I'm just back from the Capital Theater where Ailey II brought their touring troupe of modern dancers to hundreds of Alvin Ailey devotees more than willing to brave the snarled, snowy traffic and genuinely dreadful Riffe Center parking for a night of ... well, simply inspiring, sometimes gravity-defying, dance.
Due to an injury, the program changed just before the show - swapping out new work for favorite classics. To the delight of the crowd. The final piece was Relevations. Perhaps the troupe's best known work, rife with spiritual urgency and exaltation. It received a standing (mittened) ovation.
The middle work was Cry. A 16-minute interlude centered on a flowing white dress wrapped around an intense, muscled illusion of a dancer. The music was classic Ailey - an ardent composition by Alice Coltrane and others.
The first piece was more current. A spirited, stylish celebration; with memories of the church; delivered with the rough movements that leap ballet to deliver "modern" at it most playful.
All and all, an unforgettable night.