When the famed Alvin Ailey dance troupe tours, they do community outreach. This summer they're in Paris, holding classes for disadvantaged, young dancers.
Endurance, survival, getting through troubled times: the program that the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Wednesday focused on crucial life lessons - some of them grim.
Ailey dancer and choreographer Hope Boykin talks about Ailey’s upcoming performances at the Los Angeles Music Center, and shares a segment from her world premiere r-Evolution, Dream.
Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, was prepping for an interview a few years ago and figured that, as head of a storied African-American troupe, he'd be asked yet again about black dance. So he called longtime mentor Carolyn Adams, one of modern dance's few black performers during her time with the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Chicago as part of an 18-city tour.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 'Odetta' was inspired by 2009 memorial service for the singer Hope Boykin on Odetta Holmes: 'Odetta gave a song to you exactly how she knew you needed to hear it' The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. anointed Odetta Holmes 'the queen of American folk music'
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's new season with Artistic Director Robert Battle and choreographer Matthew Rushing.
The Ailey company's senior dancer, Matthew Rushing, is, to me, the very epitome of forcefulness without pushing - indeed, because of not pushing. Rushing has spent twenty years with the troupe.
The most daring artistic director: Robert Battle, in his third year at the helm of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, took on Wayne McGregor's wildly articulate contemporary classic, Chroma (made for The Royal Ballet in 2006) - the first NYC company to do so.
"Sometimes we like to celebrate people while they are still agile," said Robert Battle, the artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, at City Center on Tuesday. He was explaining that although the evening's program celebrating the dancer Matthew Rushing was the kind of event usually given to a retiring artist, Mr. Rushing is not retiring yet.