Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Music Center in April with three programs of mixed repertory, combining contemporary works with such Ailey classics as 1960's "Revelations."
Alicia Graf Mack, who rejoined the company in 2011 after she was sidelined with an injury for three years, will be front and center in many of the performances. The dancer for the 55-year-old company talked about the engagement while on tour in Gainesville, Fla.
What will you be dancing?
The one I am really excited about is the Ailey classics program. It allows us to keep Mr. Ailey's legacy alive. The first two acts are excerpts of his really great work, and the last one is his signature work, "Revelations."
Who are your artistic models or heroes?
I think actually one of my artistic heroes is Alvin Ailey. Even though I never knew him, I feel like I get to know him a little bit through performing his movement. I see that he was a genius not only of his time, but his works are still relevant today.