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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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

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2012 North American Tour Schedule

Toronto, Canada

Sony Centre for Performing Arts

(855) 872-7669

February 2-4




Washington, D.C. 

Kennedy Center Opera House

(800) 444-1324

February 7-12




Chapel Hill, NC

Memorial Hall UNC

(919) 843-3333

February 13-14




Atlanta, GA

The Fox Theatre

(404) 881-2100

February 16-19 




Sarasota, FL

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

(800) 826-9303

February 21-22




Miami, FL

Adrienne Arsht Center

(305) 949-6722

February 23-26




Jacksonville, FL

Times Union Moran

(904) 633-6110

February 28




Houston, TX

Jones Hall for the Performing Arts

(713) 224-7575

March 2-4




Costa Mesa, CA

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

(714) 556-2787

March 6-11




Berkeley, CA

Zellerbach Hall

(510) 642-9988

March 13-18




Las Vegas, NV

Smith Centre for Performing Arts – Reynolds Hall

(702) 982-7805

March 20-21 




Tucson, AZ

Centennial Hall 

(520) 621-3341

March 23




Mesa, AZ

Mesa Arts Center

(480) 644-6500

March 24-25




Madison, WI

Overture Center

(608) 258-4141

March 27-28




Detroit, MI

Detroit Opera House

(313) 237-7464

March 29- April 1




Chicago, IL

Auditorium Theatre 

(800) 982-2787

April 11-15




Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 

National Arts Centre

(866) 850-2787

April 17




Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

(866) 842-2112

April 19-21




Burlington, VT

Flynn Center

(802) 863-5966

April 22




Portland, ME

Merrill Auditorium

(207) 842-0800

April 24




Boston, MA

Citi Wang Theatre

(866) 348-9738

April 26-29 




Minneapolis, MN

State Theatre – Orpheum Theatre

(612) 339-7007

May 1-2




Cleveland, OH

Playhouse Square State Theater

(216) 771-4444

May 4-6




Newark, NJ


(888) 466-5722

May 11-13




Charlotte, NC

Blumenthal PAC

(704) 372-1000

May 15-20




Baltimore, MD

Lyric Opera House

(410) 685-5086

May 22-23           




Charleston, SC

Spoleto Festival USA – Gaillard Auditorium

(843) 579-3100

May 25-27





SOURCE Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation