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‘IT’S A RUSH’ Meet Alvin Ailey’s Christopher Wilson, an Augusta native returning home to perform on the Fox Theatre stage. By Julie Bookman

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Ailey II’s Christopher Wilson is a graduate of John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School in Augusta, Georgia.

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hirteen years ago, when Christopher R. Wilson was 10, he traveled from his Augusta home to see his first-ever Fox Theatre performance. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was on stage. Christopher had never seen a professional dance performance and had only recently started taking dance lessons. He was mesmerized. “I felt like I was seeing superheroes who looked like me literally flying across the stage,” he says. “I had this powerful feeling that told me ‘I’ll be doing this someday.’” Before this trip to Atlanta, Christopher had enrolled in a performing arts summer camp and caught the eye of Russell Joel Brown, an Augusta native who’d been in The Lion King on Broadway and on a national tour. It was Brown who originally encouraged Christopher’s mom to seek out dance lessons for him. Christopher became more serious about dance while attending Augusta’s John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. At 16, he earned a spot at the Georgia Governor’s Honors summer residential program. While there, he learned about Alvin Ailey’s educational outreach and training program. “That’s when I

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saw the path,” he says. “That summer, I saw that it could be real for me. I told myself, ‘I’m going to get there, and I won’t stop until it happens.’” Oh, it happened. Finding the right essence By the time Christopher graduated from Fordham University as a dance major on an Ailey-connected track, he was a company member of Ailey II. Now 23, he’s among the Ailey superheroes visiting the Fox Theatre with a program that honors its namesake founder and its 60-year history. The company performs six times in Atlanta, with each performance featuring one of three programs. All close with Revelations, the rousing gospel ballet that dates to 1960. You may see Christopher as Sinner Man; it’s one of myriad roles he’s learned in recent months. “Sinner Man is a rite of passage,” says Ailey artistic director Robert Battle. “At some point, all of the men do Sinner Man. At some point, they all do each and every part — that just goes with the territory.” 8

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Company dancers perform Rennie Harris’ Lazarus. Debuted for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 60th anniversary, Lazarus was conceived as a tribute to Ailey’s life and spirit.

For Christopher, Ailey’s large and varied repertoire brought about the biggest crash course of his life. “It’s a rush,” he says. He first had to prepare for the company’s traditional New York City holiday season (39 performances in five weeks). The Atlanta performances include pieces danced during that run, including Lazarus, a new full-length ballet from dancer, choreographer and hip-hop artist Rennie Harris, Ronald K. Brown’s The Call and Battle’s Juba, among other pieces. Christopher’s challenge on stage? “You have dancers alongside you who have been there for years and years. You want to look as though you have been doing it for years and years as well.” There’s more to it than the beats, the steps and the counts, Christopher says. “It’s also about finding the right essence of the material so that you’re really rooted in the ballet, just like those who have been doing it forever.” A beautiful mover In any given year, as many as 200 dancers audition for one or two Ailey openings. Christopher’s audition in May was his third. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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Robert Battle’s Juba was the first piece the now artistic director created for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Danced to an original score composed by John Mackey, Juba premiered in 2003.

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News that he’d made the main company spread like wildfire in Augusta, thanks to his mom. He calls her the ‘Queen of Facebook.’ Christopher is aware of the sacrifices she made so that he could pursue his dream. “I think it starts with the sacrifices that she made, taking me back and forth to dance classes, not to mention basketball practice and cello rehearsals.” Battle says Christopher shows “a wonderful facility, a wonderful technique, but something more, too. He has a sincerity about his performance and his work ethic, which means that he will continue to grow as an artist. He’s really a beautiful mover. He has a very natural gift, in that it doesn’t seem forced. He has to dance. It’s very much a part of who he is. I felt that in the audition, which is one of the reasons I hired him.” It seems that Christopher fits in neatly with the celebrated company. In the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, there aren’t singular star performers. It’s more like a constellation of superb and breathtaking dancers. You might call them superheroes.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2019, at 8 PM and

SATURDAY, FEB. 23, 2019, at 8 PM and

SUNDAY, FEB. 24, 2019, at 7:30 PM LAZARUS - ACT I (2018) Choreography by Rennie Harris Rehearsal Director: Nina Flagg Rehearsal Associate: Millie Heckler Music and Sound by Darrin Ross Costumes by Mark Eric Lighting by James Clotfelter THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2019, at 8 PM and SATURDAY, FEB. 23, 2019, at 8 PM Daniel Harder, Jeroboam Bozeman, Jamar Roberts, Samantha Figgins, Sarah Daley-Perdomo, Jacqueline Green, Jacquelin Harris, Vernard J. Gilmore, Michael Francis McBride, Christopher R. Wilson, Belén Pereyra-Alem, Michael Jackson, Jr., Ghrai DeVore, Akua Noni Parker, Megan Jakel SUNDAY, FEB. 24, 2019, at 7:30 PM Samuel Lee Roberts, Solomon Dumas, Clifton Brown, Samantha Figgins, Yazzmeen Laidler, Courtney Celeste Spears, Danica Paulos, Chalvar Monteiro, Michael Francis McBride, Christopher R. Wilson, Khalia Campbell, Jermaine Terry, Constance Stamatiou, Fana Tesfagiorgis, Jessica Amber Pinkett Rennie Harris was born and raised in an African-American community in North Philadelphia. In 1992, he founded Rennie Harris Puremovement, a hip-hop dance theater company dedicated to preserving and disseminating hip-hop culture. Voted one of the most influential people in the last 100 years of Philadelphia history, Mr. Harris has received several accolades, including the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, the Governor’s Arts Award, a United States Artist Fellowship, and an honorary doctorate from Bates College. The Times (of London) wrote of Mr. Harris that he is “the Basquiat of the U.S. contemporary dance scene.” Rennie Harris Puremovement was chosen by DanceMotion USA as one of four companies to serve as citizen diplomats, and toured in Egypt, Israel, Palestinian territories, and Jordan in 2012. Mr. Harris is Ailey’s artist-in-residence for 2018–19. The world premiere of Lazarus is made possible with major support from American Express. Lazarus was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Commissioning support for Lazarus provided by The Auditorium Theatre (Chicago). Lazarus is supported by commissioning funds from Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley. Additional commissioning support for Lazarus provided by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Music for Lazarus commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation. Additional support for the creation of Lazarus is provided by Simin N. Allison, Daria L. & Eric J. Wallach, Tracy Elise Poole, The Ellen Jewett & Richard L. Kauffman New Works Endowment Fund, and The Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey – Sara and Bill Morgan New Works Endowment Fund. “Feeling Good” performed by Nina Simone, written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse. “As Yet Untitled” written and performed by Terence Trent D’Arby, Published by BMG Platinum Songs (BMI) obo BMG VM Music Ltd obo Treehouse Publishing S.r.l., used by permission. All rights reserved. “Black Man In A White World,” performed by Michael Kiwanuka, written by Dean Cover and Michael Kiwanuka, all rights administered by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP). “Glory, Glory” performed by Odetta. Audio of Alvin Ailey from “ESSENCE: The 16

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Television Program” (1984). Spoken text written and adapted by Rennie Harris, performed by Wadud Ahmad, Rennie Harris, and Darrin Ross. Vocals by Alonzo Chadwick, Phinizea Chadwick, Trenelle Doyle, Simone Jordan, Carl Robinson Jr., and Joshua Sommerville.

— INTERMISSION — LAZARUS - ACT II — INTERMISSION — THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2019, at 8 PM

REVELATIONS (1960) Choreography by Alvin Ailey Music by Traditional Décor and Costumes by Ves Harper Costumes for “Rocka My Soul” redesigned by Barbara Forbes Lighting by Nicola Cernovitch PILGRIM OF SORROW The Company

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Daniel Harder, Jessica Amber Pinkett, Fana Tesfagiorgis

Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel Music arranged by James Miller+

Jacqueline Green, Clifton Brown

Fix Me, Jesus

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

TAKE ME TO THE WATER Processional/Honor, Honor Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

Kanji Segawa, Megan Jakel, Christopher R. Wilson, Jeroboam Bozeman

Wade in the Water

Jacquelin Harris, Glenn Allen Sims, Akua Noni Parker

I Wanna Be Ready

Vernard J. Gilmore

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 Music arranged by James Miller+

MOVE, MEMBERS, MOVE Sinner Man

Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

Michael Jackson, Jr., Christopher R. Wilson, Solomon Dumas

The Day Is Past and Gone

The Company

You May Run On

The Company

Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham

The Company

Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers 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 Corp., New York City.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 23, 2019, at 8 PM

REVELATIONS (1960) Choreography by Alvin Ailey Music by Traditional Décor and Costumes by Ves Harper Costumes for “Rocka My Soul” redesigned by Barbara Forbes Lighting by Nicola Cernovitch PILGRIM OF SORROW The Company

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Jeroboam Bozeman, Megan Jakel, Samantha Figgins

Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel Music arranged by James Miller+

Jacqueline Green, Jamar Roberts

Fix Me, Jesus

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

TAKE ME TO THE WATER Processional/Honor, Honor Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

Daniel Harder, Jacquelin Harris, Christopher R. Wilson, Riccardo Battaglia Ghrai DeVore, Glenn Allen Sims, Akua Noni Parker

Wade in the Water

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

Vernard J. Gilmore

I Wanna Be Ready

Music arranged by James Miller+

MOVE, MEMBERS, MOVE Sinner Man Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

Michael Jackson, Jr., Christopher R. Wilson, Kanji Segawa

The Day Is Past and Gone

The Company

You May Run On

The Company

Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham

The Company

Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers 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 Corp., 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.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 24, 2019, at 7:30 PM

REVELATIONS (1960) Choreography by Alvin Ailey Music by Traditional Décor and Costumes by Ves Harper Costumes for “Rocka My Soul” redesigned by Barbara Forbes Lighting by Nicola Cernovitch PILGRIM OF SORROW The Company

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Samuel Lee Roberts, Danica Paulos, Samantha Figgins

Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel Music arranged by James Miller+

Akua Noni Parker, Jermaine Terry

Fix Me, Jesus

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

TAKE ME TO THE WATER Processional/Honor, Honor Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

Kanji Segawa, Jessica Amber Pinkett, Riccardo Battaglia, Christopher R. Wilson Constance Stamatiou, Solomon Dumas, Khalia Campbell

Wade in the Water

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

Clifton Brown

I Wanna Be Ready

Music arranged by James Miller+

MOVE, MEMBERS, MOVE Sinner Man Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

Christopher R. Wilson, Chalvar Monteiro, Michael Francis McBride

The Day Is Past and Gone

The Company

You May Run On

The Company

Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham

The Company

Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers 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 Corp., 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.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2019, at 8 PM and

SATURDAY, FEB. 23, 2019, at 2 PM MEMBERS DON’T GET WEARY (2017)

Choreography by Jamar Roberts Rehearsal Assistant: Marion-Skye Brooke Logan Music by John Coltrane Costumes by Jamar Roberts Lighting and Scenic design by Brandon Stirling Baker “The blues is an impulse to keep the painful details and episodes of a brutal experience alive in one’s aching consciousness, to finger it’s jagged grain, and to transcend it, not by the consolation of philosophy but by squeezing from it a near-tragic, near-comic lyricism. As a form, the blues is an autobiographical chronicle of a personal catastrophe expressed lyrically.” —Ralph Ellison FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2019, at 8 PM and SATURDAY, FEB. 23, 2019, at 2 PM Jeroboam Bozeman, Ghrai DeVore, Solomon Dumas, Jacqueline Green, Michael Jackson, Jr., Samantha Figgins, Chalvar Monteiro, Jacquelin Harris, Danica Paulos, Yannick Lebrun The creation of Members Don’t Get Weary was supported by commissioning funds from New York City Center. Major support for the creation of Members Don’t Get Weary was provided by Denise Littlefield Sobel and Michele & Timothy Barakett. Additional support for the creation of Members Don’t Get Weary was provided by Simin N. Allison, Patricia S. Brim, Addie & Tom Jones, Judith McDonough Kaminski & Joseph Kaminski, Daria L. & Eric J. Wallach, Vera F. Wells, The Ellen Jewett & Richard L. Kauffman New Works Endowment Fund, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey - Sara & Bill Morgan New Works Endowment Fund and The Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn & Nicolas Rohatyn New Works Endowment Fund. “Dear Lord” and “Olé” written by John Coltrane. Published by Jowcol Music. Used with permission.

— INTERMISSION — THE CALL (2018) Choreography by Ronald K. Brown Associate Choreographer: Arcell Cabuag Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Mary Lou Williams, Asase Yaa Entertainment Group Costumes by Keiko Voltaire Lighting by Tsubasa Kamei FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2019, at 8 PM Jacqueline Green, Glenn Allen Sims, Fana Tesfagiorgis, Danica Paulos, Yannick Lebrun SATURDAY, FEB. 23, 2019, at 2 PM Danica Paulos, Vernard J. Gilmore, Akua Noni Parker, Jacquelin Harris, Daniel Harder Ronald K. Brown founded Evidence, A Dance Company in 1985. He has worked with Mary Anthony Dance Theater and Jennifer Muller/The Works and has set works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Philadanco, Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, Ballet Hispánico, and MalPaso. Mr. Brown is the recipient of two 20

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Black Theater Alliance Awards, a Fred and Adele Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography on Broadway for the Tony Award–winning The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and an AUDELCO Award for his choreography for Regina Taylor’s Crowns. Mr. Brown has also received the Dance Magazine Award, Doris Duke Artist Award, John Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, United States Artists Rose Fellowship, The Ailey School Apex Award for teaching, and a Def Dance Jam Mentor of the Year Award. The creation of The Call is supported by Simin N. Allison, Judith McDonough Kaminski and Joseph Kaminski, Denise Littlefield Sobel, McGue Millhiser Trust, and The Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn & Nicolas Rohatyn New Works Endowment Fund. Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, and Yo-Yo Ma. Used by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner; Blues for Timme (Live) from the Mary Lou Williams Trio’s album “Live at Nice ‘Grand Parade Jazz,’” music used for choreography by permission of Cecilia Music Publishing Company; and The Love, written and produced by Yao Ababio and Kofi Osei Williams, all publishing and recording rights reserved and owned by Asase Yaa Entertainment Group, LLC. Copyright © 2014

— PAUSE — JUBA (2003) Choreography by Robert Battle Assistants to the Choreographer: Elisa Clark Original Score Composed by John Mackey Costumes by Mia McSwain Lighting by Burke Wilmore FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2019, at 8 PM Jacquelin Harris, Samuel Lee Roberts, Solomon Dumas, Jeroboam Bozeman SATURDAY, FEB. 23, 2019, at 2 PM Belén Pereyra-Alem, Jermaine Terry, Kanji Segawa, Michael Francis McBride This new production of Juba is made possible with major support from Michele & Timothy Barakett. Generous support is also provided by The Fred Eychaner New Works Endowment Fund. The commissioning of this work was originally made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council for the Arts, a State agency. “Juba” Original composition by John Mackey.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Robert Battle's Juba. Photo by Nan Melville.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2019, at 8 PM

REVELATIONS (1960) Choreography by Alvin Ailey Music by Traditional Décor and Costumes by Ves Harper Costumes for “Rocka My Soul” redesigned by Barbara Forbes Lighting by Nicola Cernovitch PILGRIM OF SORROW The Company

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Michael Jackson, Jr., Belén Pereyra-Alem, Khalia Campbell

Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel Music arranged by James Miller+

Ghrai DeVore, Glenn Allen Sims

Fix Me, Jesus

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

TAKE ME TO THE WATER Solomon Dumas, Jessica Amber Pinkett, Riccardo Battaglia, Christopher R. Wilson

Processional/Honor, Honor Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

Constance Stamatiou, Vernard J. Gilmore, Fana Tesfagiorgis

Wade in the Water

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

Clifton Brown

I Wanna Be Ready

Music arranged by James Miller+

MOVE, MEMBERS, MOVE Sinner Man Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

Chalvar Monteiro, Christopher R. Wilson, Michael Francis McBride

The Day Is Past and Gone

The Company

You May Run On

The Company

Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham

The Company

Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers 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 Corp., 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.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 23, 2019, at 2 PM

REVELATIONS (1960) Choreography by Alvin Ailey Music by Traditional Décor and Costumes by Ves Harper Costumes for “Rocka My Soul” redesigned by Barbara Forbes Lighting by Nicola Cernovitch PILGRIM OF SORROW The Company

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Samuel Lee Roberts, Ghrai DeVore, Fana Tesfagiorgis

Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel Music arranged by James Miller+

Megan Jakel, Jermaine Terry

Fix Me, Jesus

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

TAKE ME TO THE WATER Kanji Segawa, Jessica Amber Pinkett, Riccardo Battaglia, Christopher R. Wilson

Processional/Honor, Honor Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

Constance Stamatiou, Vernard J. Gilmore, Jacqueline Green

Wade in the Water

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

Michael Francis McBride

I Wanna Be Ready

Music arranged by James Miller+

MOVE, MEMBERS, MOVE Sinner Man Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

Chalvar Monteiro, Christopher R. Wilson, Solomon Dumas

The Day Is Past and Gone

The Company

You May Run On

The Company

Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham

The Company

Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers 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 Corp., New York City.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 24, 2019, at 3 PM TIMELESS AILEY

Choreography by Alvin Ailey Restaged by Masazumi Chaya

ACT I Excerpt from BLUES SUITE (1958) Music by Brother John Sellers Costumes by Ves Harper, redesigned by Normand Maxon Lighting by Chenault Spence

Excerpt from HIDDEN RITES (1973) Music by Patrice Sciortino Costumes by Bea Feitler Lighting by Chenault Spence

“Good Morning Blues”.............The Company

“Of Love”.........................Belén Pereyra-Alem, Vernard J. Gilmore

Excerpt from STREAMS (1970) Music by Miloslav Kabelac Costumes by A. Christina Giannini Lighting by Chenault Spence

Excerpt from NIGHT CREATURE (1974) Music by Duke Ellington Costumes by Jane Greenwood Lighting by Chenault Spence

“Scherzo”....................Christopher R. Wilson, Yannick Lebrun

Movement II Sarah Daley-Perdomo, Glenn Allen Sims, Khalia Campbell, Courtney Celeste Spears, Jessica Amber Pinkett, Megan Jakel, Danica Paulos, Yazzmeen Laidler, Christopher R. Wilson, Solomon Dumas, Riccardo Battaglia, Kanji Segawa, Chalvar Monteiro, Jermaine Terry

Excerpt from MARY LOU’S MASS (1971) Music by Mary Lou Williams Costumes by A. Christina Giannini Lighting by Chenault Spence “Our Father”.................Sarah Daley-Perdomo Excerpt from THE LARK ASCENDING (1972) Music by Ralph Vaughn Williams Costumes by Bea Feitler Lighting by Chenault Spence

Excerpt from CRY (1971) Music by Chuck Griffin and The Voices of East Harlem Costumes by A. Christina Giannini Lighting by Chenault Spence

Jacquelin Harris, Clifton Brown

Ghrai DeVore

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ACT II Excerpt from PHASES (1980) Music by L. Mizell, performed by Donald Byrd Costumes by A. Christina Giannini Lighting by Chenault Spence

Excerpt from FOR “BIRD”–WITH LOVE (1984) Music by Dizzy Gillespie Costumes & Set by Randy Barcelo Lighting by Timothy Hunter

Jacquelin Harris, Yannick Lebrun, Daniel Harder, Fana Tesfagiorgis, Belén Pereyra-Alem, Michael Francis McBride, Danica Paulos, Megan Jakel

“A Night in Tunisia”..................The Company

Excerpts from OPUS MCSHANN (1988) Music by Jay McShann and Walter Brown performed by Jay McShann Costumes by Randy Barcelo Lighting by Timothy Hunter “Gee Baby”.…...............Constance Stamatiou, Clifton Brown “Doo Wah Doo”.....................Glenn Allen Sims, Christopher R. Wilson Excerpt from PAS DE DUKE (1976) Music by Duke Ellington Costumes by Rouben Ter-Arutunian Lighting by Chenault Spence Jacqueline Green

Excerpt from LOVE SONGS (1972) Music by Leon Russell and Donny Hathaway Costumes by Ursula Reed Lighting by Shirley Prendergast “A Song For You”................Clifton Brown Excerpt from MEMORIA (1979) Music by Keith Jarrett Costumes by A. Christina Giannini Lighting by Chenault Spence Sarah Daley-Perdomo, Jermaine Terry, Michael Jackson, Jr., Akua Noni Parker, Glenn Allen Sims, Megan Jakel, Vernard J. Gilmore, Belén Pereyra-Alem, Michael Francis McBride, Solomon Dumas, Christopher R. Wilson, Riccardo Battaglia, Khalia Campbell, Courtney Celeste Spears, Jessica Amber Pinkett

“Good Morning Blues,” performed by Brother John Sellers. “Eight Inventions,” Opus 45, used by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner. “Mary Lou’s Mass” is used by arrangement with Modern Works Music Publishing. “The Lark Ascending” Romance for Violin and Orchestra performed by Ralph Vaughn Williams. Music Courtesy of Patrice Sciortino from the recording Les Cyclopes – Editions Transatlantiques. “Night Creature” is used by arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc., publisher and copyright owner. “Right On, Be Free,” written by Chuck Griffin, performed by The Voices of Eastern Harlem. Used by permission of the publisher, Really Together Music. “Flight Time” is used courtesy of Al Ruby Music, Inc. and Almo Music Corp. “Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You,” written by Andy Razaf and Don Redman. Published by Universal Music Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP) and BMG Music Rights Management US LLC (ASCAP). All rights reserved. “Doo Wah Doo,” performed by Jay McShann, composed by Jay McShann and Walter Brown. “The Clothed Woman” is used by arrangement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. A Night in Tunisia, performed by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Jerome Kern. Original music composed, assembled and conducted by Coleridge Taylor Perkinson. “A Song For You,” performed by Donny Hathaway. Words and Music by Leon Russell. © Irving Music, Inc. (BMI). “Solara March” from the album Arbour Zena, courtesy of ECM Records.

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REVELATIONS (1960) Choreography by Alvin Ailey Music by Traditional Décor and Costumes by Ves Harper Costumes for “Rocka My Soul” redesigned by Barbara Forbes Lighting by Nicola Cernovitch PILGRIM OF SORROW The Company

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Kanji Segawa, Megan Jakel, Courtney Celeste Spears

Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel Music arranged by James Miller+

Constance Stamatiou, Michael Jackson, Jr.

Fix Me, Jesus

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

TAKE ME TO THE WATER Processional/Honor, Honor Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

Daniel Harder, Samantha Figgins, Riccardo Battaglia, Christopher R. Wilson Belén Pereyra-Alem, Vernard J. Gilmore, Jacqueline Green

Wade in the Water

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

Clifton Brown

I Wanna Be Ready

Music arranged by James Miller+

MOVE, MEMBERS, MOVE Sinner Man Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

Jermaine Terry, Christopher R. Wilson, Samuel Lee Roberts

The Day Is Past and Gone

The Company

You May Run On

The Company

Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham

The Company

Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers Music arranged by Howard A. Roberts and Brother John Sellers Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts

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ABOUT THE COMPANY: 60 YEARS AILEY ASCENDING

When Alvin Ailey and a small group of African-American dancers took the stage on March 30, 1958 at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, the engagement was for one night only, but it turned out to be the start of a new era in the arts. Mr. Ailey envisioned a company dedicated to enriching the American modern dance heritage and preserving the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience. He became one of the trailblazers of modern dance, and the work of his Company grew to encompass education, community outreach, and cultural diplomacy. To date, the Company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents – as well as millions more through television, film, and online. More than 235 works by over 90 choreographers have been part of the Ailey repertory. In 2008, a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the Company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world.” Before his untimely death in 1989, Mr. Ailey named Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years, she brought the Company to unprecedented success. Ms. Jamison, in turn, personally selected Robert Battle to succeed her in 2011, and The New York Times declared he “has injected the company with new life.” 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.

ALVIN AILEY FOUNDER Alvin Ailey was born on Jan. 5, 1931, in Rogers, Texas. His experiences of life in the rural South would later inspire some of his most memorable works. He was introduced to dance in Los Angeles by performances of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, and his formal dance training began with an introduction to Lester Horton’s classes by his friend Carmen de Lavallade. Horton, the founder of one of the first racially-integrated dance companies in the United States, became a mentor for Mr. Ailey as he embarked on his professional career. After Horton’s death in 1953, Mr. Ailey became director of the Lester Horton Dance Theater and began to choreograph his own works. In the 1950s and 60s, Mr. Ailey performed in four Broadway shows, including House of Flowers and Jamaica. In 1958, he founded Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to carry out his vision of a company dedicated to enriching the American modern dance heritage and preserving the uniqueness of the AfricanAmerican cultural experience. He established the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center (now The Ailey School) in 1969 and formed the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble (now Ailey II) in 1974. Mr. Ailey was a pioneer of programs promoting arts in education, particularly those benefiting underserved communities. Throughout his lifetime he was awarded numerous distinctions, including the Kennedy Center Honor in 1988 in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to American culture. In 2014, he posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, in recognition of 28

his contributions and commitment to civil rights and dance in America. When Mr. Ailey died on December 1, 1989, The New York Times said of him, “you didn’t need to have known [him] personally to have been touched by his humanity, enthusiasm, and exuberance and his courageous stand for multi-racial brotherhood.”

ROBERT BATTLE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Robert Battle became artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in July 2011 after being personally selected by Judith Jamison, making him only the third person to head the Company since it was founded in 1958. Mr. Battle has a longstanding association with the Ailey organization. A frequent choreographer and artist-in-residence at Ailey since 1999, he has set many of his works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II, and at The Ailey School. The Company’s current repertory includes his ballets Ella, In/Side, Mass, No Longer Silent, and Juba. In addition to expanding the Ailey repertory with works by artists as diverse as Ronald K. Brown, Rennie Harris, Jessica Lang, and Wayne McGregor, Mr. Battle has also instituted the New Directions Choreography Lab to help develop the next generation of choreographers. 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 Lewis and Gerri Houlihan, and finally to the dance program at The Juilliard School, under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy, where he met

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his mentor, Carolyn Adams. He danced with The Parsons Dance Company from 1994 to 2001, and also set his choreography on that company starting in 1998. Mr. Battle then founded his own Battleworks Dance Company, which made its debut in 2002 in Düsseldorf, Germany, as the U.S. representative to the World Dance Alliance’s Global Assembly. Battleworks subsequently performed extensively at venues, including The Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, American Dance Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. 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 Foundation-USA in 2007. He has honorary doctorates from The University of the Arts and Marymount Manhattan College. Mr. Battle was named a 2015 visiting fellow for The Art of Change, an initiative by the Ford Foundation. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and has addressed a number of high-profile organizations, including the United Nations Leaders Programme and the UNICEF Senior Leadership Development Programme.

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. 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. Mr. Chaya has restaged numerous ballets by Alvin Ailey, including Flowers for the State Ballet of Missouri (1990) and The River for the Royal Swedish Ballet (1993), Ballet Florida (1995), National Ballet of Prague (1995), Pennsylvania Ballet (1996) and Colorado Ballet (1998). He has also restaged The Mooche, Stack-Up, Episodes, Bad Blood, Hidden Rites and Witness for the Company. At the beginning of his tenure, Mr. Chaya restaged Ailey’s For ‘Bird’ - With Love for a Dance in America program entitled 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 2002 30

Mr. Chaya coordinated the Company’s appearance at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, broadcast on NBC. In 2003 he restaged The River for North Carolina Dance Theatre and for Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentina. Most recently Mr. Chaya restaged Bad Blood, Blues Suite, Love Songs, Masekela Langage, Pas de Duke and Vespers 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.

JUDITH JAMISON ARTISTIC DIRECTOR EMERITA Judith Jamison joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1965 and quickly became an international star. Over the next 15 years, Mr. Ailey created some of his most enduring roles for her, most notably the tour-de-force solo Cry. During the 1970s and 80s she appeared as a guest artist with ballet companies all over the world, starred in the hit Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies, and formed her own company, The Jamison Project. She returned to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1989 when Mr. Ailey asked her to succeed him as artistic director. In the 21 years that followed, she brought the Company to unprecedented heights — including two historic engagements in South Africa and a 50-city global tour to celebrate the Company’s 50th anniversary. Ms. Jamison is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, among them a prime-time Emmy Award, an American Choreography Award, a Kennedy Center Honor, a National Medal of Arts, a Bessie Award, the Phoenix Award and the Handel Medallion. She was also listed in “The TIME 100: The World’s Most Influential People” and honored by First Lady Michelle Obama at the first White House Dance Series event. In 2015 she became the 50th inductee into the Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Dance. In 2016 she received the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards. As a highly regarded choreographer, Ms. Jamison has created many celebrated works, including Divining (1984), Forgotten Time (1989), Hymn (1993), HERE... NOW. (commissioned for the 2002 Cultural Olympiad), Love Stories (with additional choreography by Robert Battle and Rennie Harris, 2004) and Among Us (Private Spaces: Public Places, 2009). Ms. Jamison’s autobiography, Dancing Spirit, was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and published in 1993. In 2004, under Ms. Jamison’s artistic directorship, her idea of a permanent home for the Ailey company was realized and named

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after beloved chairman emerita Joan Weill. Ms. Jamison continues to dedicate herself to asserting the prominence of the arts in our culture and she remains committed to promoting the significance of the Ailey legacy — using dance as a medium for honoring the past, celebrating the present, and fearlessly reaching into the future.

BENNETT RINK EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Bennett Rink became executive director of Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation in 2013. Mr. Rink first joined Ailey as manager of special events in 1994, became development director in 1998, and then worked as senior director of development and external affairs from 2007 to 2012. In his tenure overseeing Ailey’s development, Mr. Rink led a $75 million capital campaign supporting Ailey’s first permanent home, The Joan Weill Center for Dance which opened in 2005, and established an endowment to support major program areas. When the Company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008, Mr. Rink supervised an 18-month celebration, including events, promotions, collaborations, and special performances, bringing public awareness of the Ailey organization to new heights. Mr. Rink also oversaw “The Next Step Campaign,” which grew the organization’s endowment to $50 million. As Executive Director, Mr. Rink launched a five-year strategic plan in 2014 to realize Robert Battle’s creative vision, expand Ailey’s educational offerings, and enhance technology to extend the reach of the organization. Central to the plan has been the expansion of The Joan Weill Center for Dance, which attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year. In the fall of 2017, Ailey unveiled the Center’s Elaine Wynn and Family Education Wing, providing much-needed additional studios and classroom space to meet the growing demand for Ailey’s programs. The building now comprises 87,000 square feet and is the largest destination for dance in New York City. Mr. Rink also conceived The Campaign for Ailey’s Future, a $50 million initiative to support the Center’s expansion and the ongoing implementation of other long-range strategic priorities. During Mr. Rink’s tenure, the Company deepened its presence in New York City by establishing a spring season at Lincoln Center to complement its New York City Center winter season, while also extending its role as America’s “Cultural Ambassador to the World” with tours to Africa, Europe, and South America. In order to reach audiences beyond live performances, the Company has broadened its commitment to creating film and digital content, including its

first-ever theatrical movie release as part of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance. Mr. Rink is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds a B.F.A. in theater.

MATTHEW RUSHING REHEARSAL DIRECTOR AND GUEST ARTIST Matthew Rushing was born in Los Angeles, California. He began his dance training with Kashmir Blake in Inglewood, California, and later continued his training at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He is the recipient of a Spotlight Award and a Dance Magazine Award and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He was a scholarship student at The Ailey School and later became a member of Ailey II. During his career Mr. Rushing performed as a guest artist for galas in Vail, Colo., as well as in Austria, Canada, France, Italy and Russia. He has performed for Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as at the 2010 White House Dance Series. During his time with the Company, he has choreographed three ballets: Acceptance in Surrender (2005), a collaboration with Hope Boykin and Abdur-Rahim Jackson; Uptown (2009), a tribute to the Harlem Renaissance; and ODETTA (2014), a celebration of “the queen of American folk music.” In 2012 he created Moan, which was set on Philadanco and premiered at The Joyce Theater. Mr. Rushing joined the Company in 1992 and became rehearsal director in June 2010.

WHO'S WHO IN THE COMPANY RICCARDO BATTAGLIA (Pescara, Italy) began dancing at the age of eight at Scuola D’Arte New Step in his hometown. He is a three-time winner of the “Expressions” competition held in Florence as part of the Danzainfiera event and won the Tip Tap Show competition in Rome. At 19 Mr. Battaglia moved to the United States and trained at The Ailey School as a scholarship student. He has worked with choreographers including Danielle Agami, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Kevin O’Day, Jennifer Archibald, Kate Skarpetowska, Manuel Vignoulle, and Ryan He ngton. Mr. Battaglia has been a member of Elisa Monte Dance, Ailey II, and Visceral Dance Chicago and performed with Lydia Johnson Dance, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, CelloPointe, and Jennifer Muller The Works. He has danced in the 2015 #ENDHIV New York Gala, Moncler’s 2016 NY Fashion Week, and Kenzox H&M Fashion Show and was featured in commercials for Quaker Oatmeal and Swarovski. Mr. Battaglia was on faculty at the Ailey Extension

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in New York, the Joffrey Ballet School in Chicago, with Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance and Lar and has taught in several dance studios around the Lubovitch Dance Company, and was a founding United States and Italy. member and rehearsal director for Jessica Lang Dance. He was nominated in the U.K. for a Critics HOPE BOYKIN (Durham, N.C.) is a three- Circle National Dance Award for Best Male Dancer time recipient of the American Dance Festival’s and received a Black Theater Arts Award as well as a Young Tuition Scholarship. She attended New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie). Howard University and, while in Washington, As a guest artist Mr. Brown has performed with D.C., performed with Lloyd Whitmore’s New Miami City Ballet, Rome Opera Ballet, Nevada World Dance Company. Ms. Boykin was a Ballet, and Parsons Dance Company. He has set student and intern at The Ailey School. She was the work of Alvin Ailey, Earl Mosley, and Jessica assistant to the late Talley Beatty and an original Lang on various companies around the world. member of Complexions. Ms. Boykin was a Television appearances as a guest artist include So member of Philadanco and received a New York You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Dance and Performance Award (Bessie). She has Stars. He has had the privilege of performing at the choreographed three works for the Company: White House for President Obama. Mr. Brown Acceptance In Surrender (2005), in collaboration rejoined the Company in 2017. with fellow Ailey company members AbdurRahim Jackson and Matthew Rushing; Go in Grace KHALIA CAMPBELL (Bronx, N.Y.) is a (2008), for the Company’s 50th anniversary season graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School with music by the award-winning singing group of Music & Art and Performing Arts. She began Sweet Honey in the Rock; and r-Evolution, Dream. her formal dance training at Uptown Dance (2016), inspired by the speeches and sermons of Academy. Ms. Campbell also studied at Dance Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with original music by Theatre of Harlem and as a scholarship student Ali Jackson. Most recently, Ms. Boykin was selected at The Ailey School. In 2012 Ms. Campbell was as a 2018–19 Urban Bush Women Choreographic a part of the international tour of the musical Center Fellowship Candidate. Find Ms. Boykin on Aida. She has performed with Kymera Dance, Twitter and Instagram at hbdance and Facebook Dance Iquail, and in the 40th anniversary of The as HopeBoykinDance. Ms. Boykin joined the Wiz at Summerstage. Ms. Campbell also danced Company in 2000. as a guest artist with Richard Siegal’s Ballet of Difference in Munich, Germany. In 2016 she JEROBOAM BOZEMAN (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was featured in the Christian Dior commercial began his dance training under Ruth Sistaire at the for the fragrance Poison. She was a member of Ronald Edmonds Learning Center. He later joined Ailey II and joined the Company in 2018. Creative Outlet, and was granted full scholarships at the Joffrey Ballet School and Dance Theatre of SARAH DALEY-PERDOMO (South Elgin, IL) Harlem. Mr. Bozeman is a gold-medal recipient of began her training at the Faubourg School of the NAACP ACT-SO Competition in Dance. He Ballet in Illinois under the direction of Watmora performed in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Broadway Casey and Tatyana Mazur. She is a 2009 graduate musical Aida (international tour in China) and of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. was a part of Philadanco, Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Mrs. Daley-Perdomo trained at institutions such Dance Theater, and Ailey II. During the fall of as the Kirov Academy, National Ballet School 2016 Mr. Bozeman performed as a guest artist with of Canada, The San Francisco Conservatory of The Royal Ballet, and Dance Magazine nominated Dance, and intensives at Ballet Camp Illinois him as one of “25 to Watch” in 2018. Mr. Bozeman and Ballet Adriatico in Italy. She is a recipient recently received a bachelor’s degree in psychology of a Youth America Grand Prix Award and an concentrating in industrial organization from ARTS Foundation Award. She was a member of Argosy University. Mr. Bozeman joined the Ailey II and joined the Company in 2011. Company in 2013. Instagram: @Jeroboamb. GHRAI DeVORE (Washington, D.C.) began CLIFTON BROWN (Goodyear, Ariz.) began her formal dance training at the Chicago Multihis dance training at Take 5 Dance Academy and Cultural Dance Center and was a scholarship continued in the first class of the Ailey/Fordham student at The Ailey School. She has completed BFA Program in Dance. Mr. Brown began his summer programs at the Kirov Academy, Ballet professional career when he joined the Ailey Chicago, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, American company in 1999 and served as choreographic Ballet Theatre, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. assistant to Judith Jamison. He has also danced Ms. DeVore was a member of Deeply Rooted 32

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Dance Theater, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater 2, Hubbard Street 2, Dance Works Chicago, and Ailey II. She has received the Danish Queen Ingrid Scholarship of Honor and the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship, and she was a 2010 nominee for the first annual Clive Barnes Award. Ms. DeVore joined the Company in 2010.

Fire Island Dance Festival 2008, Jazz Foundation of America Gala 2010, and he produced the Dance Of Light project in 2010 and 2015. An excerpt of Mr. Gilmore’s work La Muette was performed in 2017 as part of the “Celebrating the Men of Ailey” program. Nimbus Dance Works performed a new work by Mr. Gilmore in 2018. Mr. Gilmore is a certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre instructor. He SOLOMON DUMAS (Chicago) was introduced teaches workshops and master classes around the to dance through AileyCamp. He later began world. Mr. Gilmore joined the Company in 1997. his formal training at The Chicago Academy for the Arts and the Russell Talbert Dance Studio, JACQUELINE GREEN (Baltimore) began her where he received his most influential training. dance training at the age of 13 at the prestigious Mr. Dumas studied at New World School of the Baltimore School for the Arts. She is a 2011 Arts and was a fellowship Level 1 student at The cum laude graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Ailey School. He has performed with companies Program under the direction of Denise Jefferson. including Garth Fagan Dance; Ronald K. Brown/ During that time she also received training at the Evidence, A Dance Company; and Labyrinth Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, the Chautauqua Dance Theater and was a member of Ailey II. Mr. Institution for Dance, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Dumas joined the Company in 2016. Festival. In her career she has performed works by a wide range of choreographers, including Wayne SAMANTHA FIGGINS (Washington, D.C.) McGregor, Jiří Kylián, Elisa Monte, Ronald K. began dancing at Duke Ellington School of the Brown, and Kyle Abraham. In 2016 she performed Arts under the tutelage of Charles Auggins and as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet. Ms. Green is Sandra Fortune-Greene and attended summer a 2018 Bessie nominee for sustained achievement intensives at Dance Theatre of Harlem under the with the Company, a 2014 Dance Fellowship direction of Arthur Mitchell. She continued her recipient of the Princess Grace Foundationeducation at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of USA, a 2015 Clive Barnes Award nominee, a Dance. There she performed works by George 2009 recipient of the Martha Hill Fund’s Young Balanchine, Bill T. Jones, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Professional Award, and a 2010 recipient of the Tharp. Upon graduating cum laude, Ms. Figgins Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship. In 2018 she became a member of Complexions Contemporary performed on BET’s Black Girls Rock honoring Ballet, performing works by Dwight Rhoden, Judith Jamison. She was a member of Ailey II in Jae Man Joo, and Camille A. Brown. She also 2010 and joined the Company in 2011. performed at the 2014 DanceOpen Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ms. Figgins was featured DANIEL HARDER (Bowie, Md.) began dancing both on the cover of Dance Spirit magazine and in at Suitland High School’s Center for the Visual Pointe magazine’s “10 Careers to Watch” in 2013. and Performing Arts in Maryland. He is a She has worked with Beyoncé and can be seen graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in in the film Enemy Within alongside Tiler Peck Dance where he was awarded the Jerome Robbins/ and Matthew Rushing. Ms. Figgins joined the Layton Foundation Scholarship and participated Company in 2014. in the Holland Dance Festival with the School and as a member of the Francesca Harper Project. Mr. VERNARD J. GILMORE (Chicago) began his Harder has worked with and performed works training at Curie Performing and Creative Arts by Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Donald High School in Chicago under Diane Holda. McKayle, Debbie Allen, and Christopher L. He later studied at the Joseph Holmes Chicago Huggins. After dancing in the European tour of Dance Theater with Harriet Ross, Marquita Levy, West Side Story, Mr. Harder became a member of and Emily Stein. He received first place in the all- Ailey II. He joined the Company in 2010. city NAACP ACT-SO competition in 1993. He attended Barat College under scholarship and JACQUELIN HARRIS (Charlotte, N.C.) began tutelage of Rory Foster and Eileen Cropley. He her dance training at Dance Productions Studios then studied as a scholarship student at The Ailey under the direction of Lori Long. Ms. Harris School and was a member of Ailey II. In 2010 received a silver ARTS award from the National he performed as part of the White House Dance Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts and Series. Mr. Gilmore is a choreographer whose work was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts semifinalist. has been a part of the Ailey Dancers Resource Fund, She has studied at Joffrey Ballet School and Jacob’s ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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Pillow Dance Festival. She graduated with honors from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. In 2016 Ms. Harris was named one of the “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine. Most recently she received a 2017 dance fellowship from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. She was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2014. MICHAEL JACKSON JR. (New Orleans) began his dance training at age 14 at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Charles Augins. He became a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem Dancing through Barriers Ensemble in 2005. In 2006 he joined Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and in 2008 joined Philadanco, where he also worked as artistic director of D3. Mr. Jackson joined the Company in 2011 and rejoined in 2015. MEGAN JAKEL (Waterford, Mich.) 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 2007 from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. She was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2009. YAZZMEEN LAIDLER (Miami, FL) graduated from New World School of the Arts. She trained at Mrs. Traci Young-Bryon’s Young Contemporary Dance Theatre and The Ailey School summer intensive. Ms. Laidler received her B.F.A. from University of the Arts and was a company member of Eleone Dance Theatre. Ms. Laidler is the 2016 award-winning Pennsylvania Choreographer, setting work for Pennsylvania Ballet II. She has performed works by Jae Man Joo, Dwight Rhoden, Tommie Waheed-Evans, Doug Varone, Juel D. Lane, and Darrell Moultrie, to name a few choreographers. She has performed as a guest artist with Owen/Cox Dance and is a former company member of Ailey II. She is thrilled to be joining the company this season. 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 scholarship student. Mr. Lebrun has performed works by choreographers Troy Powell, Debbie Allen, Scott Rink, Thaddeus Davis, Nilas Martins, Dwight Rhoden, and Francesca Harper. He was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2011, and, in 2013, France-Amérique magazine highlighted 34

him as one of the 50 most talented French in the United States. In November 2016 Mr. Lebrun was a guest performer with The Royal Ballet in Wayne McGregor’s Chroma. Mr. Lebrun was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2008. MICHAEL FRANCIS McBRIDE (Johnson City, N.Y.) began his training at the Danek School of Performing Arts and later trained at Amber Perkins School of the Arts in Norwich, New York. Mr. McBride attended Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts for two consecutive summers and was also assistant to Mr. Mosley when he set the piece Saddle UP! on the Company in 2007. In January 2012 Mr. McBride performed and taught as a guest artist with the JUNTOS Collective in Guatemala. Mr. McBride graduated magna cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance in 2010. Follow him on Instagram at mickey.mc. Mr. McBride joined the Company in 2009. RACHAEL McLAREN (Winnipeg, Manitoba) began her dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and continued at the Ailey School in New York under the direction of Denise Jefferson. She has been a guest artist with Armitage Gone! Dance and the Francesca Harper Project. Ms. McLaren was most recently a guest artist with Royal Ballet of London for Wayne McGregor’s tenth anniversary season in a production of Chroma. Her theater credits include ensemble/understudy for the role of Ali in the Toronto production of Mamma Mia! (Royal Alexandra Theater/Mirvish Productions). Ms. McLaren was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2008. She is currently on maternity leave, eagerly anticipating the birth of her daughter, affectionately known by the company as “sweet pea.” CHALVAR MONTEIRO (Montclair, N.J.) began his formal dance training at Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts and went on to study at The Ailey School. He received his B.F.A. in dance from SUNY Purchase, where he performed works by Merce Cunningham, Helen Pickett, Doug Varone, Dianne McIntyre, Kevin Wynn, and Paul Taylor. Since graduating Mr. Monteiro has worked with Sidra Bell Dance New York, Elisa Monte Dance, Keigwin + Company, BODYTRAFFIC, and most extensively with Abraham.In.Motion. He has assisted Kyle Abraham in setting and creating work for Barnard College, Princeton University, Emory University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Wendy Whelan’s Restless Creature. Mr. Monteiro was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2015.

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AKUA NONI PARKER (Kinston, N.C.) began professional dance training at the Academy of the Dance in Wilmington, Delaware. After graduating high school she joined Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she performed principal roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, Serenade, and The Four Temperaments, as well as the title role in Michael Smuin’s St. Louis Woman. Ms. Parker was also a company member with the Cincinnati Ballet and Ballet San Jose, and had the honor of being the first African-American ballerina to dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in Ballet San Jose’s The Nutcracker. Since joining the Company in 2008, Ms. Parker has performed featured roles in Mr. Ailey’s Blues Suite, Night Creature, Masekela Langage, The River, and Cry. She has also performed featured roles in Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, and the title role in Geoffrey Holder’s Prodigal Prince. To see Ms. Parker’s outside projects and interests, follow her on Instagram at onlyupward. DANICA PAULOS (Huntington Beach, Calif.) began dance training at Orange County Dance Center and continued studying at world renowned institutions such as The Juilliard School, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Kirov Academy of Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Yuri Grigoriev School of Ballet, and The School at Jacob’s Pillow. Ms. Paulos graduated from the Professional Performing Arts School in New York, where she trained at The Ailey School as a scholarship student. Ms. Paulos is a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Level 1 YoungArts finalist award winner. In addition to originating several roles and being featured in the Company’s repertory, Ms. Paulos is also very passionate about her role as photographer for the Company’s Instagram account, sharing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of an Ailey dancer. She has modeled and been featured in Elle Magazine, Double Magazine, Refinery29, and graced the cover of Dance Magazine, where she was named “25 to Watch” in 2015. She was a member of Ailey II prior to joining the Company in 2014.

Dance from the Heart and The Fire Island Dance Festival. Mrs. Pereyra-Alem was an apprentice for Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, and has performed with Lula Washington Dance Theater, Nathan Trice, and Roger C. Jeffrey. She assisted Matthew Rushing with his ballet Uptown for the Ailey company in 2009. Mrs. PereyraAlem joined the Company in 2011. JESSICA AMBER PINKETT (Baltimore) began her dance training at Baltimore Dance Tech under the direction of Stephanie Powell. Ms. Pinkett is a proud graduate from George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. She is a bronze medal recipient from the NAACP ACTSO competition in Dance. Ms. Pinkett has worked with choreographers including LindaDenise Fisher-Harrell, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Ray Mercer, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and others. She has performed as a guest artist with The Black Iris Project and was a member of Ailey II. From Towson University, she graduated with honors and earned a B.F.A. in dance performance and choreography. She concluded her second season with Ailey II in 2018 and began touring with Jussie Smollett, under the creative direction of Frank Gatson. Ms. Pinkett joined the company in fall of 2018. Instagram: @jessica.a.pinkett

JAMAR ROBERTS (Miami) graduated from the New World School of the Arts. He trained at the Dance Empire of Miami, where he continues to teach, and as a fellowship student at The Ailey School. Mr. Roberts was a member of Ailey II and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Dance Magazine featured Mr. Roberts as one of “25 to Watch” in 2007 and on the cover in 2013. He performed at The White House in 2010, and as a guest star on So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, and The Ellen Degeneres Show. In 2015 he made his Ailey II choreographic debut with his work Gêmeos, set to the music of Afrobeat star Fela Kuti. His first work for the Company, Members Don’t Get Weary, premiered in 2017. Mr. Roberts won Outstanding Performer at the prestigious New York Dance and Performance BELÉN PEREYRA-ALEM (Lawrence, Mass.) “Bessie” Awards and was a guest star with London’s began her formal dance training at the Boston Arts Royal Ballet. He first joined the Company in 2002. Academy, where she graduated as valedictorian. She was also a member of NIA Dance Troupe, SAMUEL LEE ROBERTS (Quakertown, Penn.) at Origination Cultural Arts Center in Boston. began his dance training under the direction of Upon moving to New York City, Mrs. Pereyra- Kathleen Johnston and attended The Juilliard Alem was closely mentored by Earl Mosley and School. He performed in the first international danced with Camille A. Brown & Dancers for show of Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular in three years, during which time she performed at Mexico City and danced with the New York cast The Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, from 1999–2004. Mr. Roberts performed during and Dancers Responding to AIDS’ annual events the award ceremony at the 2002 Salt Lake City ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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Winter Olympics, worked with Corbin Dances and Keigwin + Company, and was a founding member of Battleworks Dance Company. In May 2006 Mr. Roberts was named Dance Magazine’s “On the Rise” dancer. He performed several roles in Julie Taymor’s film Across the Universe and the original opera Grendel. Mr. Roberts joined the Company in 2009. Follow him on Instagram at samuellee.me. KANJI SEGAWA (Kanagawa, Japan) began his modern dance training with his mother, Erika Akoh, and studied ballet with Kan Horiuchi and Ju Horiuchi in Tokyo, Japan. In 1997 Mr. Segawa came to the U.S. under the Japanese Government Artist Fellowship to train at The Ailey School. Mr. Segawa was a member of Ailey II from 2000–02 and Robert Battle’s Battleworks Dance Company from 2002–10. Mr. Segawa worked extensively with choreographer Mark Morris from 2004– 11, repeatedly appearing in Mr. Morris’ various productions with Mark Morris Dance Group, including as a principal dancer in John Adams’ Nixon in China at The Metropolitan Opera. In addition, Mr. Segawa has assisted and worked closely with choreographer Jessica Lang since 1999. Mr. Segawa joined the Company in 2011. GLENN ALLEN SIMS (Long Branch, N.J.) began classical dance training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, and was a scholarship student to The Ailey School’s Summer Intensive. Mr. Sims attended The Juilliard School under 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 featured on several network television programs, including BET Honors, Dancing with the Stars, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and So You Think You Can Dance. Mr. Sims is a master teacher, certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre instructor, and certified pilates mat instructor. He has performed as an international guest artist for galas in Rome, Italy, and Mexico City, Mexico, as well as the White House Dance Series and for the king of Morocco. Mr. Sims was featured on the cover of and wrote a featured guest blog for Dance Magazine. He has originated featured roles by Carmen de Lavallade, Judith Jamison, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Mauro Bigonzetti, Rennie Harris, and Ronald K. Brown. Mr. Sims joined the Company in 1997. LINDA CELESTE SIMS (Bronx, N.Y.) began training at Ballet Hispanico School of Dance and graduated from LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. Ms. Sims has received the 2016 Inspiración Award from Ballet Hispánico, has won 36

Outstanding Performance at the 2014 New York Dance and Performance Award (“The Bessies”) and most recently, she received the 2017 Dance Magazine Award. Ms. Sims has been featured on the cover of Dance Magazine and on So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Mo'Nique Show, LIVE with Kelly and Michael, and The Today Show. Ms. Sims has appeared at the White House Series, Youth America Grand Prix, Vail International Dance Festival, and galas in Budapest and Vienna, and originated featured roles by Judith Jamison, Donald Byrd, Alonso King, Dwight Rhoden, Ronald K. Brown, Mauro Bigonzetti, Jennifer Muller, Karole Armitage, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Rennie Harris, Christopher L. Huggins, and Azure Barton. She teaches master classes worldwide and is a certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre instructor. Ms. Sims joined the Company in 1996 and is currently the assistant to the rehearsal director. COURTNEY CELESTE SPEARS (Baltimore) of Bahamian descent, began formal training at the Baltimore School for the Arts under the direction of Norma Pera. She is a graduate of the Ailey/ Fordham BFA Program, where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in dance and communications. Ms. Spears has attended summer intensives at The Juilliard School, Cedar Lake, and American Ballet Theatre, where she was named the National Training Scholar for two consecutive years. She has performed works by Ray Mercer, Jae Man Joo, Marcus Willis, Bridget Moore, and Dwight Rhoden. She was recognized on the cover of Howard Magazine as a “Rising Young Star” and received The Denise Jefferson Memorial Scholarship. Ms. Spears is the recipient of a 2015 Dance Fellowship from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA and is the founder and director of ArtSea Dance, an outreach program and dance management company based in the Bahamas. She was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2018. Find Ms. Spears on Instagram @bahamaballerina. CONSTANCE STAMATIOU (Charlotte, N.C.) began her dance training at Pat Hall’s Dance Unlimited and North Carolina Dance Theatre. 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. She performed at the White House Dance Series and has been a guest performer on So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Logo’s Trailblazer Honors, and The Today Show. Ms. Stamatiou has also danced in the films Shake Rattle

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Yannick Lebrun, Jacqueline Green, and Chalvar Monteiro. Photo by Andrew Eccles.

& Roll and in Dan Pritzker’s Bolden. Ms. Stamatiou was a member of Ailey ll and a guest artist for Dance Grand Moultrie and Caroline Calouche & Co. She is a certified Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis instructor and a mother of two. Follow her on Instagram at constancestamatiou. Ms. Stamatiou first joined the Company in 2007 and rejoined in 2016. JERMAINE TERRY (Washington, D.C.) began his dance training in Kissimmee, Florida, at James Dance Center. He graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. in dance performance from the University of South Florida, where he received scholarships for excellence in performance and choreography. Mr. Terry was a scholarship student at The Ailey School and a member of Ailey II, and he has performed with Buglisi Dance Theatre, Arch Dance, Dance Iquail, and Philadanco and as a guest artist on the television show So You Think You Can Dance. In 2013 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from USF for outstanding service to the arts. He has made costumes for the Company, Ailey II, Philadanco, Jessica Lang Dance, and The Black Iris Project, to name a few. His evening wear has been in Essence online as well as shot by the late Bill Cunningham for the style section of The New York Times. Please follow Mr. Terry on Instagram at Jerms83. Mr. Terry joined the Company in 2010. FANA TESFAGIORGIS (Madison, Wis.) is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance, with a minor in journalism. She began training at Ballet Madison under the direction of Charmaine Ristow and attended Interlochen Arts

Academy High School. Ms. Tesfagiorgis also trained at summer and winter intensives at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Professionally she has danced with Ailey II, Brian Harlan Brooks’ Continuum, Alenka Cizmesja’s Art DeConstructed, Dance Iquail, Freddie Moore’s Footprints, and Samuel Pott’s Nimbus Dance Works. Ms. Tesfagiorgis has been a rehearsal assistant for Hope Boykin, Earl Mosley, Pedro Ruiz, Matthew Rushing, and Sylvia Waters. She joined the Company in 2013. CHRISTOPHER R. WILSON (Augusta, Ga.) is a graduate of John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School and most recently graduated cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. He has studied at Colton Ballet School, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and The School at Jacob’s Pillow. He began his professional career with BHdos, the second company of Ballet Hispánico and has performed at The World Monument Fund's Hadrian Gala honoring Queen Sofía of Spain as well as the 2017 Essence Festival in New Orleans. He has performed works by choreographers Matthew Rushing, Kyle Abraham, Emily Molnar, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Eduardo Vilaro, to name a few. He has performed as a guest artist with The Black Iris Project and was a member of Ailey II. Mr. Wilson joined the Company in 2018. Follow his tour and dance adventures @christopher.r.wilson on Instagram. The Ailey dancers are supported, in part, by The Judith McDonough Kaminski Dancer Endowment Fund.

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ALVIN AILEY DANCE FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES Daria L. Wallach, Chairman Debra L. Lee, President Stephen J. Meringoff, Arthur J. Mirante II, Vice Chairmen Eleanor S. Applewhaite Rosalind Hudnell Johnbull E. Okpara Robert Battle Jaishri Kapoor Stanley Plesent, Esq. Paulette Mullings Bradnock Anthony S. Kendall Lata N. Reddy Tia Breakley-China Robert Kissane Bennett Rink Gunther T. Bright Natasha Leibel Levine, M.D. Richard Speciale Robyn Coles Anthony A. Lewis Marc S. Strachan Sela Thompson Collins Leslie L. Maheras Joan H. Weill Laura D. Corb Lucinda C. Martinez Gillian Wynn Paul M. Donofrio Doris Meister Philip Laskawy, Stanley Plesent, Esq., Joan H. Weill, Chairmen Emeriti Henry McGee, President Emeritus Gina F. Adams, Simin N. Allison, Anthony M. Carvette, Kathryn C. Chenault, Guido Goldman, Bruce S. Gordon, John H. Schaefer, Lemar Swinney, Honorary Trustees

ALVIN AILEY DANCE FOUNDATION Recipient of the National Medal of Arts Bennett Rink — Executive Director Pamela Robinson — Chief Financial Officer Thomas Cott — Senior Director of Marketing and Creative Content

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Dacquiri T’Shaun Smittick, Director of Production Isabelle Mezin, Director of Company Business Affairs Gregory Stuart, Company Manager Joseph Anthony Gaito, Technical Director Kristin Colvin Young, Production Stage Manager Al Crawford, Lighting Director Jon Taylor, Wardrobe Supervisor DJ Adderley, Master Carpenter Marq Gonzalez, Master Electrician Russell J. Cowans IV, Sound Engineer Chris Theodore, Property Master Selena M. Campbell, Assistant Company Manager Nicole A. Walters, Assistant Stage Manager Roya Abab, Associate Lighting Director Jesse Dunham, Wardrobe Assistant Katie Chihaby, Wardrobe Assistant Jorge Lanuza, Flyman/Assistant Carpenter Henry Wilen, Assistant Electrician Michelle Grazio, Production and Finance Associate

PRODUCTION CREDITS Lighting system provided by 4Wall Entertainment. Touring sound system provided by Gibson Entertainment Services. Domestic trucking services provided by Stage Call Corporation.

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a central meeting point for dance audiences, artists, teachers, and students in the Atlanta area Destination Dance, presented by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, launched in January 2017 to help increase awareness about the many opportunities available in Atlanta to see or participate in dance. The Ailey company, which has been part of the Atlanta cultural community for over 40 years, is proud to partner on this initiative with so many of the city’s wonderful arts and civic organizations including AREA, Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Dance Canvas, The Fox Theatre, High Museum of Art, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University. For more information:

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DESTINATION DANCE AILEY ATLANTA ARTS IN EDUCATION & PARTNERS & SUPPORTING AILEY STAFF COMMUNITY PROGRAMS PROJECT MANAGEMENT Iymaani Aytes, Project Manager

Cathryn Williams, Director, Arts In Education & Community Programs Nasha Thomas-Collins, National Director of AileyCamp /Spokesperson and Master Teacher for AIE

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS Justin Garlinghouse, Managing Director of Development AILEY EXTENSION Caryn Campbell, Director of Patron Engagement Lisa Johnson-Willingham, Director of Ailey Extension MARKETING Larae J. Ferry, Deputy Director of Marketing Lynette P. Rizzo, Associate Director of Marketing Liad Baniel, Art Director Erica Hochstedler, Editorial Content Manager Alana Harper, Digital Marketing Manager Jennifer Fyall, Marketing Manager Jordan James, Marketing Manager Andrew Troum, Marketing Associate Judith Service Montier, Marketing Consultant PUBLIC RELATIONS Christopher Zunner, Director of Public Relations Lauren Morrow, Associate Director of Public Relations Porter Novelli, Public Relations Consultant ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER Dacquiri T’Shaun Smittick, Director of Production Isabelle Mezin, Director of Company Business Affairs Gregory Stuart, Company Manager AILEY II Troy Powell, Artistic Director of Ailey II Fana Fraser, Rehearsal Director Isabelle Mezin, Director of Company Business Affairs Nicole Greene, Company Manager THE AILEY SCHOOL Tracy Inman, Co-Director of The Ailey School and Director of the Professional Division Melanie Person, Co-Director of The Ailey School and BFA Program Director

CURRENT PARTNERS • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater • AREA (Atlanta's Resource for Entertainment & Arts) • Atlanta Ballet • Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education • Atlanta public and private schools • Cultural Experience Project/City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs • Dance Canvas • ELEVATE Public Art Festival/City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs • The Fox Theatre • The Gathering Spot • Hammonds House Museum • High Museum of Art • National Black Arts Festival • National Center for Civil and Human Rights • Reigning Victory Dance Studio • Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University AILEY AMBASSADORS Keith Hill, Coordinator Connie Harris Sylvia Breland Audrey Johnson Roshawn Buxton Diane Larche Taylor Colquitt James Pace Tonya Cook Bessie Shavers Darlene Council Julian Smart Ericka Davis Karmel Smith Charles Duncan Ayana Walker Pamela Duncan Linda Woodberry

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE THEATER A fully restored 1929 “movie palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multipurpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballets, comedies, concerts, movies and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, accommodating 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. To book your “Fabulous Fox” evening, please call 404-881-2100 or visit us at www.foxtheatre.org. TICKET OFFICE The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is in the arcade entrance to the theater. It is open for walk-up ticket sales 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. It is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours before show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour before show time. Tickets for all performances may be purchased online at www.foxtheatre.org, at all Ticket Alternative outlets and at all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office in person during regular box-office hours. GROUP SALES The Fox Theatre Group Sales Department offers discounts to groups for most Broadway shows. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 404-881-2000 or email foxgroup@foxtheatre.org. CONCESSIONS Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, main lobby and on the mezzanine lobby level. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located off the main lobby (downstairs), mezzanine lobby levels and the Gallery level. Accessible restroom facilities are in the Spanish Room; accessible/Family restrooms are located through the office door in the main lobby. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted at 10 a.m., 1 1 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Saturday tours are at 10 and 11 a.m. Tours are guided by Fox employees well-versed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards and upcoming shows. Tour tickets are available at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office or online at www.foxtheatre.org. Special tours can range from backstage to architectural to a school or college group. Please call 404-881-2100 to schedule your group tour. LOST AND FOUND Lost and found items are turned in to the event staff’s office. To check on lost items, please call 404-881-2119. Lost and found items will be retained for 30 days. EMERGENCY INFORMATION In the event of an emergency, and for your safety, please follow the directions provided by the Fox Theatre staff.

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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. ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY The Fox Theatre strives to make events accessible to all guests. If you need assistance during your visit please ask for one of our Event Staff members. The Fox Theatre offers the use of wheelchairs, listening devices and booster seats at no additional charge. Our ambassadors will assist you to special restroom accommodations. Note: Steep steps lead to all seats on the upper levels. For assistance or more information, please call the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2100. TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call 404-881-2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. A Ticket Office associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at www.foxtheatre.org. ELEVATORS Elevators are at the north end of each lobby and are available during all performances. They make it possible to access each lobby without using the stairs. Patrons should be aware that access to upper seating areas do involve 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 Ticket Office or by calling 855-285-8499. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket to be admitted to the theater. 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. • L atecomers will be seated at the discretion of management in conjunction with the wishes of the producers. • Please turn off all pagers and cellphones before each performance. • Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited. Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) MARQUEE CLUB PRESENTED BY LEXUS A stunning 10,000 square feet of exclusive space located on the northeast side of the theatre, the Marquee Club has access to the fabulous rooftop terrace overlooking the iconic Fox marquee and Peachtree Street. The Marquee Club is the perfect way to elevate your experience at the Fox. The club can be accessed through one of the annual membership options or on a per-event basis, as space allows. Entry to the club must accompany a ticket to the proceeding performance. For more information on club access, visit foxtheatre.org/MarqueeClub or call 404-881-2127.

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ETIQUETTE

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1. P  lease arrive early. Latecomers may not

be seated until intermission.

2. T  ake care of personal needs (water, restroom use) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cellphones, beepers and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience via social media but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances. The glow from your device is distracting. 4. M  ost shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theater is never allowed. It distracts those around you and endangers the performers. 5. T  he overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. D  ear lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of those behind you. Please consider those seated behind you when choosing whether to wear a hat or what hairstyle you choose. 7. P  lease refrain from talking, humming or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artists or show. 8. P  lease wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag. 9. G  o easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 10. I f you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest volunteer usher. If additional assistance is needed, the usher will get the appropriate person to further help you. 11. Y  es, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress or before the actors have taken their final bows is discourteous. Please wait until the bows are over and exit with the rest of the audience. 44

STAFF Allan C. Vella. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President & C.E.O. Adina Alford Erwin . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.O.O. Jeff Quesenberry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.F.O. Jamie Vosmeier. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VP of Sales and Marketing Lester Andrews. . . . . . Director of Information Systems Nancy Lutz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Lucy Lawler-Freas. . . . . . . . . . Director of Programming Shelly Kleppsattel. . . . . . . Booking & Contract Manager William Renshaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . Director of Events & Public Safety David Simpson. . . . . . Director of Ticket Sales & Service Shelby Moody. . . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Aly Knight Grubb. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Marketing Andrew Chatwood. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing Manager Amanda Blank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Media Manager Laura Zimbrick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Partnership Premium Seating Manager Leigh Burns. . . . . . . . . . Director of Fox Theatre Institute Andy Arnold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Security Manager Amy Smith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Production Lisa Marie Malovoz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Manager Gary Hardaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Carpenter Larry Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Flyman Scott Hardin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Props/Projectionist Ray T. Haynie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Electrician Cary Oldknow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Audio

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman Keith O Cowan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Chairman Clara Axam, Robyn Barkin, Beauchamp Carr, Renee Dye, Sheffield Hale, John Holder, Walt Huntley, Edward Hutchison, Craig Jones, Jay Myers, Glen Romm, Howard Smith

EMERITUS MEMBERS John Busby Jr., Anne Cox Chambers, Pat Connell, Rodney Cook, Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts, Jere Drummond, Richard Flinn, Julia Grumbles, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Starr Moore, Joseph Myers, Edgar Neiss, Carl Patton, Sylvia Russell, Nancy Simms, Preston Stevens, Clyde Tuggle, Carolyn Wills

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Chattanooga C H O W- C H O W

Five decades after being declared the “dirtiest city in the United States,” Chattanooga has become one of the cleanest, hippest, most effervescent destinations in America. Story and Photos by David Danzig

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The Hot Mess Breakfast at Milk and Honey. A hot mess never looked so good.

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Slurp up ramen noodles and other Japanese-inspired comfort food at Two Ten Jack, located in the basement level of Warehouse Row.

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xactly 50 years ago, the EPA declared—and Walter Cronkite famously reported on the “CBS Evening News”—that the city of Chattanooga had claimed the mantle as “the dirtiest city in the United States.” Reports of cars running headlights day and night due to the factorygenerated soot and smog painted a bleak picture of a town once known as the inspiration for the wholesome WWII-era song, “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”

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RIGHT: Gastropub Urban Stack makes its home in one of Chattanooga’s oldest buildings. In what may be an inadvertent homage to the former railway baggage room, backpacks are now a common item. ABOVE: The Asian Q burger at Urban Stack: American Wagyu beef patty, wasabi savory slaw, Asian ginger barbecue sauce, homemade cucumber kimchee and 5 pepper dry rub.

But what a comeback story Chattanooga has become! Transforming itself into one of the cleanest, hippest, and most effervescent tourism destinations in the country, Chattanooga blends its rich history, a gorgeous landscape, smart urban planning, and a fountain of artistic youthful exuberance to once again reign as a darling of the south. And do you hear that? That buzz coming from up I-75 is the sound of Chattanooga’s burgeoning food scene, a breeding ground for young chefs with the talent and freedom to execute top-quality creative concepts. Here are a few places to “chow chow” right now: Slurp up ramen noodles, along with many other Japanese delights, at Two Ten Jack located in the Warehouse Row

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development at the site of the Civil War-era Old Stone Fort. Descend into the building’s basement and find a cozy Far East motif that extends into the building’s multi-story atrium with long communal tables. This izakaya (a Japanese neighborhood pub) also dishes yakitori (skewered and grilled chicken), sushi, and other Japanese-inspired comfort food sourced from local purveyors. The lively atmosphere is further fueled by the drink menu, which includes local craft and Japanese beers, cocktails-on-tap, sake, and Japanese whiskey. Gourmet burgers are the name of the game at Urban Stack, a gastropub operating out of one of the city’s oldest buildings, once used as the former baggage room for the Alabama & Chattanooga Railroad lines. Order up one of more than 20 different types of burgers including several “Urban Classics,” hormone-free beef burgers enhanced by everything from bacon and eggs to pastrami to chorizo. Or, if red meat is not your thing, try a “Specialty Stack” built on an alt-beef base of hot fried chicken, lamb, or a vegan mushroom patty.

TOP: The “A Moonpie of Sorts” dessert at White Bird, made with chocolate semifredo, cinnamon marshmallow graham blondie and a galaxy glaze.

Located steps from the iconic Walnut Street Bridge in the ground floor of the new Edwin Hotel, White Bird ruffles culinary feathers with an upscale homage to the Tennessee River Valley and the surrounding region. With

ABOVE: The entrance to White Bird in The Edwin Hotel next to the Walnut Street Bridge.

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views of the Tennessee River, the bright, modern aesthetic of the dining room pairs well with the restaurant’s locallysourced, seasonal menus. These rustic dishes are impressively cheffed-up, coming across as sophisticated while retaining a down-home feel. The menu features creative spins on Appalachian classics, including rabbit and dumplings, pulled and pressed pork, and a whole chicken lacquered in honey and tea with mushroom fricassee. For dessert, the “Moonpie of Sorts,” a reimagined version of the original confection Chattanooga made famous, is a must.

Come for the savory, leave with the sweets: Breakfast biscuit and caramels at North Shore’s Milk & Honey.

Take a casual stroll across the Tennessee River on one of the city’s bridges to the North Shore and arrive in the land of Milk & Honey. This happening casual café serves gourmet breakfast and lunch items all day, every day from 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Nosh on sweet and savory breakfast treats like Kentucky-based Shuckman’s smoked salmon on a bagel, farmhouse biscuits with Benton’s bacon, buttermilk waffles, and sourdough French toast. Also available, of course, are espressos and coffee, including the super-smooth Milk & Honey Latte sweetened with fresh milk and local honey. For a sweet snack, grab a fresh-baked pastry, a scoop of their homemade gelato, or a frozen paleta, a Latin-style fresh fruit popsicle.

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Award-winning architecture is just part of the quirky allure of Flying Squirrel, a fascinating edifice of steel, glass, and weathered woods. Known as one of Chattanooga’s premier cocktail spots with house-made infused spirits (think smoked peach whiskey) and an extensive beer list, the Squirrel’s food also turns heads with one of the most globally eclectic menus south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Matzoh ball pho, fried chicken bao buns, Cuban tacos, and a falafel sandwich are a few of the intercontinental comfort food dishes with which restaurant-goers can pair the Squirrel’s unique libations. The bar is 21+ except on Sunday mornings when the whole family is invited to brunch. Brunch dishes include 5-Spice French Toast, spicy chicken biscuits, and roasted potato hash, which you can wash down with a Sriracha Bloody Mary.

Find globally eclectic menu items at Flying Squirrel. TOP: Duck fat okonomiyaki made with pork belly, sunny egg, and purple potato. ABOVE: Ppimento cheese made with Sweetwater Valley cheddar and bacon.

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Things to Do in Chattanooga besides Chow…

TOP: A pig-nosed turtle swims through the Tennessee Aquarium’s River Journey. ABOVE: The original (freshwater) River Journey building, opened in 1992, was followed by Ocean Journey expansion in 2005, and a new Island Life gallery scheduled to open inside the saltwater aquarium building in March.

Gnome and fairy sightings are frequent at the delightfully kitschy Rock City located at the top of Lookout Mountain, six miles from downtown Chattanooga. Out of the ground come massive granite formations creating an “Enchanted Trail” through narrow passages and a swinging bridge that culminates at Lover’s Leap (aka Eagle’s Nest), a dramatic cliff where, on a clear day, you can see seven states. Be sure to grab an iconic bird house from the gift shop, designed to mimic advertisements painted on barn roofs in the 1930s when the attraction first opened. At one point, these advertisements could be seen on barns as far west as Texas and as far north as Michigan. Having just welcomed their 25-millionth guest, the Tennessee Aquarium has set the standard for a fresh and saltwater aquarium experience for the past 27 years. The latest buzz comes from the new Island Life gallery, which is scheduled to open in March inside the Ocean Journey building. The new exhibit will include flashlight fish, colorful chameleons, and a wave machine that will crash against a viewing window where guests can watch the hypnotic cadence of cold-water fish splashing into brightly colored anemones and sea stars. Also, be sure to buy a package that includes one of their jaw-dropping IMAX nature films.

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TOP: No matter the season, the view from atop Rock City is always spectacular. ABOVE: On a clear day you can see 7 states from the top of Rock City.

Perched atop a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River and just steps away from the Tennessee Aquarium, Walnut Street Bridge, and Hunter Museum of American Art, The Edwin Hotel captures the current local spirit of Chattanooga, emanating the personality and uniqueness of a boutique property with the services of a major chain. This 90-room stunner boasts luxe rooms that are awash in local art. Hit White Bird downstairs for meals, and the rooftop bar, Whiskey Thief, for evening drinks and Instagram-worthy views of the Tennessee River and Walnut Street Bridge. :: For all things Chattanooga, start here: chattanoogafun.com

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Be our guest for a Chick-fil-A Backstage Tour! You will be guided on a walking, storytelling experience to learn more about the restaurant you love, while being inspired by the life and vision of founder S. Truett Cathy. ABOUT THE TOURS • Original: An enlightening journey through the history of Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, and the core values of the company. • The Deluxe: Visit S. Truett Cathy’s office, enjoy tastings in The Kitchen and experience The Nest, our training center. PLAN YOUR VISIT • Tours are held Monday – Friday for adults and children over six. • For schedule and pricing options visit: Tours.chick-fil-a.com Contact info: Chick-fil-abackstagetour@chick-fil-a.com 5200 Buffington Road • Atlanta, GA 30349

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FRIENDS OF THE FOX Members of the Fox Theatre’s Friends of the Fox program help support the Fox Theatre Institute, the theater’s community engagement arm. The Fox Theatre’s legend lives on through their generosity, supporting the theater, the city of Atlanta and communities across Georgia. To learn more about the Friends of the Fox membership program, please visit www.foxtheatre.org/support-us, email membership@foxtheatre.org, or call 404.881.2023.

The Fox Theatre would like to thank the following Friends of the Fox who have given at the Legend ($10,000), Marquee ($5,000), Encore ($2,500) and Entourage ($1,000) levels: Legend Mr. James Dougherty Drew Eckl & Farnham Royce & Jessica Pedersen

Ripple IT Janice & Gary Sloan

Marquee Diana Blank Teresa Dau & Amanda McMillan Mr. & Mrs. Gary Martin Hays

Jamie Medalie Longhurst Margaret Ross

Encore John R. Adams Blake’s on the Park Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Borenstein Budget Rent a Car Atlanta John & Mary Ann Busby George Butler II Cathy & Mayson Callaway Matt Chambless & Michelle Love Citizen Lanier Holdings Colgate Crib Mattress Concierge Services of Atlanta

Michael Crew Ira & Talmer Curry Jr. Ritchie & Joy Dickey Gary & Betty Draper George Kuhn Julie & George Lott Lowery & Associates Land Surveying, LLC Adam Malone Carole Cole Musarra Jerel & Janet Rush Allan & Nicole Vella

Entourage Active Production & Design Inc. Collins Project Management, Inc. Allied Integrated Marketing Anne & Kym Reissing Allied International Cleaning Services, Inc. Repro Products Broadway in Atlanta ZIBEX, Inc. Harold Brody & Donald Smith Dorothy B. Ziemer

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CELEBRATING 10 YEARS

Created by Atlanta’s iconic Fox Theatre, the Fox Theatre Institute is a catalyst for positive change in the community. FTI pays it forward, helping other artistic and cultural institutes renew, reinvigorate, and restore. Offering financial, operations, and restoration mentoring is at the heart of our efforts to stimulate Georgia’s local economies. • More than $1.3 million in financial support to more than 37 historic theatres and cultural arts centers in Georgia. • Funds the Georgia Presenters, an innovative statewide talent booking sonsortium that brings presenters, theatres, and communities together.

• Provides a K thru 5 educational outreach through Fox in a Box, a free interactive curriculum-based in-school field trip experience. • Friends of the Fox membership program has grown to more than 175 members with more than $480,000 raised torward FTI programs.

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FOX FUN FACTS What Lies Beneath … Chances are you’ve never given the floor of the Fox Theatre much thought. But did you know that you’re walking on a woven bit of history? Here are some other fun facts: • The Fox Theatre carpet design is based on photographs and a sample of the original carpet installed here in 1929. • The design of the theatre carpet has symbols representing the Shriners and William Fox. • Sheep from both New Zealand and Scotland produced the wool mixture that is woven into the carpet. • Bloomsberg Carpet Industries custom-made the Fox Theatre’s Auditorium, Gallery and Egyptian Ballroom carpets. More than one acre of carpet was made. • The original carpet in the Egyptian Ballroom was made in Ireland. • The same company who custom-made the Fox Theatre’s carpet also produces the Supreme Court and Senate’s carpet. • The recent carpet installation took 21 days and over 900 man hours to complete.

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