailey.PlaybillStore.com.