Alvin Ailey troupe revives classic work during run at the Fox. The sidewalks around the former Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter are now empty, but a few blocks up Peachtree Street, near the Fox Theatre, a woman is sometimes seen hundred in dirty blankets, sleeping on the sidewalk or staring into space. She's a reminder that "Shelter," choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar's 1988 work on homelessness, remains relevant. The sign of people living on the streets troubled Zollar 38 years ago, when she first moved to New York City.
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.