Spring brings the budding of new crops, the bright eruption of magnolias and daffodils over the rain-speckled terrain, and the ritualistic return of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall. In addition to the Ailey's venerated classic Revelations, the company comes with a selection of new works and old favorites in three programs that read like a roster of top contemporary choreographers. Premieres include Ronald K. Brown's West African dance infused Four Corners, on the spiritual struggles of earthbound mortals looking for divine solace, and Canadian choreographer Aszure Barton's first commissioned work for the company, Lift. The company also brings Bill T. Jones' 1989 Bessie Award-winning work commemorating the lives of dancers lost to AIDS, D-Man in the Water, and three pieces that highlight Ailey's collaborations with jazz great Duke Ellington, including his 1976 Pas de Duke, originally created for Judith Jamison and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
April 1-5, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 5, 2 p.m.; Sun., April 6, 3 p.m., 2014