Alvin Ailey troupe revives classic work during run at the Fox. The sidewalks around the former Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter are now empty, but a few blocks up Peachtree Street, near the Fox Theatre, a woman is sometimes seen hundred in dirty blankets, sleeping on the sidewalk or staring into space. She's a reminder that "Shelter," choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar's 1988 work on homelessness, remains relevant. The sign of people living on the streets troubled Zollar 38 years ago, when she first moved to New York City.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre is reviving its production of Shelter to highlight homelessness in New York City.
Two productions from the 1980s returned to the repertory of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater last week, in refurbished form. The new iterations of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar's "Shelter" (1988) and Talley Beatty's "Stack-Up" (1982), par of the company's five-week City Center season, proved a study in contrasts of how dances can weather the passage of time.
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar's 'Shelter,' a work about homelessness, speaks strongly to the anxieties of the moment.