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Chalvar Monteiro in Jamar Roberts' Members Don't Get Weary.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – 2 premieres: Victoria & Members Don’t Get Weary + many more – New York

★★★★✰   Roberts’ “Members Don’t Get Weary” is very much a mature work with a strong emotional charge and esthetic signature.

AAADT in Billy Wilson's The Winter in Lisbon.© Christopher Duggan. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – The Winter in Lisbon, Mass, Ella, Revelations – New York

★★★✰✰   I often get the feeling that the Ailey dancers transcend the choreography they’re asked to dance. With the exception of the inescapable Revelations, the company’s repertory can be hit or miss.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Hope Boykin's r-Evolution, Dream.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Four Corners, Untitled America, r-Evolution, Dream, Revelations – New York

★★★★✰   There is no limit to how often one can see Ailey’s 1960 masterpiece Revelations. The elation is always the same.

Linda Celeste Sims in Alvin Ailey's Cry.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Programme C – London

★★★★✰   I saw Programme C at Sadler’s Wells and like practically everybody else, have to rave about the dancers.

Jamar Roberts in Robert Battle's Awakening.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Exodus & Awakening

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Abraham's Untitled America: Second Movement.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Open Door, Untitled America: Second Movement, No Longer Silent, Exodus, Deep, Vespers, The Hunt, Revelations – New York

★★★✰✰   It’s a truism that any afternoon that includes Alvin Ailey’s Revelations is apt to leave you happy.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs Robert Battle's Awakening.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Open Door, Awakening, A Case of You, Revelations – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gave two new works their West Coast premieres on Tuesday at Zellerbach Hall, the opening night of its annual residency at Cal Performances in Berkeley.

Jacqueline Green in Kyle Abraham's Untitled America: First Movement.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Memoria, Piazzolla Caldera, Grace, Polish Pieces, Untitled America: First Movement, Awakening, Revelations – New York

Warmth, exuberance, power, finesse – all these qualities infuse everything they do.

Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims in Alvin Ailey's Revelations.© Andrew Eccles. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Toccata, After the Rain pdd, Awakening, Revelations – New York

Every fall, just after Thanksgiving, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater sets up shop at City Center, as sure a sign of the season as Christmas carols at the grocery store.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Robert Battle's No Longer Silent.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Exodus, Strange Humors, No Longer Silent, Revelations – New York

Battle (in No Longer Silent) responds with a brilliant visualization of the music’s intricate parts, a kind of neo-Rite of Spring for our time.

Rachael McLaren and Yannick Lebrun in Bad Blood.© Steve Wilson. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey – Odetta, Uprising, Night Creature, Awassa Astrige/Ostrich, Bad Blood, After the Rain pas de deux, Revelations – Boston

The second night… this was by far the best program I’ve ever seen Ailey offer: five pieces, each as good as the others in its different way…

Jermaine Terry and Alicia Graf Mack in Revelations.© Gert Krautbauer. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey – Polish Pieces, Awassa Astrige/Ostrich, The Pleasure of the Lesson, Revelations – New York

Although juxtaposed with several new and recently revived productions, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations looks just as good now as it did 10, 15, or even 20 years ago, and probably looks just as good as it did at its premiere, way back in 1960.

Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang in AP15.© Nika Kramer. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 2: Lucinda Childs, Semperoper Ballett, Wang Ramirez, Alvin Ailey – New York

“AP15, an award-winning work choreographed and danced by urban dance collaborators Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang, brought the other “wow” factor to Program 2.”

Rachael McLaren and Kirven Douthit-Boyd in Wayne McGregor's Chroma.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Lincoln Center Programs A & B – New York

Since becoming artistic director at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2011, Robert Battle has been steadily mixing up the company’s repertory, adding works by choreographers beyond its usual range: Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, and Wayne McGregor, to name just three.

Linda Celeste Sims and Jamar Roberts in Aszure Barton's LIFT.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre – Chroma, D-Man in the Waters (Part I), LIFT – New York

I have yet to see a less than full-throttle performance, even when a choreographer’s style does not quite fit the company’s technique…

Studio picture of Kirven James Boyd and Rachael McLaren.© Andrew Eccles. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Minus 16 quad bill – Boston

The whole thing (Minus 16) wasn’t a piece of choreography so much as a choreographed event, and hands down one of the most delightful things I’ve ever seen.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Renee Robinson Farewell and Ailey Classics bill – Washington

The evening felt like a big party, with the Opera House filled to the brim by a cheering, adoring audience. …”Renee Robinson, We celebrate her tonight!” said Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Programs A, B & C – Berkeley, CA

Another surprising choice was Taylor’s Arden Court (1981), which opened Wednesday evening’s program. The dancers were simply stunning. I hate to say, but the parallel is that Miami City Ballet does Balanchine better than New York City Ballet. Not to denigrate Taylor’s dancers at all…

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