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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 

When: March 29-April 3 2011
Price: $34-$62

It's a big year for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Along with performing its uniquely American brand of modern dance from coast to coast, the company is passing the creative torch from Judith Jamison to new artistic director Robert Battle -- and celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Revelations, a piece so beloved that it closes every show. Ailey brings a superb assortment of repertory gems and premieres toZellerbach Hall (Bancroft Way at Dana St., Berkeley) on Tuesday through Sunday, March 29-April 3. The three programs include new pieces like Anointed, with music by Moby and Sean Clements; Jamison's renowned 1971 solo Cry; and Geoffrey Holder's magnificent Haitian-themed The Prodigal Prince. Visit the website to see the programs by date -- it won't be easy to choose. Tue.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. $34-$62. 510-642-9988 or CalPerformances.org

— Claudia Bauer

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