I have long coveted the seemingly superhuman strength of dancers in Alvin Ailey's company, since first seeing photographs of their work when still a student. Having not seen them before, I jumped at the chance to see them when they toured recently to Toronto. The company certainly lived up to their reputation. Performing a mix of 4 pieces -- two older, and two very recent -- the programme and performances demonstrated the history as well as the future of this dynamic company. Contrary to many classical companies, wherein the large group dancing are so highly synchronized, that they merge into a single body, this company's strength is that it is a collection of individuals dancing together, but not in perfect harmony.
When moving into solo work, this individualism and personal artistry shines even further. The storytelling through movement was compelling, and carried itself to the back of the Sony Centre.
Most notable within the programme was the second to last piece, Exodus, which was a recent addition to the repertoire (in 2015). Working with a piece of custom and highly contemporary house music, the story and choreography merged beautifully with the music, to reach a stunning climax.
Should you have the chance, I strongly recommend you see the company.