Ailey II Comes to the Paramount Theatre
Ailey II, the internationally heralded dance company, will perform at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland on Saturday, October 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at 802-775-0903 or paramountvt.org. Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Ailey II is one of the most popular dance companies in the country, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs. After two record-breaking seasons as artistic directort, Troy Powell announces two richly diverse new commissions in his third year at the helm of the Company.
“I always aim to commission ballets that challenge the dancers and help them develop as artists. Our 12 dancers are excited to hit the road and share their gifts with the world. I’m so proud that 40 years after its inception, Ailey II continues to offer incomparable opportunities to young professional dance artists and rising choreographers,” Troy Powell said.
Manuel Vignoulle’s athletic full-company world premiere work, ‘Breakthrough,’ is set to haunting music by Swedish composer Mikael Karlsson and examines the struggle to connect in a world where these connections are often just out of our reach. Vignoulle’s diverse international background, first as a dancer and now as a choreographer, informs his creative approach — drawing on both the introspective, conceptual world of European modernism and the more outwardly expressive culture of American dance. Small wonder, then, that he views dance as “an art without borders which generates feelings that touch people’s hearts and lead them to reconnect with their own humanity.” The Paramount Theatre is located in historic downtown Rutland, Vermont at 30 Center Street.