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NBC News - Hope Boykin’s 'r-Evolution, Dream' an Ode to Martin Luther King Jr.

The start of "r-Evolution, Dream," a new ensemble work by veteran Alvin Ailey dancer Hope Boykin, is scored by a sole jazz drummer's symbol beat, tapped out in a vacuum of hushed, anticipatory silence. Ailey dancer and director Matthew Rushing stands alone on stage in a white shirt and black tie, a single spotlight hitting him from the side.

amNY - Dancing To Explore American Injustice

amNY - Dancing To Explore American Injustice

The world of dance has some iconic imagery. Sugarplum fairies, swans in lakes...detainees in American prisons. The third one might not sound so familiar now, but with the final installation of choreographer Kyle Abraham's "Untitled America" premiering in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's winter season, the three-part piece that looks at the far reaching impact on the nation's prison system could join the ranks of important dance works.

Playbill - Dancing For Change

Playbill - Dancing For Change

"Believing firmly that through dance one can change minds or uplift - not just entertain, but also educate - seems to me to be the backbone of the company," says Robert Battle, the Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In the wake of a traumatizing year in American life, Battle feels that the time is right for the Company to once again step into the fray of current events.

Ebony - Alvin Ailey’s Hope Boykin On How MLK Inspired Her New Work

Ebony - Alvin Ailey’s Hope Boykin On How MLK Inspired Her New Work

Two years ago, Hope Boykin, the powerhouse dancer and choreographer who has been a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for the past 17 years, was in Atlanta for a performance. The Company, along with the rest of the country, was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, so it was only natural that Boykin pay a visit to the Civil and Human Rights Museum.

Dance Spirit Magazine - Vernard J. Gilmore

Dance Spirit Magazine - Vernard J. Gilmore

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Bernard J. Gilmore is proof that it's never too late to follow your passion. Gilmore didn't start dancing until the age of 17-and now he's one of Ailey's best-known company members.

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