Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Philadelphia

Posted: January 25, 2013

THE ALVIN AILEY American Dance Theater returns Wednesday under the direction of choreographer Robert Battle, whom Philly-born Judith Jamison selected as her replacement in 2011. Jamison had directed the troupe since Ailey's death in 1989.

Battle has been a frequent choreographer and artist-in-residence at Ailey since 1999.

The acclaimed company developed out of a 1958 performance by Ailey and a group of African-American dancers in New York City. Performances here will include Battle's percussive "Takademe," inspired by the vibrant Indian Kathak dance; "Home," a hip-hop piece choreographed by Philadelphia native Rennie Harris; and Alvin Ailey's revered classic "Revelations."

- Kailey Kluge

Kimmel Center, 1500 Walnut St., 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Feb. 1, $39-$75, 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org.


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