Ailey troupe marks 60 years by looking back at its founder

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater marks its 60th anniversary by looking back at its late founder, who created one of the world's most visible dance companies

NEW YORK -- The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates its 60th anniversary this season, and it's marking the moment by looking back at its late founder, who grew up in poverty in the rural South and created one of the most visible dance companies in the world.

The troupe is presenting several new works looking at Ailey's life, including the hip-hop infused "Lazarus," its first two-act piece. The first act examines the African-American experience through a historical lens, and the second act is an explosion of hip-hop moves.

Of course the company is still presenting its signature work "Revelations," Ailey's most famous creation, set to spirituals and blues music and still in demand across the globe.