Alvin Ailey's groundbreaking dance company is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a season at New York City Center. Take a step back through their sensational past productions.
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.
Ronald K. Brown blends modern and African dance so smoothly that it's sometimes hard to pick out each from within his movement. The Brooklyn native has been leading his troupe Evidence for 28 years and creating new works for companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Thirteen years ago when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has its last Lincoln Center season, the David H. Koch Theater was called the New York State Theater. Judith Jamison was the company's artistic director. And "Revelations," Ailey's 1960 masterpiece, was in full force. (Some things never change.)
For its high-profile summer season at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has commissioned a new work from Ronald K. Brown.
When Robert Battle first arrived at New York's Lincoln Center years ago, he was a dance student with a scholarship to Juilliard. On his first day, he walked up to the building he thought was the school. It turned out to be the Metropolitan Opera House.
Some people just can't get enough of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. A month at New York City Center doesn't satisfy their craving, and neither does the company's annual weekend at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
Huffington Post - The Inspiration And Process Behind Four Corners, My New Work For Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Last year, I received a call from Robert Battle, Artistic Director for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. He shared with me that the company would be performing at Lincoln Center for the first time in over a decade and asked if I would be willing to create something new for the engagement.
High above the hectic (and sweltering hot) streets of New York City is a crop of the area's most talented dancers living out the incredible legacy of Alvin Ailey. They're closed off from the world with the exception of a production team and a few RSVP'd reporters - for a poweful afternnon practive of Four Corners.