The External Knot

Troy Powell's The External Knot
Please Credit Photo: Ailey II in Troy Powell's The External Knot.  Photo by Eduardo Patino

Choreography: Troy Powell

Production Credits:
Music by Philip Glass and Robert Schumann
Costume design by Jon Taylor
Lighting design by Al Crawford
Troy Powell’s The External Knot is a modern work that follows the journey of a young man who attempts to show a group of individuals that he does not need them and is sufficient on his own. The piece captures the internal battle the young man is fighting against being lonely. He goes through stages of despair, alienation and finally reconciliation. The group tries to encourage the man to join them while they experience their own trials and tribulations. By the end of The External Knot the man is not certain whether or not he wants to be a part of the group, but it is clear that he has made some sort of breakthrough.

Troy Powell is a former member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and currently is the Associate Artistic Director of Ailey II. Powell has been called “one of the most intriguing African American choreographic voices working today” by The Kansas City Star.

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