Takademe

(1999)
                                                                              
Choreographer: Robert Battle
Music: Sheila Chandra
 
Artistic Director Robert Battle mixes humor and high-flying movement in this fiery work. The complex, tightly woven rhythms of Indian Kathak dance are deconstructed and abstracted in this percussive, fast‐paced work, where clear shapes and propulsive jumps mimic the vocalized rhythmic syllables of Sheila Chandra’s syncopated score.
 
Robert Battle comments: Takademe is near and dear to me as one of my first creations. It’s a work I made in the tiny living room of my old apartment in Queens. As I begin as Artistic Director, I want to acknowledge my journey, look back on what I did with so little and recognize having so very much now. Also, the work has a sense of humor, and some of my other works that have been done at Ailey were in a more serious vein. I wanted to share another aspect of myself with the Ailey audience.”

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Announces Programming For 21-City North American Tour January 30 - May 13, 2018

New York, NY – January 30, 2018 – Following an acclaimed five-week season launch in New York City, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will continue to grace stages from coast to coast during a 21-city North American tour beginning January 30th in Chapel Hill, NC. On February 6th, a week-long engagement at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. opens with a gala to benefit Ailey's D.C. programs, including the creation of new works, arts-in- education activities, and scholarships to talented young area dancers to attend The Ailey School in New York. Black History Month performances kick off in Memphis – where the heroic Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago – before spreading Ailey’s legacy of uniting, enlightening, and educating people of all backgrounds throughout the month in Washington D.C., Birmingham, Miami, Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Charlotte. Other highlights on the tour include Chicago, Houston, Boston and Berkeley, culminating with a Mother’s Day performance in Newark on May 13th.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Annual Washington D.C. Opening Night Gala Benefit At Kennedy Center For Performing Arts - February 6

(Washington, D.C.) January 25, 2018 – On Tuesday, February 6, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s annual Washington, D.C. Opening Night Gala Benefit kicks off the opening of its week-long engagement at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. After the 7pm opening program on the Opera House stage – featuring performances of a D.C. premiere, new production, and Alvin Ailey’s American masterpiece Revelations – Artistic Director Robert Battle and Ailey’s renowned dancers will join guests for dinner and dancing on the Terrace Level of the Kennedy Center.

Marking a Decade at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Announces Programming for Miami Engagement February 22-25, 2018

NEW YORK – January 18, 2018 — Led by Liberty City native and Artistic Director Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater announces programming for celebration of a decade at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County Thursday, February 22 - Sunday, February 25. The highly-anticipated Miami engagement is co-presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County as part of the Center’s Knight Masterworks Season - Dance Series, which is offered with support from Knight Foundation. The engagement is also supported by Ailey Tour Sponsor Bank of America.

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American Latino - Gustavo Sansano Dances His Way To The Top

Spanish Choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano embraced dance at a young age. And while modern dancing is a competitive field that is known for grinding talent down and burning them our quickly, Gustavo has achieved a long lasting career. Today he is sought after by almost many major dance companies around the world, and recently with his new project titled Victoria, which is a modern dance take to today’s political climate, Gustavo caught the eye of one of the most prestigious dance companies in the world: Alvin Ailey. For more on his new gig, here is Gustavo himself, only on American Latino TV.

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Latina - Meet Belén Pereyra-Alem, The Dominican Dancer Who's Stealing The Show At Alvin Ailey

From her early days working at restaurants to pay the bills while she paid her dues, to dancing with one of the world’s most beloved dance companies - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Belén Pereyra-Alem has come a long way. Standing at just 5’3”, the 30-year old Dominican-American dancer is larger than life with spirit and soul. This Latina pours all her energy into each performance, fully dancing with an open heart and bringing characters to life on stage in the most magnificent of ways. But the road hasn’t always been easy for her. Just before heading out on Ailey’s 21-city national tour starting January 30, we caught up with the Inspiring Latina who shares her pride in her Latina roots, her passion for dance, and more than a few inspiring words.

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CBS Miami - Focus On South Florida: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Focus on South Florida host Rudabeh Shahbazi sits down for an extended one-on-one interview with Robert Battle. The Liberty City native is the creative director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He is in town ahead of the company's February performances at the Arsht Center which celebrate Black History Month.