Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies and New York City Center’s Principal Dance Company, returns for the 41st consecutive year to the New York City Center stage from November 28, 2012 – December 30, 2012 with exciting performances that have become a joyous holiday tradition. Artistic Director Robert Battle will continue to surprise and delight audiences with premieres and new productions that expand his vision for the company, adding dynamic choreographic voices to the repertory that challenge Ailey’s extraordinary artists in new ways.
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The most daring artistic director: Robert Battle, in his third year at the helm of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, took on Wayne McGregor's wildly articulate contemporary classic, Chroma (made for The Royal Ballet in 2006) - the first NYC company to do so.
Thursday night's concert by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater may have marked the opening of the company's 43rd annual Celebrity Series visit but it was hardly business as usual.
"I grew up with music. Music is my first love," says Kyle Abraham, the up-and-coming choreographer whose first commission from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be prominetly featured when the company returns to Newark this weekend.