Unforgiving Yet Intriguing: A Review of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

April 21, 2015 10:25 PM

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The internationally-known modern dance company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater premiered original choreography by Matthew Rushing, Hofesh Shechter and Alvin Ailey at Revelations last month at Boston's Citi Wang Theater. The three contrasting pieces played on opening night to a diverse audience of all ages and races. Although AAADT showcases Ailey's original choreography in multiple pieces, current artistic director Robert Battle premieres original works from various choreographers within the modern dance world.

Barely struck by the spotlight, Odetta Holmes' (an African-American singer) portrait hung peacefully over a dark, barren stage. Professional dancer Hope Boykin, dressed in orange, took the spotlight as she depicted the titular Odetta in Rushing's Odetta. This piece demonstrated the complexity of hum...

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