“Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Center’s Principal Dance Company, returns to the theater’s stage from December 4, 2019 – January 5, 2020. Artistic Director Robert Battle leads Ailey’s 32 extraordinary dancers during this annual five-week engagement, which has become a joyous holiday tradition. The repertory features more than two dozen diverse works by some of the world’s preeminent choreographers, including world premieres by Donald Byrd and Ailey dancer and newly announced Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts, company premieres by Aszure Barton and Camille A. Brown, and new productions by Judith Jamison and Lar Lubovitch.” — Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
“I’m not only excited about this season’s topical works and the range of choreographers, but also that Jamar Roberts is now Ailey’s first-ever Resident Choreographer” stated Artistic Director Robert Battle. “Continuing the Company’s legacy of excellence, works will be staged by three dance masters while we also showcase the artistry of some of today’s most sought-after choreographers following in their footsteps. We will also celebrate Masazumi Chaya, the untiring and unmatched keeper of the flame whose dedication to Alvin Ailey’s vision spans nearly five decades, as well as The Ailey School for fifty years of world-class training that has developed countless performing artists. And we’re happy to kick off the season honoring Elaine Wynn at the Opening Night Gala, as her support led to our building’s expansion, allowing the organization – especially The Ailey School – to grow and thrive.”
Title image: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Solomon Dumas. Photo by Andrew Eccles.