Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Launches 2012 North American Tour Led By Robert Battle in His Inaugural Season as Artistic Director

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    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Launches 2012 North American Tour Led By Robert Battle in His Inaugural Season as Artistic Director

    PR Newswire

    Performances from February 2 to May 27 in 27 Cities Reach Back into Ailey Tradition and Stretch Out in New Directions featuring Ailey's Extraordinary Dancers in a Diverse Array of Acclaimed Premieres, New Productions and Repertory Favorites

    NEW YORK, Feb.?2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congress as a vital American "Cultural Ambassador to the World," will visit 27 cities in the United States and Canada from February 2nd to May 27th for performances that launch the next era in Ailey history led by dynamic Artistic Director Robert Battle. The tour kicks off on February 2nd in Toronto, ON, followed by a week-long engagement at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center.? In addition to Miami, FL, the hometown of Robert Battle, the tour will visit Atlanta, GA; Houston, TX; Berkeley, CA; Costa Mesa, CA; Chicago, IL; Montreal, QC; Boston, MA; Newark, NJ; and other cities throughout the country.? Following critically-acclaimed sold out performances in New York City, Ailey's extraordinary dancers will move audiences in a series of premieres, new productions and repertory favorites including:

    • Home, the world premiere of a bold new dance by hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris, inspired by stories of people living with or affected by HIV;
    • the company premiere of Paul Taylor's romantic masterpiece Arden Court (1981), set on the company under the supervision of Mr. Taylor, marking the first time a work by this American master has been in the Ailey repertory;
    • the company premiere of Minus 16 (1999), by the renowned American-Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin;
    • the company premiere of a pivotal work in the career of Robert BattleTakademe (1999), which mixes humor and high-flying movement in a savvy deconstruction of Indian Kathak dance rhythms;
    • a new production of the solo Journey (1958) by Joyce Trisler (1934-1979), an early member of the Ailey company;
    • and a new production of a landmark dance by Alvin Ailey, Streams (1970).

    Repertory favorites include Robert Battle's explosive The Hunt and Mr. Ailey's beloved masterpiece Revelations, an American classic acclaimed as a must-see and recognized by a U.S. Senate resolution, will provide the inspiring finale for all performances.

    "This is the beginning of a new adventure?for the company, for me and for our audiences," stated Robert Battle, who became Artistic Director on July 1, 2011.? "It gives me great pride to build upon the inspiring legacy of Alvin Ailey and Judith Jamison.? I'm excited for people across the country to witness the world's most amazing dancers as we take the next step in Ailey's inspiring journey."

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater inspires all in a universal celebration of the human spirit, using the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition.? Join Ailey's unparalleled dancers for an electrifying performance that will reveal once again why Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has brought audiences around the globe to their feet night after night with an incomparable sense of freedom, spirit and joy.?

    Detailed 2012 US Tour schedule is below (subject to change) and online at http://www.alvinailey.org/2012tour.

    American Express is the official card of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
    Toyota is the Official Vehicle Partner of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

    Bristol-Myers Squibb is the proud supporter of Home which was inspired by the Fight HIV Your Way Initiative.

    For additional photos, videos and materials, visit pressroom.alvinailey.org

    2012 North American Tour Schedule

    Toronto, Canada

    Sony Centre for Performing Arts

    http://www.sonycentre.ca/

    (855) 872-7669

    February 2-4

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    Washington, D.C.?

    Kennedy Center Opera House

    http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/

    (800) 444-1324

    February 7-12

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    Chapel Hill, NC

    Memorial Hall UNC

    http://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/

    (919) 843-3333

    February 13-14

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    Atlanta, GA

    The Fox Theatre

    http://www.foxtheatre.org/showschedules.aspx/

    (404) 881-2100

    February 16-19?

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    Sarasota, FL

    Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

    http://www.vanwezel.org/boxOffice/eventCalendar.cfm

    (800) 826-9303

    February 21-22

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    Miami, FL

    Adrienne Arsht Center

    http://www.arshtcenter.org/

    (305) 949-6722

    February 23-26

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    Jacksonville, FL

    Times Union Moran

    http://www.jaxevents.com/events-calendar/

    (904) 633-6110

    February 28

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    Houston, TX

    Jones Hall for the Performing Arts

    http://houstonfirsttheaters.com/JonesHall.aspx/

    (713) 224-7575

    March 2-4

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    Costa Mesa, CA

    Segerstrom Center for the Arts

    http://www.scfta.org/home/default.aspx

    (714) 556-2787

    March 6-11

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    Berkeley, CA

    Zellerbach Hall

    http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/

    (510) 642-9988

    March 13-18

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    Las Vegas, NV

    Smith Centre for Performing Arts ? Reynolds Hall

    http://www.thesmithcenter.com/shows-tickets/

    (702) 982-7805

    March 20-21?

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    Tucson, AZ

    Centennial Hall

    http://www.uapresents.org/?

    (520) 621-3341

    March 23

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    Mesa, AZ

    Mesa Arts Center?

    http://www.mesaartscenter.com/

    (480) 644-6500

    March 24-25

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    Madison, WI

    Overture Center

    http://www.overturecenter.com/

    (608) 258-4141

    March 27-28

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    Detroit, MI

    Detroit Opera House

    http://www.motopera.org/

    (313) 237-7464

    March 29- April 1

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    Chicago, IL

    Auditorium Theatre?

    http://auditoriumtheatre.org/wb/?

    (800) 982-2787

    April 11-15

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    Ottawa, Ontario,?Canada?

    National Arts Centre

    http://www2.nac-cna.ca/en/

    (866) 850-2787

    April 17

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    Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

    http://pda.qc.ca/index.en.html

    (866) 842-2112

    April 19-21

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    Burlington, VT

    Flynn Center

    http://www.flynncenter.org/

    (802) 863-5966

    April 22

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    Portland, ME

    Merrill Auditorium?

    https://tickets.porttix.com/public/

    (207) 842-0800

    April 24

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    Boston, MA

    Citi Wang Theatre

    http://www.citicenter.org/home/

    (866) 348-9738

    April 26-29?

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    Minneapolis, MN

    State Theatre ? Orpheum Theatre

    http://www.hennepintheatretrust.org/

    (612) 339-7007

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    Cleveland, OH

    Playhouse Square State Theater

    http://www.playhousesquare.org/

    (216) 771-4444

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    Newark, NJ

    NJPAC

    http://www.njpac.org/

    (888) 466-5722

    May 11-13

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    Charlotte, NC

    Blumenthal PAC

    http://www.blumenthalarts.org/

    (704) 372-1000

    May 15-20

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    Baltimore, MD

    Lyric Opera House

    http://www.lyricoperahouse.com/

    (410) 685-5086

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    Charleston, SC

    Spoleto Festival USA – Gaillard Auditorium

    http://spoletousa.org/home/

    (843) 579-3100

    May 25-27

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    SOURCE Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation