Greenwood

Celebrated choreographer Donald Byrd draws on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre as his main source for Greenwood, a riveting ensemble work with music by Israeli violist and composer Emmanuel Witzthum. As a TONY nominee (The Color Purple), Bessie Award-winner (The Minstrel Show), and 2019 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, Byrd is an “unabashed eclectic” (The New York Times) celebrated for his creation of compelling characters and exploring complex societal issues through dance. As his fifth work for the company, Greenwood navigates through one of the worst incidents of racial violence in US history and explores the story through different lenses of those who were affected.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Returns To Atlanta's Fabulous Fox Theatre From February 20-23 With "AILEY REVEALED" Season Performances As Part Of 2020 United States Tour To 21 Cities

ATLANTA – UPDATED January 10, 2020 – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre from February 20 – 23 for six dynamic performances featuring three separate programs that bring the “Ailey Revealed” 2020 season to Atlanta and 21 cities across the United States. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s 32 extraordinary dancers will bring to life two topical world premieres that shine a spotlight on social issues – celebrated choreographer Donald Byrd’s Greenwood and Ailey Dancer and Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts’ Ode. Company premieres and new productions will be presented by preeminent choreographers Aszure Barton, Camille A. Brown, Judith Jamison and Darrell Moultrie. Alvin Ailey’s must-see American masterpiece Revelations will culminate each program.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Returns To Atlanta's Fabulous Fox Theatre February 20-23, 2020 With "AILEY REVEALED" As Part Of 21-City North American Tour

ATLANTA – November 1, 2019 – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, announces a return to the Fabulous Fox Theatre, February 20 – 23 as part of a 21-city North American tour, for their highly anticipated 2020 Atlanta engagement with six inspiring performances showcasing Ailey’s 32 extraordinary dancers. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Atlantans will be mesmerized and moved with diverse works by preeminent choreographers, including world premieres that shine a spotlight on social issues by celebrated choreographer Donald Byrd and Ailey dancer and first-ever Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts. Full programming and details will be announced in January 2020.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Announces Programming For New York City Center Season December 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020

NEW YORK – UPDATED October 24, 2019 — Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Center’s Principal Dance Company, returns to the theater’s stage from December 4, 2019 – January 5, 2020. Artistic Director Robert Battle leads Ailey’s 32 extraordinary dancers during this annual five-week engagement, which has become a joyous holiday tradition. The repertory features more than two dozen diverse works by some of the world’s preeminent choreographers, including world premieres by Donald Byrd and Ailey dancer and newly announced Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts, company premieres by Aszure Barton and Camille A. Brown, and new productions by Judith Jamison and Lar Lubovitch.

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The New York Times - That Goddess Quality? This Ailey Dancer's Got It

Jacqueline Green was a shy 13-year-old when her mother, considering possible schools in Baltimore, observed two qualities that her daughter possessed. “You’re the artsy child,” Ms. Green recalled her saying. “You’re flexible.” Soon after, Ms. Green found herself at a dance audition for Baltimore School for the Arts. It was not only her first audition, it was also her first ballet class. “I had on Payless tights and shoes, and I don’t know where we found a leotard,” Ms. Green said. “I had my hair slicked back in this bun and I thought: ‘People actually do this? Holding your arms out is tiring.’”

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The New Yorker - Goings On About Town: Contemporary Dance

Masazumi Chaya, a beloved animating spirit of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre since 1972, first decided to retire in 1986. But Ailey asked him to stay on as an assistant to the rehearsal director, and so Chaya stayed, and stayed - through Ailey's death, two changeovers of artistic director, and several generations of dancers. Now, as Chaya finally follows through on his retirement plan, the company honors its associate artistic director with a tribute evening on Dec. 22, part of its five-week season at City Center.

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WNYC - Donald Byrd's Theory Of Disruption

It’s Morning Edition on WNYC. I'm Richard Hake. A new work of dance premiering tonight draws from the story of a racist mob attack in Oklahoma back in 1921. Greenwood will be performed by the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. It explores the story of a massacre in the affluent black Greenwood district of Tulsa, known at the time as America's black Wall Street. Donald Byrd is the choreographer who created the piece. And it's our pleasure that he's with us this morning in the studio, Mr. Bird. Good morning.