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About Ailey 2

This Autumn, let the vibrancy and energy of Ailey 2, one of the world’s most successful modern dance companies, lift your spirits as they make their Hull New Theatre debut on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October.

Prepare to be mesmerized by the strength, grace, soul, and sheer emotional power that Ailey 2 brings to the stage as they present a mixed programme of work including Robert Battle’s gripping masterpiece The Hunt; William Forsythe’s enthralling Enemy in the Figure (excerpt) and the beloved classic Revelations, choreographed by Alvin Ailey himself. There will also be a chance to experience the vision of the company’s current Artistic Director Francesca Harper through her Freedom Series (excerpt).

Established in 1974, Ailey 2 has become renowned for its unique role as a bridge between The Ailey School and the professional dance world. It masterfully melds the spirit and energy of the next generation of talented dancers with the creativity of today’s most exceptional and emerging choreographers. Ailey 2 stands as a testament to the perpetuity of Alvin Ailey’s profound legacy.
For those who crave a deeper connection with the world of dance, a special opportunity awaits. Following the performance on Friday 20 October, there will be a post-show Q&A, where dance students, enthusiasts and casual observers alike can gain valuable insights into the professional dance world, learning about the creative processes, challenges and inspirations that fuel the remarkable performance seen on stage.

The event is part of Hull Theatres’ partnership with the Dance Consortium which aims to bring world-class performances to the city, enriching the cultural tapestry of the region and nurturing its own emerging artists. It’s a testament to the belief that the power of the art and dance transcends boundaries and connects communities.

So, mark your calendars for 20 and 21st October and let your heart dance with joy as you witness the extraordinary talent and creativity of Ailey 2 described by the Birmingham Mail as the ‘best dance in [the] world, puts Strictly Come Dancing in shade’. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the magic of modern dance at its finest. Tickets on sale now from



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