Springtime in Boston means magnolias in bloom, the Sox at bat, and the ballooning of the small but fervent local dance audience. About 12, 000 people flock to see Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater during its annual visit, which this year begins Thursday and continues through May 19 at the Citi Wang Theatre.
For more than three decades, taking in a performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater meant not only experienceing some of the best of the art form, but also seeing the work of one dancer: Renee Robinson. Now, she is taking her final bows.
The Washington Post - Renee Robinson, of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Begins Farewell Performances
As a girl, Washington native Renee Robinson, one of the most storied members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for over three decades, remembers traveling all over the city.
Arts ATL - News: Alvin Ailey Brings The 'Retired' Renee Robinson Back To Atlanta For Fox Performances
With great fanfare, Renee Robinson, a radiant dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, celebrated her final season with the company in December. It seemed that she was the toast of New York - there were farewell concerts, tributes and a prestigious Dance Magazine award.
Renee Robinson gave the farewell performance every dancer would love to give at City Center Theater on Sunday evening. After more than 30 years of professional dancing, she was still a compelling image of style, moving with verve and elan at the heart of two of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's classic works.
A program entitled :Celebrating Renee Robinson" at New York City Center Theater on Sunday evening feted the dancer, who is retiring from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
I always have the best seat in the house at the Dance Magazine Awards because I get to watch from backstage. On Monday night I got to see Hee Seo's extra swooning surrender when she fell back into Cory Stearns arms in Tudor's 'The Leaves Are Fading'.
This month Renee Robinson will make her last signature entrance as the "woman with the umbrella" in Alvin Ailey's Revelations.
Tradition continues when the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns for the 41st consecutive year to the New York City Center, Nov. 28 to Dec. 30. For artistic director Robert Battle's second year, he again brings a diverse program of premieres, classics and audience favorites.
If the dance world had a Triple Crown, Renee Robinson would be winning it. This year, the lithe performer with the high forehead earned an MFA from the Hollins University/ADF program, will receive the prestigious Dance Magazine Award on Dec. 3, and celebrates her final performance with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on Dec. 9.