Episodes

Ulysses Dove created his explosive choreographic masterpiece, Episodes, for the classical London Festival Ballet in 1987. The company danced the piece in bare feet. The following year, Dove re-choreographed the dance on pointe for Patrick Dupond’s Ballet Francais de Nancy. In 1989, Alvin Ailey took Episodes into the repertory of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, allowing audiences a glimpse of what dance would look like in the next century. Like his mentor Ailey, who was always exploring the battle of the sexes in his choreography, Dove sharply exposed the eternal dilemma of men and women—can we live with each other or can we live without each other? —to a provocative soundscore by Robert Ruggieri. Judith Jamison said “Dove’s Episodes is riveting and he is one of my favorite choreographers. He was also one of Alvin’s favorites as well as a former Company member. That is the lineage I’m promoting at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.”