One of the leading companies of the international modern dance circuit - the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - is currently touring Switzerland.
With routines described as "funk jazz" and members whose fitness and energy match their obvious pleasure in dancing, the troupe has a worldwide following thanks to its frequent tours - and television appearances.
The exuberance of the dancers on stage owe much to the idealistic approach of the company's founder Alvin Ailey - who died in 1989.
Judith Jamison, who he appointed to succeed him shortly before his death, says she is carrying on a tradition of encouraging women to choreograph, and recruiting dancers from the black community.
And frequent performances on television ensure that the message of dance reaches as wide a public as possible.
The tour repertoire includes "Grace" by the young choreographer, Ronald K.Brown, and "Diving", a piece especially created for the company, and a homage to the late Duke Ellington.
After performances in Lausanne, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater goes on Zurich on October 11 and then Basel from October 17 to 22.
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