Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater “The River”

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of this country’s artistic treasures, performed a selection of new and older works at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts March 27 to 30. One of the pieces was Ailey’s “The River,” from 1970, which is danced by the full company and uses water imagery as an allegory for birth, life, and rebirth. Danced to an original score by Duke Ellington, “The River” features a central duet performed here by Matthew Rushing and Linda Celeste Sims. Freelance photographer Michael Khoury shot these scenes from the ballet on March 30, and it’s our pleasure to share them with you.