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Ailey II takes centre stage next month

Published:Friday | August 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Nejila Innerarity Clarke of Dance 4 Life at the May media launch of the Wolmer's Trust Ailey II performances set for Jamaica next month. -Photo by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
From left: Comparing notes are Christopher Samuda, Conrad Graham and Pauline Findlay, some of the organisers of the Wolmer's Trust anniversary celebrations. - Photo by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
Artistic director of Ailey II Dance Company, Troy Powell, addresses the May launch of Ailey II's performance in Jamaica. -Photo by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

With a little more than a month to go, tickets for the highly anticipated Jamaican performances of renowned dance troupe Ailey II are going like the figurative hot bread.

The performances - scheduled for Sunday, September 28, at the Little Theatre on Tom Redcam Avenue - are presented by the Wolmer's Trust, as part of the 285th anniversary of the Wolmer's Trust Schools. There are two shows on the day - a matinee at 4 p.m., and gala performance at 8 p.m.

Ailey II's performances will culminate another year of the Wolmer's Prep School Season of Dance, also scheduled for that September weekend.

Patrice Wallace, marketing assistant at Trafalgar Travel, one of the major sponsors of the event, said one of the theatre's two balcony sections has already been sold out for the 4 p.m. show. She indicated the 4 p.m. tickets are selling quite well and gala tickets are not far behind.

"So we are encouraging persons to go out and try to get the seats they want," she said.

Wallace explained that persons buying tickets online at www.trainingcampja.com can click on a tab to see the layout of the Little Theatre. As long as particular seats are available, they can purchase those spots where they believe they will get the best view. Tickets went on sale Monday, August 11, and early bird specials lasted until the 15th. But that has not stemmed the flow of tickets.

"We've been getting calls every day," said Wallace. "We even have a few persons from overseas who have already bought tickets."


For the matinee show, tickets are priced at US$40, US$50 and US$60. Tickets for the gala performance are US$70, US$80 and US$90. Tickets are also available at Training Camp, Upper Manor Park Plaza.

Founded in 1974, Ailey II is the younger creation of the late American dance pioneer Alvin Ailey, who wanted to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training and community programmes for all people. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which he founded in 1958, continues to perform globally.