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 Artistic Director Robert Battle Announces Programming For Lincoln Center Season June 13 - 17, 2018

New York – April 2, 2018 – Beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for a seven-performance engagement at the David H. Koch Theater June 13 – 17, 2018. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle as it reaches six decades, the Company’s repertory for the season features works by eight choreographers – including a world premiere by Jessica Lang – across three programs. Alvin Ailey’s must-see masterpiece Revelations is the uplifting finale of each performance.

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.

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Dance Spirit - Letter To My Teenage Self: Fana Tesfagiorgis

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Fana Tesfagiorgis captivates audiences with her ethereal grace and powerful, commanding technique. A Madison, WI. native, she began training in ballet at Ballet Madison at age 5, and also studied at Interlochen Arts Academy during high school. Later, she graduated from the Ailey'Fordham program with a BFA in dance and a minor in journalism, and danced with companies including Ailey II, Continuum, Footprints, and Nimbus Dance Works.