Dance Magazine: Robert Battle At Full Throttle

Dance Magazine: Robert Battle At Full Throttle

When you’re enjoying the easygoing, joke-telling manner of Robert Battle as the welcoming emcee of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, you might not realize there is a ferocious choreographer underneath all that charm. To celebrate his 10 years as artistic director, at New York City Center on Tuesday night the company presented seven works Battle’s created over the last 22 years. Each one held bold surprises—even for those of us familiar with his work.

Miami Herald - Passion And Power Mark Ailey Troupe's Annual Miami Run

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is based in New York, but in Miami it's had a hometown aura since Liberty City-raised artistic director Robert Battle took the helm in 2011. The company just finished its annual visit to the Adrienne Arsht Center on Sunday, and - with a spotlight on "Moonlight" and its Liberty City creators - this seems like a good time to look at what the troupe's performances say about Battle's leadership.

The New York Times - Show the Pain of Love and Life That Goes Way Beyond Words

A fair number of people leaped to their feet on Wednesday night at City Center, as Samuel Lee Roberts turned his back on the audience and walked into the darkness that heralded the end of Robert Battle’s “In/Side.” The solo had just officially entered the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater repertory, but it was created for Mr. Roberts last year for a program at Dance New Amsterdam, and he has danced it subsequently with Mr. Battle’s company.