Endurance, survival, getting through troubled times: the program that the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Wednesday focused on crucial life lessons - some of them grim.
HOPE BOYKIN (Durham, NC) is a three-time recipient of the American Dance Festival’s Young Tuition Scholarship. She attended Howard University and while in Washington, DC she performed with Lloyd Whitmore’s New World Dance Company. Ms. Boykin was a student and intern at The Ailey School. She was assistant to the late Talley Beatty and an original member of Complexions. Ms. Boykin was a member of Philadanco and received a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”). For Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Ms. Boykin choreographed Acceptance In Surrender (2005) in collaboration with Abdur-Rahim Jackson and Matthew Rushing; Go In Grace with award-winning singing group Sweet Honey In The Rock for the Company's 50th anniversary season; and, most recently, r-Evolution, Dream., inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ms. Boykin joined the Company in 2000.