Robert Battle, artistic director
Masazumi Chaya, associate artistic director
Under the direction of Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to make work that "feeds the soul," mining the artistic legacy of its founder, and nurturing a new generation of choreographers steeped in the African-American experience. With repertoire that looks back to seminal works like Ailey's own Revelations, and new material that engages with vital social movements, the company creates dances with the power to transform.
"The current Ailey dancers inhabit Revelations as if it were freshly made, and perform it with irresistible élan" (The Guardian, London).
"Restraint and release, spirituality and energy: they are all there in Ailey's masterpiece, Revelations" (Financial Times).
The great American choreographer Alvin Ailey famously said, "I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people." And his glorious company of dancers has done just that, over more than 50 years of memorable performances. The company returns for its first appearances under the artistic direction of choreographer Robert Battle, the hand-picked successor to Judith Jamison, who has said, "choosing Robert Battle is the giant leap I want to take to ensure that this company stays vibrant in the future." Audiences can confidently expect a continuation of the great Ailey legacy, with programs of company classics and thrilling work new to the Bay Area.