Dance Performances - Journey

About Journey


Joyce Trisler, one of the Ailey company’s first members, set her ethereal female solo to Charles Ives’s “The Unanswered Question.” 

A solo dance originally choreographed in 1958 and later incorporated into a revised version of a larger work by Joyce Trisler called "Theater Piece" (1960).  Journey is set to "The Unanswered Question" by Charles Ives (1874-1954), composed some time before 1909  - a short, intensely evocative orchestral mood poem comprising a steady, soft background of muted strings, a persistently repeated "Question" by a solo trumpet and an unsuccessful hunt for the "Answer" undertaken with increasing urgency by the flutes.

Generous support for this new production was provided by The Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey - Sara & Bill Morgan New Works Endowment Fund and The Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn & Nicolas Rohatyn New Works Endowment Fund.

This work has also been made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Joyce Trisler joined the Lester Horton Dance Theatre at the age of 15, where she met and performed with Alvin Ailey. Following her move to New York, she spent five years as a leading dancer with Doris Humphrey’s Juilliard Dance Theatre before performing with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater until 1964. Ms. Trisler staged numerous operas and Broadway shows, including Joseph Papps’ New York Shakespeare Festival productions. In 1974, she formed the Joyce Trisler Danscompany and created several acclaimed works, including Dance for Six, Rite of Spring, and Four Temperaments. Shortly after her untimely death in 1979, Alvin Ailey created his tribute ballet Memoria and dedicated it to “the joy…the beauty…the creativity…and the wild spirit of my friend Joyce Trisler.”

Performance Schedule & Tickets

There are no upcoming performances for this repertory piece.



Diane Grumet


“The Unanswered Question” by Charles Ives. Used by permission of Peer International Corporation.


Malcolm McCormick


Nicola Cernovitch

First Performance


Run Time

6 minutes

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