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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Historic Lincoln Center Engagement
Opening Night Performance & Party
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER OPENS HISTORIC LINCOLN CENTER ENGAGEMENT LED BY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ROBERT BATTLE
INSPIRING PERFORMANCES BY AILEY’S ACCLAIMED DANCERS CONTINUE THROUGH JUNE 16th, INCLUDING SATURDAY FAMILY MATINEE AND TWO PERFORMANCES ON FATHER’S DAY
On June 12, 2013, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s most popular dance companies, kicked off its seven performance engagement at the David H. Koch Theater. The performance marked the Company’s historic return to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for the first time in over a decade and its first engagement there led by Artistic Director Robert Battle.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Ronald K. Brown's Four Corners. Photo Paul Kolnik
The evening began with the world premiere of Four Corners by celebrated choreographer Ronald K. Brown and also included performances of Jií Kylián’s Petite Mort and Alvin Ailey’s acclaimed American masterpiece Revelations. Artistic Director Robert Battle beamed with pride as he took the stage to welcome the audience of over 2,000.
Following the performance, 350 guests joined Artistic Director Robert Battle and the stars of Ailey for a festive reception on the theater’s promenade, with a menu inspired by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson and exquisite event décor by David E. Monn. The party was attended by prominent figures in the worlds of entertainment, business, philanthropy, and politics, including Tika Sumpter, Debra Lee, Nelson George, Amsale Aberra, Gary Parr, Representative Theodore Deutch, New York City Councilmember Gale Brewer, Thelma Golden, Susan Fales Hill, Judith Byrd, and Ronald K. Brown.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Yannick Lebrun and Jacqueline Green in Jirí Kylián's Petite Mort. Photo by Paul Kolnik