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contents February 2011

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Features

The Performance

8 In celebration of Revelations

15 Program and notes

10 Tango Buenos Aires

Departments

An American dance classic turns 50.

The real deal, not reality TV.

46 Fox Fun Facts

How much do you know about the Fox Theatre carpets?

48 The Heart of the Matter

When it comes to heart attacks, time is muscle.

52 Celebrate Black History

Month in Atlanta Check out these things to see and do.

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36 Information 37 Staff/Golden Rules 38 Dining Guide 60 The Buzz Cover Photo: @ fox theatre archives, photo by yukari umekawa

Andrew Eccles; courtesy of the fox theatre; Courtesy of the NPS

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company member Linda Celeste Sims.

In celebration of

Revelations An American dance classic turns 50 By Bret Love

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ew dance companies carry the worldwide name recognition of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. And even fewer dance works boast the influential artistic legacy of Ailey’s Revelations, which the New York Times hailed as “modern dance’s unquestionable greatest hit.”

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2011 brings two significant milestones in the Ailey company’s history, marking both the 50th anniversary of Revelations and the end of legendary choreographer Judith Jamison’s tenure as artistic director. We recently spoke with Nasha Thomas-Schmitt, a former lead dancer who now serves as director of Ailey Arts In Education and national director of Ailey Camp (which opens its fifth year in Atlanta this summer), to get some perspective on the company’s past, present and future. How did you first get involved with the company? I studied at the Ailey School when I was in the performing arts school here in New York City (a.k.a. the Fame School), and I was on scholarship for a couple of years. I came back and auditioned for the company in January of 1986 and was taken in by Mr. Ailey. The rest is history!

What do you think sets Ailey apart from other dance companies? I think the most important thing is that we make a connection – through our performances, our teaching and our accessibility. Alvin had a love for people, and I think people feel that warmth and openness. Our signature work, Revelations, is definitely something that everyone connects with. It’s a story of celebration, of overcoming hardships and triumphing, and feeling good through the music and the beautiful dancing and choreography. That show is something that we are fortunate to have, and it has been special for us. This is Judith Jamison’s last year as artistic director. What was she like for you to work with as a dancer? I’ve always found her to be very generous as an artist. As you can imagine, a lot of Continued on page 58 Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 9


tango buenos aires: The real deal, not reality TV

rgentina is a modern South American country of 40 million people, known for its gauchos, its heat and, in many American minds, its political heroine Eva Peron. And then you have the tango — a glorious marriage of music and movement, born in the early 1900s and long a symbol of Argentine heat (the other kind), temperament and panache. The company Tango Buenos Aires, on at least its fourth North American tour, has in fact become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports. It’s known throughout the Americas, Europe and the Far East as the most uncompromising representative of the dance form. The 23-year-old company of 25 dancers and musicians has been touring the world extensively since 1989. 10 EncoreAtlantA.com

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Theirs is not the “Dancing With the Stars” stuff you’ve seen on

television, no mash-up of would-be fancy footwork and ill-conceived pop music adjudicated by overwrought characters with numbered paddles. This is serious, organic dance rooted in a nation’s history. Sometimes playful. Sometimes dramatic. Always seductive. The Argentine tango is all about fire and passion, not incidentally the name of this Tango Buenos Aires show and tour. The term “tango” covers a variety of styles that developed in various regions and during various eras in Argentina and elsewhere around the world. The dance developed in response to many cultural elements — crowded cafés and fashion, among them. The styles are mostly danced in either “open embrace,” where the couple allows space between their bodies, or “close embrace,” where the man and woman connect either chest-to-chest (Argentine tango) or in the upper thigh and hip area (American and international tango). Tango Buenos Aires, born in an Argentine cabaret in the late 1970s, stands out among the world’s companies because of its dogged authenticity, and its gritty and sensual dancing. Its tango is romantic, passionate, dramatic and steamy. Bodies touch, feet move with exact and furious speed, legs flash and eyes lock. Two performers become one. Relationships are born. The dancers’ repertoire includes frequent dips, deep slides, foot stomps and balletic turns. All are performed 12 EncoreAtlantA.com

to genuine South American sounds played on piano, violin, accordion and stand-up bass. Costumes range from traditional formalwear to well, cheeky, and many are infused with vibrant color. Fire and Passion presents the modern history of the tango by demonstrating how the tango has evolved into modern times. This is storytelling through dance, a history lesson and a voyeuristic peek into raw, human, man-and-woman connections. It is art, not contest, meant to be absorbed and appreciated, not necessarily rated by the number. The Washington Post described the company’s dance “as fast-paced tapestries of movement, laced with proud postures and sensual couplings.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram essentially called it choreographic foreplay, saying, “How could anyone not be ‘in the mood’ after watching this practically flawless company fervently display the Argentine dance often associated with … let’s just say it — throwin’ down.” Take that Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman. Observe quietly, please, and put those blasted paddles down! Kathy Janich is an Atlanta theater artist and freelance writer. After years in daily newspapers, she’s found a joyous second career as an artistic associate at Atlanta’s Synchronicity Theatre. Visit synchrotheatre.com.


Alvin Ailey — ­­ Founder

Judith Jamison — Artistic Director Masazumi Chaya — Associate Artistic Director Company Members Guillermo Asca Kirven James Boyd Hope Boykin Clifton Brown Rosalyn Deshauteurs Ghrai DeVore Khilea Douglass Antonio Douthit Vernard J. Gilmore Daniel Harder

Demetia Hopkins Abdur-Rahim Jackson Olivia Bowman Jackson Megan Jakel Yannick Lebrun Amos J. Machanic, Jr. Michael Francis McBride Rachael McLaren Aisha Mitchell Akua Noni Parker

Briana Reed Jamar Roberts Samuel Lee Roberts Renee Robinson Glenn Allen Sims Linda Celeste Sims Constance Stamatiou Jermaine Terry Tina Monica Williams Marcus Jarrell Willis

Robert Battle – ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DESIGNATE Sharon Gersten Luckman — Executive Director Major funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, American Express, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Diageo, JPMorgan Chase, The Prudential Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Starr Foundation, Target, and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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the show Thursday, February 10, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. THREE BLACK KINGS (1976) Choreography by Alvin Ailey Music by Duke and Mercer Ellington Original costumes by Normand Maxon Costume redesign by Jon Taylor Lighting by Chenault Spence and William Burd Three Black Kings was the last major work written by Duke Ellington. As he lay dying in his hospital bed in 1974, he gave his son, Mercer, final instructions on how it was to be completed and orchestrated. The first movement with its African rhythmic motifs, depicts Balthazar, the black king of the Nativity; the second is concerned with King Solomon; and the third celebrates, with warm “down-home” feeling, the triumphs of Ellington’s good friend, Martin Luther King.

King Balthazar Jamar Roberts, Amos J. Machanic, Jr., Guillermo Asca, Vernard J. Gilmore, Antonio Douthit, Abdur-Rahim Jackson

King Solomon Clifton Brown, Linda Celeste Sims, Tina Monica Williams, Rosalyn Deshauteurs, Hope Boykin, Olivia Bowman Jackson Martin Luther King Glenn Allen Sims, Renee Robinson, Tina Monica Williams, Rosalyn Deshauteurs, Hope Boykin, Olivia Bowman Jackson, Briana Reed, Aisha Mitchell, Guillermo Asca, Amos J. Machanic, Jr., Vernard J. Gilmore, Abdur-Rahim Jackson, Antonio Douthit, Yannick Lebrun Leadership support for this production was provided by American Express. Generous support for this new production was also provided by The Ellen Jewett & Richard L. Kauffman New Works Endowment Fund. -INTERMISSIONCRY (1971) For all Black women everywhere ‑ especially our mothers. Choreography by Alvin Ailey Music by Alice Coltrane, Laura Nyro, Chuck Griffin Costume by A. Christina Giannini Lighting by Chenault Spence Linda Celeste Sims, Constance Stamatiou, Briana Reed This work was made possible, in part, by a grant from Ford Foundation. “Something About John Coltrane” written by Alice Coltrane. Published by Jowcol Music. “Been on a Train” by Laura Nyro. Used by permission of EMI Blackwood Music Inc. “Right On, Be Free” performed by The Voices of East Harlem. Used with permission of the publisher, Really Together Music.

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the show THE HUNT (2001) Choreography by Robert Battle Assistant to the choreographer: Erika Pujikic Music by Les Tambours du Bronx Costumes by Mia McSwain Lighting by Burke Wilmore Clifton Brown, Antonio Douthit, Kirven James Boyd, Yannick Lebrun, Glenn Allen Sims, Jamar Roberts Generous support for this Company premiere was provided by The Pamela D. Zilly & John H. Schaefer New Works Endowment Fund and Linda Stocknoff. “Jungle Jazz” by L. Blomme, performed by Les Tambours du Bronx. “Les Boulets Se Rebiffent” by A. Dipace, J.Y. Lefloch, Y. Nisgand, B. Pingon, and J.M. Tramoy, performed by Les Tambours du Bronx. “Black Bull” by L. Le Mapihan, performed by Les Tambours du Bronx. Music from the recording Silence (1999). Used with permission by Right Bank Music, Inc.

-INTERMISSIONCELEBRATING REVELATIONS AT 50 FILM Produced and Directed by Judy Kinberg Director of Photography: Tom Hurwitz Animation Designer: Todd Ruff Edited by Andrew Morreale Generous support was provided by the Jean L. & Robert A. Stern Foundation.

REVELATIONS (1960) Choreography by Alvin Ailey Music: Traditional Décor and costumes by Ves Harper Costumes for “Rocka My Soul” redesigned by Barbara Forbes Lighting by Nicola Cernovitch PILGRIM OF SORROW I Been ‘Buked...............................................................................................................The Company Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel................... Yannick Lebrun, Hope Boykin, Tina Monica Williams Music arranged by James Miller+

Fix Me, Jesus.....................................................................Linda Celeste Sims, Amos J. Machanic, Jr. Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

TAKE ME TO THE WATER Processional/Honor, Honor..............................Michael Francis McBride, Olivia Bowman Jackson, Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts Marcus Jarrell Willis, Yannick Lebrun

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the show Wade in the Water................................... Constance Stamatiou, Glenn Allen Sims, Renee Robinson Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts “Wade in the Water” sequence by Ella Jenkins “A Man Went Down to the River” is an original composition by Ella Jenkins

I Wanna Be Ready........................................................................................................Clifton Brown Music arranged by James Miller+

MOVE, MEMBERS, MOVE Sinner Man ....................................................Jamar Roberts, Antonio Douthit, Kirven James Boyd Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

The Day is Past and Gone...........................................................................................The Company Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers

You May Run On.........................................................................................................The Company Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers

Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham.................................................................The Company Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

* Used by arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc., publisher and copyright owner. + Used by special arrangement with Galaxy Music Corporation, New York City.

All performances of Revelations are permanently endowed by a generous gift from Donald L. Jonas in celebration of the birthday of his wife Barbara and her deep commitment to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Watch a special video message from Judith Jamison and share your own Revelations memories at www.AlvinAiley.org/rev50card. AileyConnect: 212-514-0010 To learn more about Three Black Kings press 55#. To learn more about Cry press 15#. To learn more about The Hunt press 50#. To learn more about Revelations press 17#. As a courtesy to the artists, please remember to turn off your cell phones during the performance.

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the show Friday, February 11, 2011, at 8 p.m. ANOINTED (2010) Choreography by Christopher L. Huggins Assistants to the choreographer: Sean Carmon, Levi Marsman and Makeda Crayton Music by Moby and Sean Clements Costumes by Christopher L. Huggins Costume consultant: Jon Taylor Lighting by Al Crawford Passing Linda Celeste Sims, Jamar Roberts Sally Forth Linda Celeste Sims, Ghrai DeVore, Rosalyn Deshauteurs, Demetia Hopkins, Constance Stamatiou 52 and counting Linda Celeste Sims, Ghrai DeVore, Rosalyn Deshauteurs, Demetia Hopkins, Constance Stamatiou, Jamar Roberts, Daniel Harder, Kirven James Boyd, Yannick Lebrun, Antonio Douthit Generous support was provided by The Fred Eychaner New Works Endowment Fund. This work has also been made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties. Christopher L. Huggins is a former member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer, he works in Europe, Japan, the Caribbean, and throughout the United States. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Huggins trained under Andrea Herbert-Major, Danny Sloan, and Martha Gray. He attended the State University of New York at Purchase, the Juilliard School, and was a fellowship student at The Ailey School. Mr. Huggins is a 2002 and 2008 recipient of the Alvin Ailey Award for Best Choreography from the Black Theater Alliance in Chicago for Enemy Behind the Gates and Pyrokinesis, respectively, and has also worked on several projects for Disney in Orlando, Florida. He was a silver medalist winner for the 4th International Contemporary Dance Competition in Seoul, Korea. In addition to commissions for Ailey II and The Ailey School, he has also set works on universities, colleges, and high schools throughout the United States. Anointed is Mr. Huggins’ first ballet for the Company. “Grace” (Moby) © 1997 Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) And The Little Idiot Music (BMI).  All rights administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. All rights reserved. Used by permission. All rights on behalf of The Little Idiot Music (BMI). “Blessed Love” composed by Sean Clements. “God Moving Over the Face of the Waters” (Moby) © 1995 Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) And The Little Idiot Music (BMI). All rights administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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the show Section I The Company Section II Linda Celeste Sims, Clifton Brown Section III Megan Jakel, Kirven James Boyd, Michael Francis McBride, Briana Reed, Constance Stamatiou, Rachael McLaren, Ghrai DeVore Section IV Jamar Roberts, Antonio Douthit Section V Michael Francis McBride, Vernard J. Gilmore, Kirven James Boyd Section VI Kirven James Boyd & The Company Section VII The Company Support for this new production was received from André Leon Talley and from the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey through the generosity of Kay Callison, the Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation and the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation. The original production was made possible, in part, with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and a generous grant from AT&T. “Izpoved (Rhodopes) (Confession)” (Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares Volume Two) performed by The Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir, Sofia 1976 arr. K. Kyurkdjiyski. “Kalimankou Denkou (The Evening Gathering)” (Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares Volume One), performed by The Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir under the direction of Philip Koutev and Krasimir Kyurkchiyski, Soloist: Yanka Roupkina. “Dragana I Slavei (Thrace) (Dragana’s Song)” (Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares Volume Two) performed by Choir Philip Koutev, 1973 arr. Philip Koutev. “Bezrodna Nevesta (Shopsko) (Young Childless Wife)” (Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares Volume Two) performed by The Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir, Sofia 1979 arr. N. Kaufman, Soloist: Radka Aleksova. “Kaval Sviri (Thrace) (The Flute Plays)” (Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares Volume Two) performed by Ensemble Trakia, Plovdiv 1982 arr. Peter Liomdev. “Pilentze Pee (Pilentze Sings)” (Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares Volume One) performed by The Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir under the direction of Philip Koutev and Krasimir Kyurkchiyski. “More Zajeni Se Ghiouro (Shopsko) (Ghiouro Marries)” (Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares Volume Two) performed by Ensemble Trakia, Plovdiv 1982 arr. Peter Liomdev.

-INTERMISSIONCELEBRATING REVELATIONS AT 50 FILM Produced and Directed by Judy Kinberg Director of Photography: Tom Hurwitz Animation Designer: Todd Ruff Edited by Andrew Morreale Generous support was provided by the Jean L. & Robert A. Stern Foundation. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 21


the show REVELATIONS (1960) Choreography by Alvin Ailey Music: Traditional Décor and costumes by Ves Harper Costumes for “Rocka My Soul” redesigned by Barbara Forbes Lighting by Nicola Cernovitch PILGRIM OF SORROW I Been ‘Buked...............................................................................................................The Company Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel............................Samuel Lee Roberts, Megan Jakel, Aisha Mitchell Music arranged by James Miller+

Fix Me, Jesus............................................................................. Akua Noni Parker, Glenn Allen Sims Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

TAKE ME TO THE WATER Processional/Honor, Honor........................................................... Daniel Harder, Khilea Douglass, Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts Marcus Jarrell Willis, Yannick Lebrun Wade in the Water.....................................................Rachael McLaren, Clifton Brown, Briana Reed Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts “Wade in the Water” sequence by Ella Jenkins “A Man Went Down to the River” is an original composition by Ella Jenkins

I Wanna Be Ready............................................................................................ Amos J. Machanic, Jr. Music arranged by James Miller+

MOVE, MEMBERS, MOVE Sinner Man .....................................Marcus Jarrell Willis, Jermaine Terry, Michael Francis McBride Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

The Day is Past and Gone...........................................................................................The Company Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers

You May Run On.........................................................................................................The Company Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers

Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham.................................................................The Company Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

* Used by arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc., publisher and copyright owner. + Used by special arrangement with Galaxy Music Corporation, New York City.

All performances of Revelations are permanently endowed by a generous gift from Donald L. Jonas in celebration of the birthday of his wife Barbara and her deep commitment to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Watch a special video message from Judith Jamison and share your own Revelations memories at www.AlvinAiley.org/rev50card. AileyConnect: 212-514-0010 To learn more about Anointed press 12#. To learn more about Forgotten Time press 16#. To learn more about Revelations press 17#. As a courtesy to the artists, please remember to turn off your cell phones during the performance.

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the show Saturday, February 12, 2011, at 2 p.m. THREE BLACK KINGS (1976) Choreography by Alvin Ailey Music by Duke and Mercer Ellington Original costumes by Normand Maxon Costume redesign by Jon Taylor Lighting by Chenault Spence and William Burd Three Black Kings was the last major work written by Duke Ellington. As he lay dying in his hospital bed in 1974, he gave his son, Mercer, final instructions on how it was to be completed and orchestrated. The first movement with its African rhythmic motifs, depicts Balthazar, the black king of the Nativity; the second is concerned with King Solomon; and the third celebrates, with warm “down-home” feeling, the triumphs of Ellington’s good friend, Martin Luther King.

King Balthazar Glenn Allen Sims, Jermaine Terry, Daniel Harder, Michael Francis McBride, Marcus Jarrell Willis, Kirven James Boyd King Solomon Yannick Lebrun, Constance Stamatiou, Akua Noni Parker, Khilea Douglass, Demetia Hopkins, Megan Jakel Martin Luther King Clifton Brown, Linda Celeste Sims, Khilea Douglass, Demetia Hopkins, Olivia Bowman Jackson, Ghrai DeVore, Megan Jakel, Akua Noni Parker, Jermaine Terry, Kirven James Boyd, Marcus Jarrell Willis, Samuel Lee Roberts, Daniel Harder, Michael Francis McBride Leadership support for this production was provided by American Express. Generous support for this new production was also provided by The Ellen Jewett & Richard L. Kauffman New Works Endowment Fund. -INTERMISSIONCRY (1971) For all Black women everywhere ‑ especially our mothers. Choreography by Alvin Ailey Music by Alice Coltrane, Laura Nyro, Chuck Griffin Costume by A. Christina Giannini Lighting by Chenault Spence Rachael McLaren, Constance Stamatiou, Briana Reed This work was made possible, in part, by a grant from Ford Foundation.

“Something About John Coltrane” written by Alice Coltrane. Published by Jowcol Music. “Been on a Train” by Laura Nyro. Used by permission of EMI Blackwood Music Inc. “Right On, Be Free” performed by The Voices of East Harlem. Used with permission of the publisher, Really Together Music.

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the show THE HUNT (2001) Choreography by Robert Battle Assistant to the choreographer: Erika Pujikic Music by Les Tambours du Bronx Costumes by Mia McSwain Lighting by Burke Wilmore Jermaine Terry, Daniel Harder, Samuel Lee Roberts, Vernard J. Gilmore, Michael Francis McBride, Marcus Jarrell Willis Generous support for this Company premiere was provided by The Pamela D. Zilly & John H. Schaefer New Works Endowment Fund and Linda Stocknoff. “Jungle Jazz” by L. Blomme, performed by Les Tambours du Bronx. “Les Boulets Se Rebiffent” by A. Dipace, J.Y. Lefloch, Y. Nisgand, B. Pingon, and J.M. Tramoy, performed by Les Tambours du Bronx. “Black Bull” by L. Le Mapihan, performed by Les Tambours du Bronx. Music from the recording Silence (1999). Used with permission by Right Bank Music, Inc.

-INTERMISSIONCELEBRATING REVELATIONS AT 50 FILM Produced and Directed by Judy Kinberg Director of Photography: Tom Hurwitz Animation Designer: Todd Ruff Edited by Andrew Morreale Generous support was provided by the Jean L. & Robert A. Stern Foundation.

REVELATIONS (1960) Choreography by Alvin Ailey Music: Traditional Décor and costumes by Ves Harper Costumes for “Rocka My Soul” redesigned by Barbara Forbes Lighting by Nicola Cernovitch PILGRIM OF SORROW I Been ‘Buked...............................................................................................................The Company Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel...........Michael Francis McBride, Ghrai DeVore, Demetia Hopkins Music arranged by James Miller+

Fix Me, Jesus............................................................................. Akua Noni Parker, Glenn Allen Sims Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

TAKE ME TO THE WATER Processional/Honor, Honor...................................Abdur-Rahim Jackson, Olivia Bowman Jackson, Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts Daniel Harder, Samuel Lee Roberts Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 25


the show Wade in the Water....................................Constance Stamatiou, Vernard J. Gilmore, Aisha Mitchell Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts “Wade in the Water” sequence by Ella Jenkins “A Man Went Down to the River” is an original composition by Ella Jenkins

I Wanna Be Ready...................................................................................................... Guillermo Asca Music arranged by James Miller+

MOVE, MEMBERS, MOVE Sinner Man ............................................. Marcus Jarrell Willis, Jermaine Terry, Samuel Lee Roberts Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

The Day is Past and Gone...........................................................................................The Company Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers

You May Run On.........................................................................................................The Company Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers

Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham.................................................................The Company Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

* Used by arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc., publisher and copyright owner. + Used by special arrangement with Galaxy Music Corporation, New York City.

All performances of Revelations are permanently endowed by a generous gift from Donald L. Jonas in celebration of the birthday of his wife Barbara and her deep commitment to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Watch a special video message from Judith Jamison and share your own Revelations memories at www.AlvinAiley.org/rev50card. AileyConnect: 212-514-0010 To learn more about Three Black Kings press 55#. To learn more about Cry press 15#. To learn more about The Hunt press 50#. To learn more about Revelations press 17#. As a courtesy to the artists, please remember to turn off your cell phones during the performance.

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the show REVELATIONS (1960) Choreography by Alvin Ailey Music: Traditional Décor and costumes by Ves Harper Costumes for “Rocka My Soul” redesigned by Barbara Forbes Lighting by Nicola Cernovitch PILGRIM OF SORROW I Been ‘Buked...............................................................................................................The Company Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel..........Abdur-Rahim Jackson, Hope Boykin, Tina Monica Williams Music arranged by James Miller+

Fix Me, Jesus................................................................................Briana Reed, Amos J. Machanic, Jr. Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

TAKE ME TO THE WATER Processional/Honor, Honor........................................................... Daniel Harder, Khilea Douglass, Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts Marcus Jarrell Willis, Yannick Lebrun Wade in the Water.................................... Rosalyn Deshauteurs, Antonio Douthit, Renee Robinson Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts “Wade in the Water” sequence by Ella Jenkins “A Man Went Down to the River” is an original composition by Ella Jenkins

I Wanna Be Ready........................................................................................................Clifton Brown Music arranged by James Miller+

MOVE, MEMBERS, MOVE Sinner Man ..................................................... Jermaine Terry, Yannick Lebrun, Kirven James Boyd Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

The Day is Past and Gone...........................................................................................The Company Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers

You May Run On.........................................................................................................The Company Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers

Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham.................................................................The Company Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

* Used by arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc., publisher and copyright owner. + Used by special arrangement with Galaxy Music Corporation, New York City.

All performances of Revelations are permanently endowed by a generous gift from Donald L. Jonas in celebration of the birthday of his wife Barbara and her deep commitment to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Watch a special video message from Judith Jamison and share your own Revelations memories at www.AlvinAiley.org/rev50card. AileyConnect: 212-514-0010 To learn more about Anointed press 12#. To learn more about Forgotten Time press 16#. To learn more about Revelations press 17#. As a courtesy to the artists, please remember to turn off your cell phones during the performance.

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the show Sunday, February 13, 2011, at 3 p.m. For full credits please see Thursday, February 10, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. show information. THREE BLACK KINGS (1976) King Balthazar Jamar Roberts, Amos J. Machanic, Jr., Guillermo Asca, Vernard J. Gilmore, Antonio Douthit, Abdur-Rahim Jackson King Solomon Clifton Brown, Linda Celeste Sims, Tina Monica Williams, Rosalyn Deshauteurs, Hope Boykin, Olivia Bowman Jackson Martin Luther King Glenn Allen Sims, Renee Robinson, Tina Monica Williams, Rosalyn Deshauteurs, Hope Boykin, Olivia Bowman Jackson, Briana Reed, Aisha Mitchell, Guillermo Asca, Amos J. Machanic, Jr., Vernard J. Gilmore, Abdur-Rahim Jackson, Antonio Douthit, Yannick Lebrun -INTERMISSIONCRY (1971) For all Black women everywhere ‑ especially our mothers. Rachael McLaren, Constance Stamatiou, Briana Reed -PAUSETHE HUNT (2001) Jermaine Terry, Daniel Harder, Samuel Lee Roberts, Vernard J. Gilmore, Michael Francis McBride, Marcus Jarrell Willis -INTERMISSION-

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the show REVELATIONS (1960) Choreography by Alvin Ailey Music: Traditional Décor and costumes by Ves Harper Costumes for “Rocka My Soul” redesigned by Barbara Forbes Lighting by Nicola Cernovitch PILGRIM OF SORROW I Been ‘Buked...............................................................................................................The Company Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel...............Marcus Jarrell Willis, Megan Jakel, Tina Monica Williams Music arranged by James Miller+

Fix Me, Jesus........................................................................................ Aisha Mitchell, Jamar Roberts Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

TAKE ME TO THE WATER Processional/Honor, Honor...............................................Daniel Harder, Olivia Bowman Jackson, Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts Samuel Lee Roberts, Jermaine Terry Wade in the Water.................................... Rachael McLaren, Vernard J. Gilmore, Akua Noni Parker Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts “Wade in the Water” sequence by Ella Jenkins “A Man Went Down to the River” is an original composition by Ella Jenkins

I Wanna Be Ready.................................................................................................Kirven James Boyd Music arranged by James Miller+

MOVE, MEMBERS, MOVE Sinner Man ...................................... Samuel Lee Roberts, Antonio Douthit, Abdur-Rahim Jackson Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

The Day is Past and Gone...........................................................................................The Company Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers

You May Run On.........................................................................................................The Company Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers

Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham.................................................................The Company Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

* Used by arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc., publisher and copyright owner. + Used by special arrangement with Galaxy Music Corporation, New York City.

All performances of Revelations are permanently endowed by a generous gift from Donald L. Jonas in celebration of the birthday of his wife Barbara and her deep commitment to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Watch a special video message from Judith Jamison and share your own Revelations memories at www.AlvinAiley.org/rev50card. AileyConnect: 212-514-0010 To learn more about Three Black Kings press 55#. To learn more about Cry press 15#. To learn more about The Hunt press 50#. To learn more about Revelations press 17#. As a courtesy to the artists, please remember to turn off your cell phones during the performance.

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the company ALL ABOUT AILEY Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 23 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on six continents, including two historic residencies in South Africa. In 2008, the U.S. Congress designated the Company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world,” promoting the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage. Born in Rogers, Texas, on January 5, 1931, Alvin Ailey was introduced to dance by performances of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. His formal dance training began with an introduction to Lester Horton’s classes by his friend, Carmen de Lavallade. When Mr. Ailey began creating dances, he drew upon his “blood memories” of Texas, the blues, spirituals and gospel as inspiration, which resulted in the creation of his most popular and critically acclaimed work — Revelations. Although he created 79 ballets over his lifetime, Alvin Ailey maintained that his company was not exclusively a repository for his own work. Today, the Company continues Mr. Ailey’s mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. In all, more than 200 works by more than 80 choreographers are part of the Ailey company’s repertoire. Before his untimely death in 1989, Alvin Ailey asked Judith Jamison to become artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Remaining committed to furthering Alvin Ailey’s legacy, she brought the Company to unprecedented success. In July 2011, Ms. Jamison will pass her mantle to Artistic Director Designate Robert Battle. In announcing Mr. Battle’s appointment, Ms. Jamison stated, “Combining an intimate knowledge of the Ailey Company with an independent perspective, he is without question the creative force of the future.”

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gratefully acknowledges The Joan & Sandy Weill Global Ambassador Fund, which provides vital support for Ailey’s national and international tours.

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bios JUDITH JAMISON, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Judith Jamison was appointed artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in December 1989 at the request of her mentor, Alvin Ailey, who personally chose her to succeed him before his untimely death. A native of Philadelphia, she studied with Marion Cuyjet, was discovered by Agnes de Mille and made her New York debut with American Ballet Theatre in 1964. She became a member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1965 and danced with the Company for 15 years to great acclaim. Recognizing her extraordinary talent, Mr. Ailey created some of his most enduring roles for her, most notably the tour-de-force solo, Cry. After leaving the Company in 1980, Ms. Jamison appeared as a guest artist with ballet companies all over the world and starred in the hit Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies. In 1988, she formed her own company, The Jamison Project; a PBS special depicting her creative process, Judith Jamison: The Dancemaker, aired nationally the same year. As a highly regarded choreographer, Ms. Jamison has created works for many companies. Her most recent work, Among Us (Private Spaces: Public Places), premiered in 2009. Her 2005 ballet Reminiscin’ was inspired by great female jazz artists and Edward Hopper’s famous painting Nighthawks. Love Stories, with additional choreography by Robert Battle and Rennie Harris, was created in 2004. In 2002, HERE ... NOW. was commissioned for the Cultural Olympiad in Salt Lake City. Ms. Jamison choreographed Double Exposure for the Lincoln Center Festival in July 2000. In 1993, Ms. Jamison created Hymn as a stirring tribute to Mr. Ailey. Echo: Far From Home (1998), Sweet Release (1996), Riverside (1995), Rift (1991), Forgotten Time (1989) and Divining (1984) are other major works she has choreographed for the Company. Ms. Jamison is an author whose autobiography, Dancing Spirit, was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and published by Doubleday in 1993. She is the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, including a prime-time Emmy Award and an American Choreography Award for the PBS “Great Performances: Dance In America” special, A Hymn for Alvin Ailey; and an honorary doctorate from Howard University. In December 1999, Ms. Jamison was presented with the Kennedy Center Honor, recognizing her lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts. In 2001, she received the Algur H. Meadows Award from Southern Methodist University and was presented with a National Medal of Arts, the most prestigious award presented to artists in the United States. She received the “Making a Difference” Award by the NAACP ACT-SO, the Paul Robeson award from Actors’ Equity Association in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the performing arts and commitment to the right of all people to live in dignity and peace, and a “Bessie” Award for her lifetime commitment to the preservation and development of dance and the arts. In 2009, Ms. Jamison was honored at “The BET Honors,” an event that recognizes the lives and achievements of leading African-American luminaries, and she was listed in the TIME 100: The World’s Most Influential People. She was also awarded the highest rank of the Order of Arts and Letters, an honor that recognizes eminent artists and writers, and those who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. In 2010, Ms. Jamison’s costume from Alvin Ailey’s 1975 ballet The Mooche was added to the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National 34A EncoreAtlantA.com


bios Museum of American History, and she received the 2010 Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, presented annually to an individual who has given exceptional time and energy to artists and the arts. She was also honored by first lady Michelle Obama at the first White House Dance Series: A Tribute to Judith Jamison and was named the 2010 recipient of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s prestigious Phoenix Award. Most recently, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented Ms. Jamison with the Handel Medallion, the highest honor awarded by the city of New York. Today, Judith Jamison presides over the artistically and fiscally vibrant Ailey organization. Her presence has been a catalyst, propelling the organization in new directions — the development of the Women’s Choreography Initiative; performances at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and the 2002 Cultural Olympiad in Salt Lake City, where she carried the Olympic torch during the relay prior to the Opening Ceremonies; and two historic engagements in South Africa. Recently, she led the Company on a 50-city global tour celebrating Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 50th anniversary with a year long series of special performances, collaborations, events and commemorative merchandise including an Ailey Barbie® Doll by Mattel designed by Ms. Jamison. She has continued Mr. Ailey’s practice of showcasing the talents of emerging choreographers from within the ranks of the Company. As artistic director of The Ailey School, official school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ms. Jamison has helped to implement a multicultural curriculum including the dances of West Africa and South India. She is an advocate for education in the arts and was a guiding force in establishing the B.F.A. program between The Ailey School and Fordham University, which offers a unique combination of world-class dance training and a superior liberal arts education. Following the tradition of Alvin Ailey, Ms. Jamison is dedicated to asserting the prominence of the arts in our culture, spearheading initiatives to bring dance into the community, and programs that introduce children to the arts. She remains committed to promoting the significance of the Ailey legacy- — dance as a medium for honoring the past, celebrating the present and fearlessly reaching into the future. The 2004 move to Ailey’s permanent home, the Joan Weill Center for Dance, a state-of-the-art building at 55th Street and 9th Avenue in Manhattan, was the realization of her long-awaited dream.

MASAZUMI CHAYA, ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Masazumi Chaya was born in Fukuoka, Japan, where he began his classical ballet training. Upon moving to New York in December 1970, he studied modern dance and performed with the Richard Englund Repertory Company. Mr. Chaya joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1972 and performed with the Company for 15 years. In 1988, he became the Company’s rehearsal director after serving as assistant rehearsal director for two years. A master teacher, both on tour with the Company and in his native Japan, he served as choreographic assistant to Alvin Ailey and John Butler. In 1991, Mr. Chaya was named associate artistic director of the Company. He continues to provide invaluable creative assistance in all facets of its operations. In 2002, Mr. Chaya coordinated the Company’s appearance at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, broadcast on NBC. Mr. Chaya has restaged numerous ballets including Alvin Ailey’s Flowers for the State Ballet of Missouri (1990) and The River for the Royal Swedish Ballet (1993), Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 34B


bios Ballet Florida (1995), National Ballet of Prague (1995), Pennsylvania Ballet (1996) and Colorado Ballet (1998). He has also restaged The Mooche, The Stack-Up, Episodes, Bad Blood, Hidden Rites, Urban Folk Dance and Witness for the Company. At the beginning of his tenure as associate artistic director, Mr. Chaya restaged Ailey’s For “Bird” — With Love for a “Dance in America” program titled Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Steps Ahead. In 2000, he restaged Ailey’s Night Creature for the Rome Opera House and The River for La Scala Ballet. In 2003, he restaged The River for North Carolina Dance Theatre and for Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentina. Most recently, Mr. Chaya restaged Blues Suite, Mary Lou’s Mass, Three Black Kings, and Judith Jamison’s Forgotten Time and Hymn for the Company. As a performer, Mr. Chaya appeared on Japanese television in both dramatic and musical productions. He wishes to recognize the artistic contribution and spirit of his late friend and fellow artist, Michihiko Oka.

robert battle, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR designate In July 2011, Robert Battle will succeed Judith Jamison as artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, becoming only the third person to head the Company since its founding by Mr. Ailey in 1958. In announcing her selection, Ms. Jamison said that “choosing Robert Battle is the giant leap I want to take to ensure that this company stays vibrant in the future.” Mr. Battle has already had a long association with the Ailey organization, as a choreographer and an artist-in-residence. Since 1999, he has set 11 of his works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II, and at The Ailey School — including three works being performed by the Ailey company this season: The Hunt, In/Side and Love Stories (a collaboration with Ms. Jamison and Rennie Harris). Mr. Battle’s journey to the top of the modern dance world began in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, Florida. He showed artistic talent early and studied dance at a high school arts magnet program before moving on to Miami’s New World School of the Arts, under the direction of Daniel Harder Lewis and Gerri Houlihan, and finally to the dance program at The Juilliard School, under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy, where he met mentor Carolyn Adams. Upon his graduation from Juilliard, Mr. Battle joined the Parsons Dance Company and danced with them from 1994 to 2001, and he also set his own choreography on that company starting in 1998. Mr. Battle then founded his own Battleworks Dance Company, which premiered in 2002 in Düsseldorf, Germany, as the U.S. representative to the festival. Battleworks subsequently performed extensively at venues including the Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, American Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. He has also created new works and restaged his ballets for such companies as Hubbard Street Repertory Ensemble, River North Chicago Dance Company, Koresh Dance Company, Introdans, PARADIGM and Ballet Memphis. He has regularly conducted residencies at universities throughout the United States and gives master classes around the globe. Mr. Battle was honored as one of the “Masters of African American Choreography” by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2005, and he received the prestigious Statue Award from the Princess Grace FoundationUSA in 2007. This past July, he was a guest speaker at the United Nations Leaders Programme in Turin, Italy. 34C EncoreAtlantA.com


bios matthew rushing, REHEARSAL DIRECTOR Matthew Rushing was born in Los Angeles, CA. He began his dance training with Kashmir Blake in Inglewood, CA, and later continued his training at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He received a Spotlight Award and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He trained at The Ailey School and later became a member of Ailey II, where he danced for a year. During his career, Mr. Rushing has performed as a guest artist for galas in Vail, Colorado, as well as in France, Russia, Canada, Austria and Italy. He has performed for presidents George H. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as at the 2010 White House tribute to Judith Jamison. During his time with the Company he has choreographed two ballets: Acceptance in Surrender (2005), a collaboration with Company members Hope Boykin and Abdur Rahim-Jackson, and Uptown (2009), a tribute to the Harlem Renaissance. He is a 2010 recipient of the Dance Magazine Award. Mr. Rushing joined the Company in 1992 and became rehearsal director in June 2010.

WHO’S WHO IN THE COMPANY GUILLERMO ASCA (Rego Park, NY) or “Moe,” as he is affectionately known, graduated from LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. He was a fellowship student at The Ailey School and danced with Ailey II, Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas, Ballet Hispanico, Dance Compass, Shapiro & Smith and Footprints Dance Project. In 2010, he performed at the White House tribute to Judith Jamison. Mr. Asca joined the Company in 1994. KIRVEN JAMES BOYD (Boston, MA) began his formal dance training at the Boston Arts Academy and joined Boston Youth Moves in 1999, under the direction of Jim Viera and Jeannette Neill. He also trained on scholarship at the Boston Conservatory and as a fellowship student at The Ailey School. Mr. Boyd has danced with Battleworks Dance Company, The Parsons Dance Company and Ailey II. He performed at the White House tribute to Judith Jamison in 2010. Mr. Boyd joined the Company in 2004. HOPE BOYKIN (Durham, NC) is a three-time recipient of the American Dance Festival’s Young Tuition Scholarship. She attended Howard University and while in Washington, D.C., she performed with Lloyd Whitmore’s New World Dance Company. Ms. Boykin was a student and intern at The Ailey School. She was assistant to the late Talley Beatty and an original member of Complexions. Ms. Boykin was a member

of Philadanco and received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award. In 2005, she choreographed Acceptance in Surrender in collaboration with Abdur-Rahim Jackson and Matthew Rushing for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Most recently she choreographed Go In Grace with the award-winning singing group Sweet Honey in the Rock for the Company’s 50th anniversary season. Ms. Boykin joined the Company in 2000. CLIFTON BROWN (Goodyear, AZ) trained at various schools including Take 5 Dance Academy, Ballet Arizona, New School for the Arts and The Ailey School, where he was a student in the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in Dance. Mr. Brown is a recipient of a Donna Wood Foundation Award, a Level 1 ARTS award given by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and was a 2005 nominee in the U.K. for a Critics Circle National Dance Award for best male dancer. In 2007, Mr. Brown received a “Bessie” Award in recognition of his work with the Ailey company. He has performed with Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance and as a guest artist with the Miami City Ballet. In 2010, he performed at the White House tribute to Judith Jamison. Mr. Brown joined the Company in 1999 and was named assistant to the rehearsal director in June 2010. ROSALYN DESHAUTEURS (New Orleans, LA) studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 34D


bios Arts. She trained at Perry Mansfield, the School of American Ballet and The Ailey School. After receiving her B.F.A. degree from The Juilliard School, Mrs. Deshauteurs became a member of Ailey II. In 2010, she performed at the White House tribute to Judith Jamison. Mrs. Deshauteurs joined the Company in 2000. GHRAI DeVORE (Washington, DC) began her formal dance training at the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center. She has studied ballet, Horton, Graham, jazz, tap, pointe, as well as African and Spanish dance. Ms. DeVore has completed summer programs at the Kirov Academy, Ballet Chicago, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, and was a fellowship student at The Ailey School. She was a member of Ailey II, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater 2, Hubbard Street 2 and Dance Works Chicago. Ms. DeVore joined the Company in 2010. KHILEA DOUGLASS (Baltimore, MD) received her dance training from Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Baltimore School for the Arts and The Ailey School, where she was a fellowship student. Ms. Douglass danced with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre and was a member of Ailey II. She joined the Company in 2005. ANTONIO DOUTHIT (St. Louis, MO) began his dance training at age 16 at the Center of Contemporary Arts under the direction of Lee Nolting and at the Alexandra School of Ballet. He also trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem School. After graduating from high school in 1999, Mr. Douthit became a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem where he appeared in featured roles in the ballets South African Suite, Dougla, Concerto in F, Return and Dwight Rhoden’s Twist. He was promoted to soloist in 2003. He also performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Mr. Douthit joined the Company in 2004. VERNARD J. GILMORE (Chicago, IL) began dancing at Curie Performing and Creative Arts High School in Chicago and later studied at the Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre 34E EncoreAtlantA.com

with Harriet Ross, Marquita Levy, and Emily Stein. He attended Barat College as a dance scholarship recipient and received first place in the all-city NAACP ACT-SO Competition in Dance in 1993. He studied as a fellowship student at The Ailey School and was a member of Ailey II. In 2010, he performed at the White House tribute to Judith Jamison. Mr. Gilmore is an active choreographer for the Ailey Dancers Resource Fund, and choreographed for Fire Island Dance Festival 2008 and Jazz Foundation of America Gala 2010; he also produced the Dance of Light Project in January 2010. Mr. Gilmore is a certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® instructor. He continues to teach workshops and master classes around the world. Mr. Gilmore joined the Company in 1997. DANIEL HARDER (Bowie, MD) began dancing at Suitland High School’s Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Maryland. He is a recent graduate of the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. program in dance where he was awarded the Jerome Robbins/Layton Foundation Scholarship and participated in the Holland Dance Festival with the School and as a member of the Francesca Harper Project. After dancing in the European tour of West Side Story, Mr. Harder became a member of Ailey II. He joined the Company in 2010. DEMETIA HOPKINS (Orange, VA) began her dance training at the Orange School of Performing Arts under the direction of her uncle Ricardo Porter and Heather Powell. She has also studied with the National Youth Ballet of Virginia, Virginia School of the Arts, the Summer Dance International Course in Burgos, Spain, The Rock School and Dance Theatre of Harlem School. Ms. Hopkins graduated with honors from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A program in Dance in 2009. She was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2010. ABDUR-RAHIM JACKSON (Philadelphia, PA) is a graduate of Franklin Learning Center High School and received his B.F.A. from The Juilliard School. He received scholarships from Freedom Theatre, Philadanco, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Boston Ballet and The Ailey School. Mr. Jackson received a Marion D. Cuyjet Award and was featured in the 2003 PBS “American


bios Masters” documentary Juilliard. He danced with Ailey II in 2000 and joined the Company in 2001. OLIVIA BOWMAN JACKSON (Brooklyn, NY) graduated from LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. She received scholarships from North Carolina School of the Arts and was a fellowship student at The Ailey School. Mrs. Jackson was a member of Donald Byrd/ The Group and Complexions. She joined the Company in 2001. MEGAN JAKEL (Waterford, MI) trained in ballet and jazz in her hometown. As a senior in high school, she spent a year dancing with the City Ballet of San Diego. In 2005, Ms. Jakel was an apprentice and rehearsal director for the Francesca Harper Project. She graduated with honors in May of 2007 from The Ailey/ Fordham B.F.A. Program in Dance. Ms. Jakel has performed works by choreographers David Parsons, Debbie Allen, Thaddeus Davis, Hans van Manen and Dwight Rhoden. She was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2009. YANNICK LEBRUN (Cayenne, French Guiana) began training in his native country at the Adaclam School under the guidance of Jeanine Verin. After graduating high school in 2004, he moved to New York City to study at The Ailey School as a fellowship student. Mr. Lebrun has performed works by choreographers Troy Powell, Matthew Rushing, Debbie Allen, Scott Rink, Thaddeus Davis, Nilas Martins and Dwight Rhoden and danced with the Francesca Harper Project Modo Fusion. He was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2011. Mr. Lebrun was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2008. AMOS J. MACHANIC, JR. (Miami, FL) studied dance at the New World School of the Arts and continued his training at The Ailey School, where he was a fellowship recipient. In 2010, he performed at the White House tribute to Judith Jamison. He was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 1996. MICHAEL FRANCIS McBRIDE (Johnson City, NY) recently graduated magna cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program

in Dance. He began his training at the Danek School of Performing Arts and later trained at Amber Perkins School of the Arts in Norwich, NY. In addition to The Ailey School, Mr. McBride attended Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts for two consecutive summers. He was also the assistant to choreographer Earl Mosley when he set the piece Saddle UP! on the Company in 2007. Mr. McBride joined the Company in 2009. RACHAEL McLAREN (Manitoba, Canada) began her formal dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. After graduating high school, she joined the Toronto cast of Mamma Mia! Ms. McLaren moved to New York to study at The Ailey School as a fellowship student and later joined Ailey II. She has performed works by Karole Armitage, Dwight Rhoden, Francesca Harper and Nilas Martins. Ms. McLaren joined the Company in 2008. AISHA MITCHELL (Syracuse, NY) received her primary dance training at the Onondaga Dance Institute, Dance Centre North and with Tony Salatino of Syracuse University. She studied at North Carolina Dance Theatre, Lines Ballet School, The Joffrey Ballet School and The Ailey School as a fellowship student. Ms. Mitchell is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in Dance and was a member of Ailey II. She performed works by choreographers Alonzo King, Dwight Rhoden, Debbie Allen, Seán Curran and Nacho Duato. Ms. Mitchell was a bronze medalist at the 2001 NAACP National ACT-SO competition. She joined the Company in 2008. AKUA NONI PARKER (Kinston, NC) began her ballet training at age three and moved to Wilmington, DE, at 12 to continue her professional training at the Academy of the Dance. In 2000, she joined Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she danced lead roles in Agon, Giselle and The Four Temperaments. Thereafter she danced with Cincinnati Ballet and Ballet San Jose. Ms. Parker has performed around the world and has had the pleasure of working with legendary icons Fredric Franklin and Geoffrey Holder. She joined the Company in 2008. BRIANA REED (St. Petersburg, FL) began her dance training at the Academy of Ballet Arts Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 34F


bios and The Pinellas County Center for Arts. She then studied at The Ailey School as a fellowship student. In 1997, Ms. Reed graduated from The Juilliard School and became a member of Ailey II. In 2010, she performed at the White House tribute to Judith Jamison. Ms. Reed joined the Company in 1998. JAMAR ROBERTS (Miami, FL) graduated from the New World School of the Arts. He trained at the Dance Empire of Miami and as a fellowship student at The Ailey School. Mr. Roberts was a member of Ailey II and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. He joined the Company in 2002. SAMUEL LEE ROBERTS (Quakertown, PA) began his dance training under the direction of Kathleen Johnston and attended The Juilliard School. He performed in the first international show of Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Mexico City and danced with the New York cast from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Roberts performed during the award ceremony at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, worked with Corbin Dances and Keigwin and Company and was a founding member of Battleworks Dance Company. In May 2006, he was named Dance Magazine’s “On the Rise” Dancer. He also performed several roles in Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe and in the original opera Grendel. Mr. Roberts joined the Company in 2009.

Benjamin Harkarvy. In 2004, Mr. Sims was the youngest person to be inducted into the Long Branch High School’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. He has been seen in several network televisions programs including “BET Honors,” “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Today Show.” In 2010, Mr. Sims taught as a master teacher in Ravenna, Italy, for “Dance Up Ravenna,” sponsored by International Dance Association (I.D.A), and performed in the White House tribute to Judith Jamison. He has performed for the King of Morocco and is a certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre®instructor. Mr. Sims joined the Company in 1997. LINDA CELESTE SIMS (Bronx, NY) began her dance training at Ballet Hispanico School of Dance and is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. In 1994, Mrs. Sims was granted an award by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. She has been highlighted in the “Best of 2009” list in Dance Magazine, and has performed as a guest star on “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Today Show.” She has made guest appearances at the White House tribute to Judith Jamison, Youth America Grand Prix, Vail International Dance Festival, and galas in Budapest and Vienna. Mrs. Sims joined the Company in 1996, and was named assistant to the rehearsal director in June 2010.

RENEE ROBINSON (Washington, DC) began her training in classical ballet at the JonesHaywood School of Ballet. She was the recipient of two Ford Foundation scholarships to the School of American Ballet and was awarded full scholarships to the Dance Theatre of Harlem School and The Ailey School. She performed at the White House State Dinner in 2003 in honor of the Kenya President Mwai Kibaki and at the White House tribute to Judith Jamison in 2010. Ms. Robinson was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 1981.

CONSTANCE STAMATIOU (Charlotte, NC) began her dance training at Pat Hall’s Dance Unlimited and North Carolina Dance Theatre. In May 2002, she graduated from Northwest School of the Arts and studied at SUNY Purchase before becoming a fellowship student at The Ailey School. In 2009, Ms. Stamatiou received the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts, which is awarded to exceptionally talented and promising artists. She performed at the White House tribute to Judith Jamison in 2010. Ms. Stamatiou was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2007.

GLENN ALLEN SIMS (Long Branch, NJ) began his classical dance training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Red Bank, NJ. He attended The Juilliard School under the artistic guidance of

JERMAINE TERRY (Kissimmee, FL) began his dance training in Kissimmee at James Dance Center. He graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of South

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bios Florida, where he received scholarships for excellence in performance and choreography. Mr. Terry was a fellowship student at The Ailey School and a member of Ailey II, and has performed with Buglisi Dance Theater, Arch Dance, Dance Iquail and Philadanco. Mr. Terry joined the Company in 2010. TINA MONICA WILLIAMS (Elizabeth, NJ) started dancing at a local dance school at an early age. In 1994, Ms. Williams began her formal training at The Ailey School, receiving a fellowship after her first year. She danced with Footprints Dance Company, The Millennium Project and The Shore Ballet Company and was invited to perform in Italy in 1994 as part of a youth cultural exchange tour. In 1998, she was invited to join Ailey II. Ms. Williams joined the Company in 2000.

MARCUS JARRELL WILLIS (Houston, TX) began his formal training at the Johnston Performing Arts Middle School, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and Discovery Dance Group in Houston, Texas. At age 16, he moved to New York City and studied at The Ailey School as a fellowship student. Mr. Willis is a recipient of a Level 1 ARTS award given by the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts and has received scholarships to many schools including the Juilliard School. He was a member of Ailey II and worked with Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater and Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza. Mr. Willis joined the Company in 2008. The Ailey dancers are supported, in part, by The Judith McDonough Kaminski Dancer Endowment Fund.

ALVIN AILEY DANCE FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES Joan H. Weill, Chairman Henry McGee, President Simin N. Allison, Guido Goldman, Philip Laskawy, Arthur J. Mirante II, John H. Schaefer, Christopher J. Williams, Vice-Chairmen James G. Abruzzo Gina F. Adams Eleanor S. Applewhaite Debby Ballard Antoinette Cooper Blair Judith Byrd Anthony M. Carvette Kathryn C. Chenault David S. Daniel

Catherine Davis Anita-Agnes O. Hassell Judith Jamison Richard L. Kauffman Robert Kissane Debra L. Lee Michelle Y. Lee Anthony A. Lewis

Linda M. Lindenbaum Sharon Gersten Luckman Leslie L. Maheras Arthur J. Mahon Gabriella E. Morris Nicolas S. Rohatyn Richard Speciale Lemar Swinney Julia A. Walker

Stanley Plesent, Esq., Harold Levine, Chairmen Emeriti

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staff ALVIN AILEY DANCE FOUNDATION ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Recipient of a National Medal of Arts Sharon Gersten Luckman — Executive Director Calvin Hunt – Senior Director, Performance and Production Bennett Rink – Senior Director, Development and External Affairs Pamela Robinson – Chief Financial Officer ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER Edward De Jesus............................... Property Master Andrew Blacks................................................Flyman Brian Luftig................................. Assistant Electrician Corin Wright....................... Senior Wardrobe Assistant Erika Kuehn................................. Wardrobe Assistant Joy L. Pelham.................. Assistant Company Manager Christina Collura.................................... Performance and Production Associate Gina Maria Costagliola.................Production Assistant Donald J. Rose M.D............... Director of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, Hospital for Joint Disease Shaw Bronner...................Director of Physical Therapy Sheyi Ojofeitimi...............................Physical Therapist

Matthew Rushing...........................Rehearsal Director Clifton Brown & Linda Celeste Sims .....................Assistants to the Rehearsal Director Dacquiri T’Shaun Smittick...............Company Manager E.J. Corrigan................................... Technical Director Isabelle Quattlebaum.....................Business Manager Kristin Colvin Young.............................Stage Manager Nicole A. Walters.................. Assistant Stage Manager Jon Taylor.................................. Wardrobe Supervisor Al Crawford....................................... Lighting Director David Kerr...................................... Master Electrician Joe Gaito........................................ Master Carpenter Adam Omeljaniuk...............................Sound Engineer

TOURING CONTACT North American Agent OPUS 3 ARTISTS 470 Park Avenue South, 9th Fl North New York, NY 10016 Telephone: 212 584 7500 Fax: 646 300 8200 www.opus3artists.com

International Agent ASKONAS HOLT LTD. Lincoln House, 300 High Holborn, London WC1V 7JH, United Kingdom Telephone: +44 20 7400 1700 Fax: +44 20 7400 1799 Jonathan Fleming, Senior Project Manager jonathan.fleming@askonasholt.co.uk

Paul Szilard, Impresario Emeritus PRODUCTION CREDITS Lighting system provided by 4Wall Entertainment. Touring sound system provided by New York Audio Services Inc. CELEBRATING REVELATIONS AT 50 FILM Special thanks to the 92nd Street Y Archives; Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; and THIRTEEN. Photo of Alvin Ailey and Judith Jamison © Jack Mitchell. High Definition video playback equipment provided by Scharff Weisberg and Gibson Entertainment Services. Sylvia Cahill, Research/Clearances; Peter Miller, Sound Recordist; John Bowen, Sound Editor; Ken Hahn, Sound Mixer; John Roche, Gaffer; Don Wylie, Online Editor; Post Production Facilities: Frame Runner, Subvoyant, and Sync Sound. AILEY TOUR MERCHANDISE Ailey Tour Merchandise and AileyShop.com are managed by The Araca Group www.AileyShop.com or 866-55-AILEY Alvin Ailey is a proud member of Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater The Joan Weill Center for Dance 405 West 55th Street New York, NY 10019-4402 Tel: (212) 405-9000 Fax: (212) 405-9001 www.AlvinAiley.org www.facebook.com/AlvinAileyAmericanDanceTheater 34I EncoreAtlantA.com


Performances at the historic Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square!

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Leader of the Pack

the Mikado

february 18 - March 6, 2011

april 15 - May 1, 2011

Music and Lyric by Ellie Greenwich & Friends DirEctED by branDt bLockEr

Music by arthur Sullivan Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert DirEctED by HEiDi cLinE MckErLEy

this hit broadway musical revue celebrates the life and times of Ellie Greenwich, whose doo wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the sixties charts. the story of Ellie’s rise to fame and fortune is punctuated with the virtual Hit Parade of her music: “chapel of Love,” “Da Do ron ron,” “be My baby,” “Hanky Panky,” Do Wah Diddy,” “and then He kissed Me,” “river Deep. Mountain High” and, of course, the title song.

Gilbert and Sullivan are the undisputed masters of comic operetta and the proud parents of the modern musical. that their works are more in demand today than when they were created over a century ago is ample proof of their lasting brilliance. the hapless lovers in the Mikado are mercilessly buffeted by social restrictions, legal inconsistencies, judicial inequities, government stupidities, and that’s just the first act! Poor dears - it would be absolutely tragic if it weren’t so hysterically funny.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION The Theatre A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,678 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events. Private Rooms The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, with accommodations for 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The brand new Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. All rooms include the Fox Theatre’s professional sales and coordination staff. To book your ”Fabulous Fox“ evening, please call 404.881.2100 or visit us at www.foxtheatre.org. The Box Office The Fox Theatre Box Office is located in the arcade entrance to the theatre. The Box Office is open for walk up ticket sales Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Fox Theatre Box Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. During Events, the Box Office opens two hours prior to show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour prior to show time. Tickets for all performances at the Fox may be purchased at any TICKETMASTER outlet, by calling TICKETMASTER at 800.745.3000, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office in person during regular Box Office hours. Concessions Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, adjacent to the main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. Restrooms Restrooms are located on the Main Lobby and Mezzanine Lobby levels. Restrooms are also located on the Gallery level. Restrooms for patrons who are physically challenged are located in the Spanish Room Gift Shop The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theatrerelated merchandise. The gift shop is located in the main lobby and is open at each performance. Tours Tours of the Fox Theatre are available through the Atlanta Preservation Center. Tours are conducted Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Tours begin in the Peachtree Street Arcade entrance to the theatre. For more information on tours and to confirm the tour schedule, please call the Atlanta Preservation Center at 404.688.3353.

Smoking In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. Special Needs Ken Shook, Patron Services Director, is our liaison to the disabled community. He can be reached at 404.881.2118 and can provide information on such topics as the locations and prices of accessible seating and other programs for the disabled. The Fox Theatre also has a new brochure detailing all these programs for our patrons with special needs. They are available at the Guest Relations Table. Fox Ambassadors are located at the Guest Relations Table in the main lobby at the Fox Theatre Merchandise Kiosk to offer their assistance, theatre information, and several rental items to enhance your performance enjoyment. An audio clarification device (Phonic Ear) is available for patrons with hearing disabilities. It is available, free of charge, on a first-come, first-serve basis on the evening of a performance, or you may reserve a device by calling the Patron Services Director. A limited number of booster seats are also available free of charge. Binoculars are available for sale. All items require a form of identification to be held until the item is returned. Elevators Elevators are located at the north end of each lobby. The elevators are available during all performances and make it possible to access each lobby without the use of stairs. Parking Parking is available within a four-block radius in all directions of the Fox Theatre. Advanced reserved parking is available for sale at the Fox Box Office or by calling TICKETMASTER at 800.745.3000. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned parking lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. Performance Notes All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the theatre. Please be aware that not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management, in conjunction with the wishes of the producers. Please turn off all pagers and cell phones prior to the beginning of each performance. Please limit conversation during the performances. Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited.

Lost and Found Lost and Found items are turned in to the House Manager’s office. To check on lost items, please call the House Manager at 404.881.2075. Lost and Found items will be retained for 30 days. Emergency Information In the event of an emergency, please walk to the nearest exit. Do Not Run.

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GOLDEN RULES The following brief, but important, article has been published to assist in audience etiquette. To this day we get at least one phone call a week asking for reprint rights. These calls and letters come from orchestras and theatres, opera and ballet companies all over the United States and Canada, big and little troupes alike. The message, telegraphed between the lines, seems to be an S.O.S.: American audiences are out of control. Are they? Here’s a refresher course. Please read on, and remember, part of one’s pact as an audience member is to take seriously the pleasure of others, a responsibility fulfilled by quietly attentive (or silently inattentive) and selfcontained behavior. After all, you can be as demonstrative as you want during bows and curtain calls. 1. Go easy with the atomizer; many people are highly allergic to perfume and cologne. 2. If you bring a child, make sure etiquette is part of the experience. Children love learning new things. 3. Unwrap all candies and cough drops before the curtain goes up or the concert begins. 4. Make sure cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms are OFF. And don't jangle the bangles. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Note to lovebirds: When you lean your heads together, you block the view of the person behind you. Leaning forward also blocks the view. 7. THOU SHALT NOT TALK, or hum, or sing along, or beat time with a body part. 8. Force yourself to wait for a pause or intermission before rifling through a purse, backpack, or shopping bag. 9. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress is discourteous. 10. Honor the old standby: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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Allan C. Vella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . General Manager Adina Alford Erwin . . . . . . . Assistant General Manager Pat “Sunshine” Tucker . . . . . . . . . . Box Office Manager Ben Neill . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Box Office Manager Robert Burnett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Controller Jennifer S. Farmer . . . . . . . . Director of Sales/Ballrooms Oliver Diamantstein . . . . Director of Food and Beverage Len Tucker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Operations Pat Prill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House Manager Greta Duke . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant House Manager Kristen Delaney . . . . . . . . . . Director of Marketing & PR Ken Shook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patron Services Director Shelly Kleppsattel . . . . . . Booking & Contract Associate Jamie Vosmeier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Group Sales Director Molly Fortune . . . . . . Preservation Department Manager Amy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Manager Rebecca J. Graham . . . . . Assistant Production Manager Gary Hardaway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master Carpenter Larry Watson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House Flyman Scott Hardin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Property Master Ray T. Haynie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master Electrician Cary Oldknow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Sound Engineer Larry-Douglas Embury . . . . . . . . . Organist In Residence Tammy Folds . . . . . . . . . . . Production Security Manager

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEMBERS Alan E. Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman of the Board Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Beauchamp C. Carr . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd Vice President John A. Busby Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3rd Vice President Julia Sprunt Grumbles . . . . . . . . . . . . 4th Vice President Edward Hutchison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer Robyn Rieser Barkin . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Treasurer Clara Hayley Axam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Secretary Walter R. Huntley Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Robert E. Minnear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Carl V. Patton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts IV, Keith Cowan, Robert L. Foreman Jr., F. Sheffield Hale, John R. Holder, Florence Inman, Craig B. Jones, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Starr Moore, Jay Myers, Joe G. Patten, Glen J. Romm, Sylvia Russell, Nancy Gordy Simms, Clyde C. Tuggle, Carolyn Lee Wills.

HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Anne Cox Chambers, Arnall (Pat) Connell, Rodney Mims Cook Jr., Jere A. Drummond, Richard O. Flinn III, Arthur Montgomery, Joseph V. Myers Jr., Edward J. Negri, Edgar Neiss, Herman J. Russell, Preston Stevens Jr.

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Fox theatre Dining Guide Looking for a great night out? Try one of these local restaurants before or after the show. For Dinner and a Show packages, visit encoreatlanta.com/offers. Neighborhood codes: A–Alpharetta, B–Buckhead, IP–Inman Park, OFW–Old Fourth Ward, M­—Midtown, D–Downtown, P–Perimeter Mall area, SS–Sandy Springs, VH–Virginia-Highland, V—Vinings, W–Westside

American Broadway Diner Unique, due to its food and décor, the Broadway Diner serves great food (including authentic Greek cuisine) at awesome prices. Based on a Broadway-style theme, the diner is perfect for families and business people. 620 Peachtree St. NE, (404) 477-9600, thebroadwaydiner.com. M Deckard’s Kitchen and Kegs is a neighborhood American tavern with a New England twist. Specializing in simple craft cuisine, classic ingredients and an extensive, eclectic beer selection. 650 Ponce De Leon Avenue, 404-9413520. kitchenandkegs.com. M Einstein’s The place that puts a smile on your face. Dining with an emphasis on service, Einstein’s offers innovative competitively-priced cuisine in a warm, accommodating environment. Enjoy a delicious meal on their award-winning patio and sip on their infamous martinis. 1077 Juniper St., 404-876-7925, einsteinsatlanta.com. M Garrison’s A neighborhood destination known for high quality food, generous portions and a 38 EncoreAtlantA.com

comfortable setting. Superb wine and specialty cocktails compliment the highest quality seafood, steaks and creative sandwiches. Their outside dining is perfect for relaxing and people-watching. Vinings Jubilee Shopping Center, 4300 Paces Ferry Rd., 770-436-0102, garrisonsatlanta.com. V Goodfellas Pizza and Wings brings you the finest pizza in the Atlanta area. Using the freshest ingredients, Goodfellas offers everything you need for lunch and dinner — pasta, salads, calzones, subs and, of course, pizza and wings. 615 Spring St. NW, 404-347-7227, goodfellaspizzawings.com. M Hudson Grille is the perfect place to catch a game, to meet friends for a great meal or to enjoy drinks at one of their expansive bars. Four locations: Midtown, 942 Peachtree St. NE, 404-2499468; Alpharetta, 865 North Main St., 770777-4127; Perimeter, 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody, 770-350-0134; Brookhaven, 4046 Peachtree Rd., 404-233-0313, hudsongrille.com. M,A,P,B Joe’s Inside and out on the patio, this hotspot’s nostalgic charm sets the stage for a wholly unique tavern experience. With an accent on congenial


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good times, Joe’s sassy food servers keep patrons smiling, while the master mixologists behind the bar whip up drinks known for their flavor and potency. Midtown: 1049 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-875-6344; College park: 2144 Sullivan Rd, College Park, GA, 404-844-5000, joesatlanta.com. M Lenox Square Grill offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. DJ every Friday and Saturday night til 2am. Private meeting rooms accommodate up to 150. 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404.841.2377, lenoxsquaregrill.com. B Livingston Restaurant and Bar It’s hard to beat the location (across the street from the Fox Theatre in the Georgian Terrace), and diners get complimentary parking, but the main attraction is the glamour of the main dining room, which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable, and the al fresco seating area, which is available in warm weather. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404-897-5000, livingstonatlanta.com. M Lobby The menu focuses on seasonal fare at this sophisticated American restaurant in the lobby of TWELVE Atlantic Station. 361 17th St., 404961-7370, lobbyattwelve.com. M ONE.midtown kitchen Dine on fresh, seasonal American cuisine in a club-like atmosphere near Piedmont Park. 559 Dutch Valley Rd., 404-8924111, onemidtownkitchen.com. M Murphy’s This restaurant has one of the city’s top brunch menus, but it’s known for great peoplewatching and its contemporary comfort food. 997 Virginia Ave., 404-872-0904, murphysvh. com. VH Taco Mac Atlanta’s favorite family friendly sports restaurant and bar since 1979. Consistently voted Atlanta’s best wings and best beer selection, Taco Mac has something for everyone. 25 metro Atlanta locations, including 933 Peachtree Street NE, blocks away from the Fox Theatre. 678-904-7211. tacomac.com. M Two Urban Licks “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404-522-4622, twourbanlicks.com. M

the best burgers in town. 1600 Piedmont Ave., 404-874-3751, cowtippersatlanta.com. M Joey D’s Oakroom Near Perimeter Mall, this stylish steak house has a staggering selection of spirits and a hot after-dinner singles scene. 1015 Crown Pointe Pkwy., 770-512-7063, centraarchy.com. P New York Prime A Prime Time Top 10 USDA Prime Steakhouse known for its wine list, atmosphere and world class service. 3424 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-846-0644, centraarchy.com. B Prime Enjoy steak, sushi and seafood in a festive atmosphere near Lenox Mall. 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-812-0555, h2sr.com. B Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse A favorite local steak house with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hotspots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Three locations: Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-365-0660; Sandy Springs, 5788 Roswell Rd., 404-255-0035; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St., 404-223-6500; ruthschris.com. B, SS, D The Tavern at Phipps This is one of Atlanta’s hottest after-work spots, and has been singled out for its happy hour and singles scene by Jezebel, InSite Magazine and the AOL City Guide. 3500 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-814-9640, centraarchy. com. B

American/southern South City Kitchen With a stylish, Southerncontemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Sundays are BBQ Nite. Two locatons: Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave. 404-873-7358, Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Pkwy. 770-435-0700, southcitykitchen.com. M, V Terrace celebrates American heirloom recipes through supporting local and regional farmers, fisherman and producers. It recaptures the pure simple flavors and tastes of natural and organic ingredients while bursting with delicious flavors. 176 Peachtree St. NW, 678.651.2770, ellishotel.com/terrace. D

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Aja Restaurant & Bar Serving modern Asian cuisine, Aja has a 150-seat patio overlooking Buckhead and a huge lounge, where diners nosh on dim sum and sip mai tais. 3500 Lenox Rd., Ste. 100, 404-231-0001, h2sr.com. B

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Noodle continues its proven approach to Asian cuisine with a menu that offers fresh, madeto order dishes, house-made curries, and an upscale Pan Asian array of choices at a lower price than you’d typically find in similarly themed establishment. Decatur: 205 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030, 404-3788622; Midtown: 903 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-685-3010; College Park: 3693 Main St., College Park, GA, 30337, (404) 7675154, noodlehouse.net. M

bakery Sugar Shack From breakfast paninis in the morning, signature sandwiches for lunch and dinner, and amazing cakes, pies, cheescakes, cupcakes and coffee. There is something for everyone at every hour at the Sugar Shack. Life is sweet. 4058 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30319, 404-816-6161, sugarshackatlanta.com. B

brew pub/goUrmet pub fare Gordon Biersch Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. For a small additional fee, pre-show diners can leave cars

in the lot while they’re at the Fox. Two locations: Midtown: 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404-8700805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404264-0253, gordonbiersch.com. M, B Tap A gastropub offering easy-to-share pub fare and an extensive beer selection. The patio is a great place to chill after work. 1180 Peachtree St., 404-347-2220, tapat1180.com. M

creole/cajun Parish New Orleans-inspired dishes served with a modern twist and a fully stocked raw bar; a Nawlins-inspired brunch is served on the weekends. Downstairs, a take-away market sells sandwiches, spices, pastries and beverages. 240 N. Highland Ave., 404-681-4434, parishatl. com. IP

european fusion Ecco Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a “Best New Restaurant in America.” It’s also gotten raves for its killer wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 Seventh St. NE, 404-347-9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M


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mediterranean/latin/asian fusion Shout A young crowd keeps Shout’s rooftop lounge hopping every night. The menu reflects a mix of Mediterranean, Far Eastern and South American influences. 1197 Peachtree St. NE, 404-846-2000, h2sr.com. M

MEXICAN Cantina Tequila & Tapas Bar is located in the Terminus building on the corner of Peachtree and Piedmont roads. It features authentic Mexican cuisine and has become Buckhead’s newest watering hole. Join us weekly for $2 Taco Night every Tuesday, Buck Wild Wednesdays, when certain items are only $1, and Disco Thursday. 3280 Peachtree Rd. NW, Terminus 100, Ste. 150, 404-892-9292, h2sr.com. B El Taco An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and killer margaritas. 1186 N. Highland Ave. NE, 404-873-4656, eltaco-atlanta.com.VH

seafood/sushi Coast Seafood and Raw Bar serves Atlanta’s freshest seafood and island cocktails. The menu

incorporates classics including crab and corn hush puppies, a signature seafood boil, and a variety of raw or steamed oysters, clams and mussels; along with signature fresh catch entrees. 111 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW, 404-869-0777, h2sr.com. B Goldfish This fun seafood/sushi restaurant has Happy Hour specials Mon-Fri and nightly entertainment in its lounge. 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., 770-671-0100, h2sr.com. P

steak/sushi Room This elegant restaurant serves steak and sushi on the ground floor of the TWELVE Centennial Park hotel. 400 W. Peachtree St., 404-418-1250, roomattwelve.com. D Strip This sophisticated steak, seafood and sushi restaurant offers an in-house DJ and a rooftop deck. Atlantic Station at 18th St., 404-385-2005, h2sr.com. M Twist This lively restaurant has a huge bar, satay station, tapas menu, sushi and seafood dishes; patio seating is first-come, first-served. 3500 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-869-1191, h2sr.com. B

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Bloomsberg Carpet Industries, based in Pennsylvania, custommade the Fox Theatre’s Auditorium and Egyptian Ballroom carpets this year. More than one acre of carpet was made. The recent carpet installation took 21 days and over 900 hours to complete.

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The historic heart of black Atlanta is the Sweet Auburn District, home of The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. Established in 1980, the site consists of Dr. King’s birthplace, the original Ebenezer Baptist Church (where three generations of the King family preached), the “I Have a Dream” International World Peace Garden, and the burial site of Dr. King and his wife, 52 EncoreAtlantA.com

Coretta Scott King. Another point of interest is the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, where visitors can walk in the footsteps of civil rights leaders like Rosa Parks and President Jimmy Carter. Admission and parking are free. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 450 Auburn Ave.; 404331-6922; nps.gov/malu/index.htm. Also located in the Sweet Auburn District is the APEX Museum, The African American Panoramic Experience. The

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here better to celebrate the history, culture and accomplishments of African Americans than Atlanta? Home to many historic attractions, our city was the stomping ground for civil rights activists and leaders, among other unsung black heroes. Whether you are looking for a way to spend your weekend exploring Atlanta, or a good book to read on a rainy day, our city offers numerous ways to celebrate Black History Month.


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Did you know? On Feb. 26, the First Annual Black History Month Parade will commence in the Sweet Auburn District. The parade will feature marching bands, entertainers, dignitaries, civic groups, unions, corporate groups, comedians, artists, public speakers, food, beverages and kid-friendly fun. 12-5 p.m., Fort St. and Auburn Ave.; 404-478-7820; blackhistorymonthparade.com

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The concept of serving fried chicken and waffles together began in Harlem during the 1930s, when late night guests couldn’t decide between having breakfast or dinner. The best place to try this strange, yet delicious, combination of salty and syrupy is at Gladys Knight and Ron Winans’ Chicken and Waffles. Open Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-4 a.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; 529 Peachtree St. NW; 404-874-9393; gladysandron.net

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museum’s purpose is to interpret and present history from an African-American perspective, celebrating the often untold history of black Americans. Galleries include a replica of the Yates & Milton Drug Store, the Hall of Achievement and an exhibit on black inventors. Admission is $4 for adults; $3 students and seniors (55+). Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; 135 Auburn Ave.; 404-521-2739; apexmuseum.org The Hammonds House Museum is the only art museum that focuses on artists of African descent. The collection features more than 350 works of art, dating from the mid-19th century. Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for children, students and seniors. Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sat.-Sun. 1-5 p.m.; 503 Peeples St.; 404-612-0500; hammondshouse.org The Wren’s Nest was the home of Joel Chandler Harris from 1881 until 1908, and opened as a house museum in 1913. Harris, a former associate editor of the Atlanta Constitution and voice of “the New South,” was best known for publishing stories that reflected the oral traditions and folklore of slaves working on pre-Civil War plantations in middle Georgia. His Brer Rabbit tales were first published in 1876, have been translated into hundreds of languages and have never gone out of print. The Wren’s Nest seeks to honor African-American heritage and folklore through storytelling. Admission is $8 for adults; $7 seniors and students; $5 children. Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with storytelling every Sat. at 1 p.m., 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.; 404753-7735; wrensnestonline.com


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In 1947, brothers James and Robert Paschal opened Paschal’s Restaurant — one of the first African Americanowned restaurants in the city. It was a popular meeting place for civil rights leadership and its reputation for great food has attracted luminaries such as Aretha Franklin and Dizzy Gillespie. Even though it’s not in the original location, the menu still features its authentic Southern-fried chicken. A second location is at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Open Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.;180-B Northside Drive; 404-525-2023; paschalsatlanta.com Located in the Sweet Auburn District, Negril Caribbean Café offers a casual dining experience with a menu featuring Jamaican and Caribbean cuisines. Open Mon.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Fri. 11:30 p.m, -10 p.m., Sat. 12:30 -10 p.m, Sun. 1 -7 p.m.; 180 Auburn Avenue; 678974-5549; negrilatlanta.com book-club worthy

Explore the lives and obstacles of African Americans through centuries of literature with these page-turners. • 1845: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglas • 1901: Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington • 1926: The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes • 1937: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston • 1940: The Big Sea by Langston Hughes • 1953: The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison • 1965: The Autobiography of Malcom X by Alex Haley 56 EncoreAtlantA.com

Local best-selling New York Times and Oprah Book Club author Pearl Cleage recommends The Big Sea: “[Langston Hughes] starts [his autobiography] when he’s 20 years old, and he’s joined the merchant marines. He’s standing on the deck of this ship as it’s pulling away from the shore in Sandy Hook in New Jersey, and he realizes that he has been living in his head. He actually wants to live his life, so he takes all the books he brought with him and throws them off, into the water. It was such a great story because what he’s writing about is his discovery of himself as a writer.”

• 1969: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou • 1970: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison • 1982: The Color Purple by Alice Walker • 1986: A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King and James M. Washington • 1987: Beloved by Toni Morrison • 1996: Push by Sapphire (later to be adapted into the Academy Award winning film Precious in 2009) • 1997: What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage • 2004: Caroline, or Change by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori


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the women who came after her were in awe of her talent and her performances. To have to step into those roles was very, very challenging. But, she was always supportive, encouraging and made us feel comfortable. I had a wonderful time working with her on the role in Divining, as well as Cry, which was a whole other level of challenges. Like Alvin, she has always allowed her artists to express their individuality, and that’s very important. I think that’s something that makes the Ailey company such a sought-out place for young artists. How do you think she impacted the company’s artistic direction during her tenure? It was her goal to make sure that the company was a strong, viable organization. Everyone knows that some of our earlier years were difficult financially. She was instrumental in working with our executive director to ensure that we had a strong board that could continue Alvin’s vision and help support her visions. Creatively, financially and artistically, she is a dynamic woman. I have the greatest respect for her and I consider her a friend. She’s been very supportive of me and the work that I do – overseeing the Arts In Education Program and our summer camps. Where do you see the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre heading in the next 50 years? 58 EncoreAtlantA.com

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey’s Revelations.

We’ve been very fortunate: Alvin left his print on the dance world, and Judy has left her print on the dance world and the Ailey organization as well. I think that her successor, Robert Battle, is a dynamic man with an incredible choreographic voice. I think audiences will continue to connect with Ailey through his works and leadership. But Judy will remain part of the organization, because this is a home for those of us that have that connection. I look forward to the future and working with Robert, continuing to reach out and bring in new people and encouraging them to support the arts. Bret Love is the founder of ecotourism/ conservation site GreenGlobalTravel.com; the national managing editor of INsite magazine; and music editor for Georgia Music Magazine. He freelances for more than a dozen other national and international publications, and performs on numerous improv teams with Jackpie at Relapse Theatre.

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