The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre is bringing New York City's Ailey II back to town. Widely renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the most talented young dancers with the passion and creative vision of today’s emerging choreographers, Ailey II embodies Alvin Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs. Under the artistic direction of Troy Powell, the Ailey spirit shines as this critically acclaimed company presents an exhilarating and diverse repertory of timeless classics and electrifying new works. Ailey II will perform a variety of pieces from its repertoire including excerpts from Revelations. Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. Of the piece Oprah Winfrey said, “Every American owes it to him or herself to see the Ailey [company] perform Revelations. It is an American phenomenon. I’ve probably seen it countless times and every time it’s magical and spiritual and hopeful—everything that we want ourselves to be and hope that our country will be.” 7 pm at the River Center. $35–$40 tickets are available through Ticketmaster, the River Center Box Office or by calling (225) 766-8379.