Tales from the Alvin Ailey flash mob

“Are you here for Alvin Ailey’s dance class? Oh, my God, they are breathtaking!” As I approached Hearst Gym, panting from the long hike up the Berkeley hills, a man in his late 40s caught up with me on the stairs. His dark eyes, framed by mild wrinkles and snow
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Alvin Ailey company astounds in Cal Performances residency

While one may wait for the 11th-hour number during a stage musical or a band’s biggest hit during encore, audience members at an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performance await the finale: “Revelations,” the company’s soulful masterpiece that has been gracing stages and changing lives since 1960. Though overshadowed by
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Alvin Ailey reinvigorates modern dance

Dance company performs at Zellerbach

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is quintessential American dance, balancing new and traditional, embracing color, new movement, props and humor. Under new artistic director Robert Battle, the company has become particularly more contemporary, concentrating less on the Negro spirituals that defined its repertoire before him. However, this more contemporary
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