New Ailey dance pays tribute to civil rights icon

December 12, 2014 7:24 PM

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It would seem the timing could hardly be more apt for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's new civil rights-themed piece, "Odetta," a tribute to the late folk singer often referred to as the voice of the civil rights movement.

"I'd like to take credit," quips Robert Battle, artistic director at Ailey, of the timing, noting that the ballet arrives — and soon tours the country — just as a national conversation percolates over the state of civil rights in America, sparked by the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. "Th...

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