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Alvin Ailey dancers give Segerstrom audience humanity, heart and 'Revelations'

Alvin Ailey dancers give Segerstrom audience humanity, heart and 'Revelations'

Brotherhood. There’s a word glaringly absent from public mood and discourse. But brotherhood is integral to the work of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the company has the idea front and center in two pieces presented Thursday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

This multicultural, mostly African American company began its five-show run at Segerstrom with “Exodus,” a 2015 hip-hop work by Philadelphia choreographer Rennie Harris. The arresting opening tableau sets up this contemporary obituary: A dark stage littered with bodies dimly visible and a woman (Hope Boykin), trembling with grief, cradling a lifeless man (Matthew...

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