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Robert Battle at Full Throttle

Kanji Segawa in Robert Battle’s Takademe James R. Brantley, Courtesy AAADT Well, the program at City Center reminded us in a big way. Robert Battle is a choreographer of masterful restraint and sudden explosiveness. He is a choreographer who has definite musical tastes and finds a different, original movement vocabulary for each of those music […]

Celebrating Dance Magazine Award Honoree Robert Battle

This week we’re sharing tributes to all of the 2021 Dance Magazine Award honorees. For tickets to our hybrid ceremony taking place December 6, visit Robert Battle once told an interviewer on PBS, “Something about movement, very early on for me, signified life.” As a youngster, it wasn’t likely that he would become a […]

The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Robert Battle

Judith Jamison was always going to be a tough act to follow. But in the six years since Robert Battle took the helm of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, he’s launched a new era for the iconic troupe. Take last season: Battle revived Ailey’s Masekela Langage, pushed the envelope with Kyle Abraham’s new Untitled America […]

Robert Battle's Advice for New Pros

Your first dance job can be exhilarating. And terrifying. Those initial few weeks especially can feel like an obstacle course of incredible opportunities and narrowly-avoided mistakes as you navigate the nuances of a company life. It’s a process that many recent grads are just getting to know as companies rev up for their fall seasons. A few months ago, I spoke to Alvin […]

Robert Battle: The First Season (expanded version)

Robert Battle rehearsing Takademe in the Ailey studios. Photo by Paul Kolnik, Courtesy AAADT.     This month at City Center is the first Ailey season with Robert Battle at the helm. He wasted no time in expanding the rep, reaching into the company’s past riches as well as taking on other modern dance giants. […]

African-Arts Scholar Robert Farris Thompson Dies at 88

Robert Farris Thompson, who was given the Outstanding Contribution to Dance Research award by the Congress on Research in Dance in 2007, died on November 29, 2021, at 88 years of age. Thompson was the Colonel John Trumbull Professor of the History of Art and, from 1978 until 2010, Master of Timothy Dwight College at […]

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