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Alvin Ailey and the Enduring Power of Dance

In tumultuous times like these, dance is a powerful antidote.
After a year of touring and other celebratory initiatives, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is closing out its 60th anniversary season at home in New York with a slate of programming that celebrates its past, present and future. For the first time ever, the company is also running an “All Battle” program, which features work choreographed by Robert Battle, its current artistic director and the third in its history.
“Dance is for everybody — Alvin Ailey believed that firmly,” Battle says. “The wonderful thing about dance is that we have the luxury of ambiguity. Where words falter, dance sort of excels because it’s able to get a message to you in a way that doesn’t hit you over the head or ask that you choose sides.”
On a recent November afternoon, the upbeat Battle was running rehearsal of his first piece for the company, “Juba,” which he choreographed in 2003, before then-artistic director — and former Ailey dancer — Judith Jamison had asked him take charge of the company.
“It was my first piece for this company, so it was a big deal,” Battle recalls after the rehearsal, sitting in his office at

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