Bad Blood

Ulysses Dove's Bad Blood
Please Credit Photo:  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Linda Celeste Sims & Jamar Roberts in Ulysses Dove's Bad Blood.  Photo by Steve Wilson
World Premiere, 1984
Ailey Company Premiere, 1986
Choreographer:  Ulysses Dove 
Music: Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel 
In Bad Blood, emotional passion and kinetic, athletic energy encapsulate the powerful yet extremely tender war between the sexes, asking the question “can we be a duo and an individual at the same time?” With music by Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel, Bad Blood was the precursor to two other phenomenal Dove ballets on the same theme, Episodes and Urban Folk Dance, and the fourth of what would eventually be seven Dove ballets performed by the Ailey dancers. Ulysses Dove has been hailed as one of the most exciting choreographers to emerge in the latter half of the twentieth century, renowned for a style that merged the influences of his choreographic mentors, Alvin Ailey and Merce Cunningham. 

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