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The Making of Aszure Barton's LIFT


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February 26, 2014
When Robert Battle assumed the artistic leadership of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2011, he stepped into the formidable footsteps of Ailey himself, who created his unique company of African-american dancers in 1958, and dancer Judith Jamison, who helped keep the company alive after Ailey's death i 1989. Still, he arrived with a well-defined mission.
February 20, 2014
For most of its 50-plus years, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has had a distinctive profile - theatrical, energetic, heartfelt, with powerhouse dancers - that has helped make it the most successful and widely seen modern dance company in the world.
February 20, 2014
Though Robert Battle has helmed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for only three seasons, he's already put his stamp on the company, having essentially taken it into the 21st century. That wasn't a conscious decision, he says; it's more "what I gravitate to and feel I can add."

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October 16, 2013
The propulsive world premiere by in-demand choreographer Aszure Barton, her first commission for Ailey, accentuates the vitality and physical prowess of the Ailey company.

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October 16, 2013
Robert Battle commissioned in-demand choreographer Aszure Barton to create a world premiere on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for their 2013-2014 season. Set to an original, percussive score by musical collaborator Curtis Macdonald, the body of music, like the work itself, is inspired and driven by the energy of the dancers.