Shelter, a passionate statement about the physical and emotional deprivation of homeless people, returns to the Ailey stage 25 years after first being performed by the Company. Set to an inventive score which incorporates poetry by Hattie Gossett and Laurie Carlos – and updated spoken word by Zollar and Paloma McGregor to reflect recent events – this dramatic work delivers the compelling message that the poverty of individuals will inevitably lead to the destitution of all humanity. 

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Finding Refuge in One Another

Two productions from the 1980s returned to the repertory of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater last week, in refurbished form. The new iterations of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar's "Shelter" (1988) and Talley Beatty's "Stack-Up" (1982), par of the company's five-week City Center season, proved a study in contrasts of how dances can weather the passage of time.