Strange Humors

Robert Battle's Strange Humors
Please Credit Photo: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Jamar Roberts and Antonio Douthit in Artistic Director Robert Battle's Strange Humors. Photo by Paul Kolnik
Company Premiere
(1998)
 
Choreographer: Robert Battle                                     
Music: John Mackey
 
Artistic Director Robert Battle’s Strange Humors is a thrillingly intense duet set to a propulsive score for strings and African drum by composer John Mackey, a fellow Juilliard classmate with Mr. Battle. This riveting company premiere pits two men against each other in surprising sequences that ignite with aggression and discord, mischievousness and humor, as the relationship between the two dancers builds to an exciting crescendo.
 
Robert Battle comments: Strange Humors is a physically challenging duet containing influences of tango, Martha Graham and hints of hip hop and martial arts, with unexpected leaps and falls, that break the viewer’s false sense of security. The title of this work was inspired by the writings of Maya Angelou – ‘When I think of death, and of late the idea has come with alarming frequency, I seem at peace with the idea that a day will dawn when I will no longer be among those living in this valley of strange humors.’”

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