Ailey II Review: A Light in the Dark

As dance troupes everywhere struggle to stay afloat during the pandemic, Ailey II, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s second company, has survived other types of upheaval. In July 2020, artistic director Troy Powell, from work Among the allegations of “inappropriate communication” with adult students in the company’s education program. Choreographer in September 2021 Francesca HarperStarting …

Robert Battle Running Ailey: ‘This Is My Choreography Now’

Robert Battle, artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater recently sitting in his office at the corporate headquarters, pointed to a photograph on the wall. It was a composite view of three faces, made 10 years ago. On the left was Alvin Ailey, who founded his namesake group in 1958, making it an institution …

Alvin Ailey Announces American Dance Theater Personal Season

The company announced Wednesday that the next season of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at New York City Center will celebrate 10 years of Robert Battle’s artistic direction. After the challenges of the past 17 months, Battle is more open than usual to embrace opportunity. “Being part of and going through the problem-solving process that …

‘Ailey’ Review: A Poetic Look at the Man Behind the Dances

The idea of ​​Alvin Ailey is often reduced to one dance: “Descriptions.” His exploration of the Black experience in 1960 remains a masterpiece, but it also overshadows the person who made it. How can an artist grow after such an early success? Who was Adam Alvin Ailey? In “Ailey,” director Jamila Wignot brings together footage, …