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The Alvin Ailey Dance Company performed last night at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, the second stop on their 2016 North American Tour. The dancers put on an extravagant show and received a standing ovation during, between, and after each act. It was the perfect event for a Valentine’s Day date night. Each dancer gave you a unique, yet conclusive sense of passion and enthusiasm. “There’s a call-and-response from Atlanta, letting us know they are out there in the house and that they appreciate us. The passion we get is quite different from other cities,” said Robert Battle, artistic director of the company.
Performing the classic “Revelations,” the dancers took the audience on a journey touching the social injustices of the world, like the police shootings and killings in the news, including new pieces “No Longer Silent,” “Awakenings,” and “Silent.”
Robert Battle, the company’s newest and third artistic director in its 58-year history, created an ensemble featuring 18 dancers, arousing a complex ritual. “No Longer Silent” showcased images of fatigue, chaos, collectivity, and unity. In an interview with the Atlanta- Journal Constitution, Battle said the composition “looks at the universal notion of bringing those stories to life so others can see it and know it, so we don’t repeat history. It’s really quite a powerful work.”
“Awakenings” is the first piece choreographed by Battle since succeeding Judith Jamison in 2011. Battle said he hopes that his performance will awaken something in all of us. The entire performance awoke the dancer within me.
As the nation’s first and most prestigious dance company in African American dance, it was no surprise that these illustrious dancers put on a grand show. The Alvin Ailey Dance Company plays a major role in uniting people of all races, ages, and backgrounds through the beauty and dance of African American Heritage.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be performing until Sunday at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. Times may vary; tickets can be purchased at the box office or foxtheatre.org.