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The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater goes on the road

Photo by Andrew Eccles

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by Congress as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” will be in Atlanta from Feb. 16 through 19 at the legendary Fox Theatre. This year marks an exciting and historical year, as the company returns to Atlanta for the first time under new direction from artistic director Robert Battle. Atlanta audiences will enjoy an inspiring collection of innovative premieres, repertory favorites and Ailey classics that extend the vital legacy of Alvin Ailey, including Home, a bold new work by hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris set to a soul-lifting score of house gospel music and inspired by the stories of people living with or affected by HIV; Arden Court, the romantic masterpiece by modern dance legend Paul Taylor; and Takademe, a high-flying and humorous solo by Robert Battle. Next, the company continues its North American tour in Sarasota, Fla.

(Tickets start around $25; for more information, visit www.alvinailey.org).


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