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she hada dream MLK’s words and a visit to the Center for Civil and Human Rights inspired Alvin Ailey powerhouse Hope Boykin’s latest piece of choreography. By Julie Bookman 6 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


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f you’ve visited the Center for Civil

The Ailey company performs colleague Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

and Human Rights downtown, you likely know the room that

shows footage of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral. King’s recorded voice fills the small, dark space in a way that moves some visitors to clutch at their hearts. Choreographer Hope Boykin, a longtime talent with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, found herself in

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that room when she was in town two years ago. One of the recordings there comes from “The Drum Major Instinct,” the last sermon King delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in February 1968. Two months later, to the day, he was dead.

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“Drum Major Instinct” is a sermon on the dangers of living beyond your means and thinking yourself superior to others. A segment of verse King placed at the end of this sermon says: “If I can help somebody as I pass along / If I can cheer somebody with a word or song / If I can show somebody he’s traveling wrong / Then my living will not be in vain.” King’s words and cadence got beneath Boykin’s skin and sunk in deep. She began to immerse herself in his writings, ultimately creating a piece titled r-Evolution, Dream. It’s featured in the repertoire the Ailey dancers bring to Atlanta, the third stop on their 18-city North American tour. “If he were alive today, he could be saying some of the same things,” Boykin says of King. “Because everything he said was so relevant and remains relevant.” She found herself creating moves well before she knew what the music might be. A specific rhythm-step became prevalent while she conceptualized the abstract 8 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

ballet. She’d walk down the street, sing the rhythm in her head and go over the steps whenever possible, “even if I just had five minutes in the dressing room.” “That rhythm was sitting in my spirit. The step found its own rhythm and that rhythm told the story.” Whether it’s joy or sorrow, anger or frustration, “I articulate best through movement,” says Boykin, who’s from Durham, N.C. “People who meet me cannot know me unless they have seen me onstage. That’s how you get insight to my approach to life.” Boykin, often described as “a powerhouse dancer,” has created two previous works for the company she’s belonged to for 17 years. This time she kept moving until she was ready to tell artistic director Robert Battle that she wanted to choreograph a substantial new work for the nation’s pre-eminent company rooted in AfricanAmerican dance. Then, with Battle’s OK, Boykin

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The Ailey dancers in a scene from Revelations, perhaps their most popular and iconic work. It was choreographed in 1960 by company founder Alvin Ailey, who died in 1989.


created r-Evolution, Dream for 15 dancers. The 33-minute piece got a standing ovation when it premiered in New York in December. The New York Times said the piece “summons the ’60s with swinging elegance in various meters and moods” and described Boykin’s choreography as “closely attuned to the rhythms of both the music and the speeches.” Boykin enlisted two top talents, both friends, for the piece. Ali Jackson, principal drummer with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, created the score. Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) recorded Boykin’s original text and historical text from Shakespeare to MLK. Boykin wanted uniform designs for costumes but specific bright colors — to segregate the dancers and symbolize the group or “class of people” they represent. She calls r-Evolution, Dream “my opportunity to share my truth: that we are all built the same, we have two legs, two arms, two eyes to see. What separates us is 10 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

only the tones of our skins. But we are all the same, we are all the same.” Last year’s Atlanta program spotlighted new works by Battle. This time, Atlanta audiences get 11 pieces, with three or four slotted into each of the six Fox performances. To see them all, you’d need to attend four performances. Three of the six include r-Evolution, Dream. The Atlanta engagement features two other world premieres: Untitled America by Kyle Abraham, about the impact of the prison system on AfricanAmerican families; and Deep by Mauro Bigonzetti, a melding of European, American and African cultures set to songs by Ibeyi, twin sisters who sing in English and Yoruba. But fear not, Atlanta. Battle and his dancers know what you want each time. Revelations, the company’s much-loved 1960 gospel ballet, is the finale of each performance. Some company members have danced Revelations more than 2,000 times. Its power is so immense, they say, they never tire of it.

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Choreographer Kyle Abraham’s Untitled America is about the impact of the prison system on African-American families.


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Alvin Ailey, Founder Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita

Robert Battle, Artistic Director Masazumi Chaya, Associate Artistic Director COMPANY MEMBERS Hope Boykin Jeroboam Bozeman Sean Aaron Carmon Elisa Clark Sarah Daley Ghrai DeVore Solomon Dumas Samantha Figgins Vernard J. Gilmore Jacqueline Green Daniel Harder

Jacquelin Harris Collin Heyward Michael Jackson, Jr. Megan Jakel Yannick Lebrun Renaldo Maurice Ashley Mayeux Michael Francis McBride Rachael McLaren Chalvar Monteiro Akua Noni Parker

Danica Paulos Belen Pereyra Jamar Roberts Samuel Lee Roberts Kanji Segawa Glenn Allen Sims Linda Celeste Sims Constance Stamatiou Jermaine Terry Fana Tesfagiorgis

Matthew Rushing, Rehearsal Director and Guest Artist

Bennett Rink, Executive Director Major funding for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; American Express; Bank of America; BET Networks; Bloomberg Philanthropies; BNY Mellon; Delta Air Lines; Diageo, North America; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; FedEx; Ford Foundation; Howard Gilman Foundation; The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust; The Prudential Foundation; The SHS Foundation; The Shubert Foundation; Southern Company; Target; The Wallace Foundation; and Wells Fargo.

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PROGRAM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017, at 8 PM DEEP (2016) Choreography by Mauro Bigonzetti Rehearsal Assistant: Macha Daudel Music by Ibeyi Costume Design by Mauro Bigonzetti Costume Project Manager: Jon Taylor Lighting by Carlo Cerri Danica Paulos, Solomon Dumas, Jacqueline Green, Ashley Mayeux, Chalvar Monteiro, Michael Francis McBride, Megan Jakel, Kanji Segawa, Hope Boykin, Sean Aaron Carmon, Samantha Figgins, Jermaine Terry, Vernard J. Gilmore, Elisa Clark, Constance Stamatiou, Yannick Lebrun Major support for the creation of Deep was provided by Melinda & Paul Pressler. “Behind the Curtain,”+* “Eleggua (Intro)”* “Oya,”^* “Mama Says,”^* “River”+* “Exhibit Diaz”* “Think of You,”^^* “Ibeyi (Outro)”* All performed by Ibeyi. + Words and music by Eric Sterling Collins, Lisa Kainde Diaz, and Naomi Diaz © Universal Musica Latina on behalf of Universal music Publishing (SESAC).^ Words and music by Naomi Diaz and Lisa Kainde Diaz © Universal Musica Latina on behalf of Universal Music Publishing (SESAC). ^^ Words and music by Maya Dagnino, Lisa Kainde Diaz, Naomi Diaz, Bernard D. Hanighen, Gabriel Jourde, Thelonious S. Monk, Richard Leslie Russell, and Cootie Williams ©Universal Musica Latina on behalf of Universal Music Publishing (SESAC). * Licensed courtesy of XL Recordings.

- INTERMISSION THE HUNT (2001) Choreography by Robert Battle Assistant to the Choreographer: Erika Pujikic Music by Les Tambours du Bronx Costumes by Mia McSwain Lighting by Burke Wilmore Jeroboam Bozeman, Collin Heyward, Samuel Lee Roberts, Michael Jackson, Jr., Sean Aaron Carmon, Solomon Dumas Generous support for this production was provided by The Pamela D. Zilly & John H. Schaefer New Works Endowment Fund, Linda Stocknoff, and Ricki N. Lander & Robert K. Kraft. “Jungle Jazz” by L. Blomme, performed by Les Tambours du Bronx. “Les Boulets Se Rebiffent” by A. Dipace, J.Y. Lefloch, Y. Nisgand, B. Pingon, and J.M. Tramoy, performed by Les Tambours du Bronx. “Black Bull” by L. Le Mapihan, performed by Les Tambours du Bronx. Music from the recording Silence (1999). Used with permission by Right Bank Music, Inc.

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PROGARM CRY (1971) Choreography by Alvin Ailey Restaged by Masazumi Chaya Choreography coaching by Donna Wood Sanders and Judith Jamison Music by Alice Coltrane, Laura Nyro, and Chuck Griffin Costume by A. Christina Giannini Lighting by Chenault Spence For all Black women everywhere – especially our mothers. Akua Noni Parker This production of Cry was made possible with generous support from Judith McDonough Kaminski & Joseph Kaminski. The original production of Cry was made possible, in part, by a grant from Ford Foundation. “Something About John Coltrane” written by Alice Coltrane. Published by Jowcol Music. “Been on a Train” 100% Laura Nyro (BMI) – EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI). © 1971 EMI Blackwood Music Inc. All rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC., 424 Church Street, Suite 1200, Nashville, TN 37219. All rights reserved. Used by permission. “Right On, Be Free” written by Chuck Griffin, performed by The Voices of East Harlem. Used with permission of the publisher, Really Together Music.

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

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Sean Aaron Carmon, Danica Paulos, Fana Tesfagiorgis

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

Ghrai DeVore, Collin Heyward

Fix Me, Jesus

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

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

Wade in the Water

Chalvar Monteiro, Elisa Clark, Solomon Dumas, Sean Aaron Carmon Rachael McLaren, Michael Jackson, Jr., Constance Stamatiou

Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts “Wade in the Water” sequence by Ella Jenkins “A Man Went Down to the River” is an original composition by Ella Jenkins

I Wanna Be Ready

Music arranged by James Miller+

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PROGRAM MOVE, MEMBERS, MOVE Samuel Lee Roberts, Jermaine Terry, Kanji Segawa

Sinner Man Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. 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

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

All performances of Revelations are permanently endowed by a generous gift from Donald L. Jonas in celebration of the birthday of his wife, Barbara, and her deep commitment to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017, at 8 PM and

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2017, at 2 PM and

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2017, at 3 PM

THE WINTER IN LISBON (1992)

Choreography by Billy Wilson Restaged by Masazumi Chaya Music by Charles Fishman and Dizzy Gillespie Costumes by Barbara Forbes Lighting by Chenault Spence Opening Theme San Sebastian Lisbon Manteca

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017, at 8 PM

The Company Samuel Lee Roberts, Yannick Lebrun, Sean Aaron Carmon, Samantha Figgins, Danica Paulos Constance Stamatiou, Yannick Lebrun The Company

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2017, at 2 PM

The Company Kanji Segawa, Michael Jackson, Jr., Michael Francis McBride, Rachael McLaren, Belen Pereyra Akua Noni Parker, Michael Jackson, Jr. The Company


PROGRAM Opening Theme San Sebastian Lisbon Manteca

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2017, at 3 PM

The Company Samuel Lee Roberts, Yannick Lebrun, Sean Aaron Carmon, Samantha Figgins, Danica Paulos Constance Stamatiou, Yannick Lebrun The Company

This production of The Winter in Lisbon is made possible by The Ellen Jewett & Richard L. Kauffman New Works Endowment Fund. Opening Theme (“Magic Summer”) by Charles Fishman, “San Sebastian” by Dizzy Gillespie and “Lisbon,” musical arrangements by Slide Hampton. “Manteca” composed by Dizzy Gillespie, Walter Gil Fuller and Luciano Pozo Gonzales. Used by permission of Music Sales Corporation (ASCAP) 66.667% All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured.

- INTERMISSION r-Evolution, Dream. (2016)

Choreography by Hope Boykin Music by Ali Jackson Narration recorded by Leslie Odom, Jr. Rehearsal Assistants: Elise Drew, Michael Jackson, Jr. Costume Design by Hope Boykin Costume Project Manager: Zinda Williams Lighting by Al Crawford Phil. 4:13 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017, at 8 PM Matthew Rushing, Jeroboam Bozeman, Rachael McLaren, Renaldo Maurice,Vernard J. Gilmore, Samantha Figgins, Daniel Harder, Jacquelin Harris, Michael Francis McBride, Jamar Roberts, Sarah Daley, Megan Jakel, Samuel Lee Roberts, Akua Noni Parker, Sean Aaron Carmon SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2017, at 2 PM Michael Jackson, Jr., Collin Heyward, Belen Pereyra, Daniel Harder, Jermaine Terry, Samantha Figgins, Kanji Segawa, Danica Paulos, Solomon Dumas, Yannick Lebrun, Jacqueline Green, Ghrai DeVore, Samuel Lee Roberts, Fana Tesfagiorgis, Chalvar Monteiro SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2017, at 3 PM Michael Jackson, Jr., Collin Heyward, Belen Pereyra, Daniel Harder, Jermaine Terry, Samantha Figgins, Kanji Segawa, Danica Paulos, Solomon Dumas, Yannick Lebrun, Jacqueline Green, Ghrai DeVore, Samuel Lee Roberts, Fana Tesfagiorgis, Chalvar Monteiro The creation of r-Evolution, Dream. is supported by commissioning funds from The Music Center.

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PROGRAM Additional support is provided by Natasha I. Leibel, M.D. & Harlan B. Levine, M.D., Judith McDonough Kaminski & Joseph Kaminski, Addie & Tom Jones, Elaine & Lawrence Rothenberg, The Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn & Nicolas Rohatyn New Works Endowment Fund, The Fred Eychaner New Works Endowment Fund, and The Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey — Sara and Bill Morgan New Works Endowment Fund. Original composition by Ali Jackson. Narration by Leslie Odom Jr. Original lyrics by Hope Boykin. Excerpts from “The Negro’s Complaint” by William Cowper; “False Greatness” by Issac Watts; “Sonnet 16” by William Shakespeare; “The Best of Whatever You Are” by Douglas Malloch; “If I Can Help Somebody As I Pass Along” by Alma Irene Bazel. By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc; “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” from LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING by James Weldon Johnson, copyright 1935 by James Weldon Johnson; copyright renewed © 1963 by Grace Nail Johnson. Used by permission of Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. This work may not be acted in whole or in part by amateurs or professionals without formal permission and the payment of a royalty. All inquiries should be addressed to Penguin Random House LLC.

- INTERMISSION ELLA (2008, Ailey premiere 2016) Choreography by Robert Battle Restaged by Marlena Wolfe Music performed by Ella Fitzgerald Costumes by Jon Taylor Lighting by Burke Wilmore

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017, at 8 PM Michael Francis McBride, Renaldo Maurice SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2017, at 2 PM Jacquelin Harris, Megan Jakel SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2017, at 3 PM Jacquelin Harris, Megan Jakel “Airmail Special” recorded by Ella Fitzgerald.

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PROGRAM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017, at 8 PM

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

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Kanji Segawa, Jacquelin Harris, Ashley Mayeux

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

Jacqueline Green, Jeroboam Bozeman

Fix Me, Jesus

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

TAKE ME TO THE WATER Daniel Harder, Belen Pereyra, Collin Heyward, Solomon Dumas

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

Rachael McLaren, Jamar Roberts, Constance Stamatiou

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 Collin Heyward, Yannick Lebrun, Samuel Lee Roberts

Sinner Man Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. 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

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

All performances of Revelations are permanently endowed by a generous gift from Donald L. Jonas in celebration of the birthday of his wife, Barbara, and her deep commitment to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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PROGRAM SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2017, at 2 PM

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

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Jeroboam Bozeman, Elisa Clark, Fana Tesfagiorgis

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

Sarah Daley, 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, Danica Paulos, Collin Heyward, Jeroboam Bozeman Ghrai DeVore, Vernard J. Gilmore, Constance Stamatiou

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

Daniel Harder

I Wanna Be Ready

Music arranged by James Miller+

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

Solomon Dumas, Collin Heyward, Sean Aaron Carmon

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 Corporation, New York City.

All performances of Revelations are permanently endowed by a generous gift from Donald L. Jonas in celebration of the birthday of his wife, Barbara, and her deep commitment to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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PROGRAM SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2017, at 3 PM

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

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Jeroboam Bozeman, Danica Paulos, Ashley Mayeux

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

Jacqueline Green, Yannick Lebrun

Fix Me, Jesus

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

TAKE ME TO THE WATER Samuel Lee Roberts, Elisa Clark, Jeroboam Bozeman, Sean Aaron Carmon

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

Ghrai DeVore, Vernard J. Gilmore, 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

Michael Francis McBride

I Wanna Be Ready

Music arranged by James Miller+

MOVE, MEMBERS, MOVE Collin Heyward, Jermaine Terry, Renaldo Maurice

Sinner Man Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. 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

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

All performances of Revelations are permanently endowed by a generous gift from Donald L. Jonas in celebration of the birthday of his wife, Barbara, and her deep commitment to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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PROGRAM FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017, at 8 PM EXODUS (2015) Choreography by Rennie Harris Assistant Choreographer/Rehearsal Director: Nina Flagg Choreographer’s Assistant: Millie Heckler Music by Raphael Xavier, Ost & Kjex Costumes by Jon Taylor Lighting by James Clotfelter Jeroboam Bozeman, Renaldo Maurice, Rachael McLaren, Jacquelin Harris, Constance Stamatiou, Fana Tesfagiorgis, Samantha Figgins, Megan Jakel, Danica Paulos, Chalvar Monteiro, Sean Aaron Carmon, Collin Heyward, Samuel Lee Roberts, Solomon Dumas, Vernard J. Gilmore, Jermaine Terry The creation of Exodus was made possible with leadership support from Melinda & Paul Pressler. Original compositions by Raphael Xavier. “A New Deal” by Ost & Kjex.

- INTERMISSION MASEKELA LANGAGE (1969) Choreography by Alvin Ailey Restaged by Masazumi Chaya Music by Hugh Masekela Scenic Design by William Hammond Costumes by A. Christina Giannini Lighting by Chenault Spence

Prologue-Sobukwe Fuzz Morolo Babajula Bonke Bo Masekela U-Dwi Mace & Grenades Epilogue-Sobukwe

The Company Ashley Mayeux, Danica Paulos, Hope Boykin, Samantha Figgins, Michael Jackson, Jr., Solomon Dumas, Chalvar Monteiro, Jermaine Terry Belen Pereyra, Solomon Dumas, Chalvar Monteiro, Jermaine Terry Michael Jackson, Jr. and The Company Ashley Mayeux Samantha Figgins and The Company Daniel Harder and The Company The Company

This production of Masekela Langage is made possible with major support from American Express. Generous support is also provided by Kathleen & Ernest Abrahamson. Masekela Langage was originally commissioned by Connecticut College American Dance Festival with additional funds provided by Ford Foundation. “Sobukwe,” “Fuzz,” “Morolo,” “Babajula Bonke,” “Bo Masekela,” “U-Dwi,” and “Mace & Grenades” composed by Hugh Masekela.

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PROGRAM AFTER THE RAIN PAS DE DEUX (2005, Ailey premiere 2014) Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon Restaged by Jason Fowler Music by Arvo Pärt Costumes by Holly Hynes Lighting by Mark Stanley Akua Noni Parker, Jamar Roberts This production was made possible with leadership support from the Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation. Generous support was provided by The Jaharis Family Foundation, and Judith McDonough Kaminski & Joseph Kaminski. “Spiegel Im Spiegel” (1978) by Arvo Pärt. Used by arrangement with European American Music Distributors Company, U.S. agent for Universal Edition Vienna, publisher and copyright owner.

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

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Collin Heyward, Hope Boykin, Danica Paulos

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

Wade in the Water

Chalvar Monteiro, Samantha Figgins, Collin Heyward, Solomon Dumas Ghrai DeVore, Renaldo Maurice, Akua Noni Parker

Music adapted and arranged by Howard A. Roberts “Wade in the Water” sequence by Ella Jenkins “A Man Went Down to the River” is an original composition by Ella Jenkins

I Wanna Be Ready

Music arranged by James Miller+

Michael Francis McBride

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

Jeroboam Bozeman, Sean Aaron Carmon, 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 Corporation, New York City.

All performances of Revelations are permanently endowed by a generous gift from Donald L. Jonas in celebration of the birthday of his wife, Barbara, and her deep commitment to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2017, at 8 PM

DEEP (2016) Choreography by Mauro Bigonzetti Rehearsal Assistant: Macha Daudel Music by Ibeyi Costume Design by Mauro Bigonzetti Costume Project Manager: Jon Taylor Lighting by Carlo Cerri Danica Paulos, Solomon Dumas, Akua Noni Parker, Ashley Mayeux, Chalvar Monteiro, Michael Francis McBride, Megan Jakel, Kanji Segawa, Hope Boykin, Sean Aaron Carmon, Samantha Figgins, Jermaine Terry, Vernard J. Gilmore, Elisa Clark, Constance Stamatiou, Yannick Lebrun Major support for the creation of Deep was provided by Melinda & Paul Pressler. “Behind the Curtain,”+* “Eleggua (Intro)”* “Oya,”^* “Mama Says,”^* “River”+* “Exhibit Diaz”* “Think of You,”^^* “Ibeyi (Outro)”* All performed by Ibeyi. + Words and music by Eric Sterling Collins, Lisa Kainde Diaz, and Naomi Diaz © Universal Musica Latina on behalf of Universal music Publishing (SESAC).^ Words and music by Naomi Diaz and Lisa Kainde Diaz © Universal Musica Latina on behalf of Universal Music Publishing (SESAC). ^^ Words and music by Maya Dagnino, Lisa Kainde Diaz, Naomi Diaz, Bernard D. Hanighen, Gabriel Jourde, Thelonious S. Monk, Richard Leslie Russell, and Cootie Williams ©Universal Musica Latina on behalf of Universal Music Publishing (SESAC). * Licensed courtesy of XL Recordings.

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PROGRAM UNTITLED AMERICA (2016)

Choreography by Kyle Abraham Rehearsal Assistants: Tamisha Guy, Connie Shiau Music by Laura Mvula, Raime, Carsten Nicolai, Kris Bowers, and Traditional Costumes by Karen Young Lighting and Scenic Design by Dan Scully Sound Design by Sam Crawford Interviews produced by Kevin R. Frech, Logical Chaos Ghrai DeVore, Chalvar Monteiro, Jamar Roberts, Michael Jackson, Jr., Samantha Figgins, Belen Pereyra, Constance Stamatiou, Solomon Dumas, Jermaine Terry, Rachael McLaren, Sean Aaron Carmon, Megan Jakel The world premiere of Untitled America is made possible by Denise Littlefield Sobel and Tikkun Olam Foundation, Inc. The creation of Untitled America is supported by commissioning funds from New York City Center. Generous support is provided by Michele & Timothy Barakett, McGue Millhiser Trust, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. “Father, Father” Words and Music by Laura Pauline Amanda Mvula and (Steven James Brown). © Universal – Songs of Polygram International, Inc. on behalf of Universal Music Publishing LTD. (BMI) / 90% interest for the Territory. Performed by Laura Mvula. Recording courtesy of SME UK ltd. By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing. “No More My Lawd” Collected, adapted and arragned by Alan Lomax. TRO - © Copyright 1966 (Renewed) Ludlow Music, Inc., New York, NY. New York controls all publication rights for the USA and Canada. Used by Permission. “Passed Over Trail,” and “The Last Foundry” performed by Raime. Written and produced by Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead. © 2012 Blackest Ever Black. Used by permission of Embassy Music Corporation (BMI) o/b/o Mute Song Ltd. (PRS) All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured. "Xerrox Isola" Composed by Carsten Nicolai Edition (GEMA), c/o Downtown Music Publishing LLC. Edition Raster Norton. Used with permission. Original composition by Kris Bowers. "Show Me Love" written by Troy Miller and Laura Mvula. Published by Bucks Music Group Limited administered by Better Be Good / The Royalty Network, Inc and Universal Music Publishing Limited. Performed by Laura Mvula. Special thanks to Greenhope Services for Women, Inc. and The Fortune Society.

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

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Sean Aaron Carmon, Jacquelin Harris, Ashley Mayeux

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

Megan Jakel, 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

Michael Francis McBride, Elisa Clark, Collin Heyward, Sean Aaron Carmon Belen Pereyra, Renaldo Maurice, 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

Samuel Lee Roberts, Chalvar Monteiro, 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 Corporation, New York City.

All performances of Revelations are permanently endowed by a generous gift from Donald L. Jonas in celebration of the birthday of his wife, Barbara, and her deep commitment to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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BIOS ALL ABOUT AILEY Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents — and has reached millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings, and online platforms. In 2008, a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the Company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world” that celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage. When Mr. Ailey began creating dances, he drew upon his “blood memories” of Texas, the blues, spirituals, and gospel as inspiration, which resulted in the creation of his most popular and critically acclaimed work, Revelations. Although he created 79 ballets in his lifetime, Mr. Ailey maintained that his company was not exclusively a repository for his own work. Today the Company continues Mr. Ailey’s mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. In all, more than 235 works by more than 90 choreographers have been part of the Ailey company’s repertory. 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.

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 Awakening, Ella, In/Side, and The Hunt. In addition to expanding the Ailey repertory with works by artists as diverse as Kyle Abraham, Mauro Bigonzetti, Hope Boykin, Ronald K. Brown, Rennie Harris, Matthew Rushing, Paul Taylor, and Christopher Wheeldon, Mr. Battle has 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, Fla. 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 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 at The Art of Change, an initiative by the Ford Foundation. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and has addressed a number of highprofile 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 ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 29


BIOS 1972 and performed with the Company for 15 years. In 1988, he became the Company’s rehearsal director after serving as assistant rehearsal director for two years. A master teacher both on tour with the Company and in his native Japan, he served as choreographic assistant to Alvin Ailey and John Butler. In 1991, Mr. Chaya was named associate artistic director of the Company. He continues to provide invaluable creative assistance in all facets of its operations. 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, The Stack-Up, Episodes, Bad Blood, Hidden Rites, and Witness for the Company. At the beginning of his tenure as associate artistic director, Mr. Chaya restaged Ailey’s For ‘Bird’ — With Love for a Dance in America program titled Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Steps Ahead. In 2000, he restaged Ailey’s Night Creature for the Rome Opera House and The River for La Scala Ballet. In 2002, 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.

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, 30 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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 his contributions and commitment to civil rights and dance in America. When Mr. Ailey died on Dec. 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.”

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.


BIOS 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 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.

Fellow. Previous honors include being named a 2012 United States Artists Ford Fellow, a Creative Capital Fellow, and receiving a 2012 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. In 2010 he received a prestigious Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show, and a Princess Grace Award for Choreography. The previous year he was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2009. During the past several years, Mr. Abraham has created works for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Wendy Whelan’s Restless Creature, and has created multiple works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Most recently Mr. Abraham joined the illustrious faculty of UCLA’s World Arts Cultures/ Dance Department. In 2011 Out magazine labeled Mr. Abraham as the “best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama.” For more information, please visit abrahaminmotion.org.

MATTHEW RUSHING, REHEARSAL DIRECTOR AND GUEST ARTIST

MAURO BIGONZETTI received his dance training at the Rome Opera Ballet School, becoming a member of the Rome Opera Ballet in 1978. In 1982 he joined Aterballetto. Mr. Bigonzetti created his first work, Sei in movimento, in 1990. He has since choreographed for companies around the world. In 1997 Mr. Bigonzetti was named artistic director and principal choreographer of Aterballetto, a position he held until late 2007. He has since spent eight years focusing full time on choreography and maintaining his role as Aterballetto principal choreographer.

Matthew Rushing was born in Los Angeles. He began his dance training with Kashmir Blake in Inglewood, Calif., 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, where he danced for a year. During his career, Mr. Rushing has 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.

CHOREOGRAPHERS KYLE ABRAHAM (Pittsburgh, PA) is a 2016 Doris Duke recipient, 2015 City Center Choreography Fellow, and a 2013 MacArthur

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 London Times 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. BILLY WILSON (1935–94) was one of the most versatile and stylish forces in the worlds of dance and Broadway. After a celebrated commercial and classical ballet career dancing and living in Europe ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 31


BIOS for more than a decade, he returned to the United States to focus on choreographing. Mr. Wilson choreographed eight shows for Broadway; three of which garnered him Tony nominations (Bubbling Brown Sugar, Guys and Dolls, and Eubie!). In the '80s he created ballets, working extensively with Philadanco, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, while continuing to create in Europe and for television. The ballets Rosa, Mirage, and Concerto in F are among his most beloved creations. The Winter in Lisbon continues to celebrate Mr. Wilson’s spirit with its colorful tribute to the late Dizzy Gillespie’s music.

WHO'S WHO IN THE COMPANY HOPE BOYKIN (Durham, NC) is a threetime recipient of the American Dance Festival’s Young Tuition Scholarship. She attended Howard University and, while in Washington, D.C., performed with Lloyd Whitmore’s New World Dance Company. Ms. Boykin was a student and intern at The Ailey School. She was assistant to the late Talley Beatty and an original member of Complexions. Ms. Boykin was a member of Philadanco and received a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie). She has choreographed three works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Acceptance in Surrender (2005), in collaboration with fellow Ailey company members Abdur-Rahim Jackson and Matthew Rushing; Go in Grace (2008, for the Company’s 50th anniversary season) with music by the award-winning singing group Sweet Honey in the Rock; and r-Evolution, Dream. (2016), inspired by the speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with original music by Ali Jackson. Ms. Boykin joined the Company in 2000. JEROBOAM BOZEMAN (Brooklyn, NY) began his dance training under Ruth Sistaire at the Ronald Edmonds Learning Center. He later joined Creative Outlet, and was granted full scholarships at the Joffrey Ballet School and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Mr. Bozeman is a gold-medal recipient of the NAACP ACT-SO Competition in Dance. He performed in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Broadway musical Aida (international tour in China) and was a part of Philadanco, Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, and Ailey II. Mr. Bozeman joined the Company in 2013. SEAN AARON CARMON (Beaumont, TX) attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and later graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. He was a member of Elisa Monte Dance and subsequently originated 32 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

the role of Phaedra in the 2010 Tony Award–winning revival of La Cage aux Folles. Mr. Carmon also performed in the longest-running musical on Broadway, The Phantom of the Opera. He has appeared as a guest artist with the International Dance Association in Italy and with the Cape Dance Company in South Africa. As a choreographer and instructor, he creates original works and teaches master classes at high schools, universities, and companies, both nationally and internationally. Mr. Carmon joined the Company in 2011. ELISA CLARK (Brandywine, MD) received her early training from the Maryland Youth Ballet and earned her BFA from The Juilliard School, under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy. She was a founding member of Robert Battle’s Battleworks Dance Company from 2001–06, where she served as company manager. In addition, Ms. Clark was a member of Mark Morris Dance Group and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, as well as a dancer at the Metropolitan Opera, where she worked with Crystal Pite, among others. She has assisted Mr. Battle in the creations of Juba, Love Stories, and Awakening, here at Ailey, and currently stages his work nationwide. As a teacher, Ms. Clark has been on faculty at the American Dance Festival, taught numerous master classes throughout the world, and worked closely alongside Carolyn Adams. She is a 2008 Princess Grace Award winner. Ms. Clark joined the Company in 2013. SARAH DALEY (South Elgin, IL) began her training at the Faubourg School of Ballet in Illinois under the direction of Watmora Casey and Tatyana Mazur. She is a 2009 graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. Ms. Daley trained at institutions such as the Kirov Academy, National Ballet School of Canada, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and intensives at Ballet Camp Illinois and Ballet Adriatico in Italy. She is a recipient of a Youth America Grand Prix Award and an ARTS Foundation Award. She was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2011. GHRAI DeVORE (Washington, DC) began her formal dance training at the Chicago MultiCultural Dance Center and was a scholarship student at The Ailey School. She has completed summer programs at the Kirov Academy, Ballet Chicago, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Ms. DeVore was a member of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater 2, Hubbard Street 2, Dance Works Chicago, and Ailey II. She is a recipient of the Danish Queen Ingrid Scholarship of Honor and the Dizzy Feet


BIOS Foundation Scholarship, and she was a 2010 nominee for the first annual Clive Barnes Award. Ms. DeVore joined the Company in 2010.

He continues to teach workshops and master classes around the world. Mr. Gilmore joined the Company in 1997.

SOLOMON DUMAS (Chicago, IL) was introduced to dance through AileyCamp. He later began his formal training at the Chicago Academy for the Arts and the Russell Talbert Dance Studio, where he received his most influential training. Mr. Dumas studied at New World School of the Arts and was a fellowship Level 1 student at The Ailey School. He has performed with companies including Garth Fagan Dance; Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company; and Labyrinth Dance Theater and was a member of Ailey II. Mr. Dumas joined the Company in 2016.

JACQUELINE GREEN (Baltimore, MD) began her dance training at the Baltimore School for the Arts under the direction of Norma Pera, Deborah Robinson, and Anton Wilson. She is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. Ms. Green has attended summer programs at Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, Chautauqua Institution, Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She has performed works by a variety of choreographers, including Elisa Monte, Helen Pickett, Francesca Harper, Aszure Barton, Earl Mosley, and Michael Vernon. Ms. Green is the recipient of a 2014 Dance Fellowship from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA and is a 2015 Clive Barnes Award nominee. She is also the recipient of the 2009 Martha Hill Fund’s Young Professional Award and the 2010 Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship. She was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2011.

SAMANTHA FIGGINS (Washington, D.C.) began dancing at Duke Ellington School of the Arts under the tutelage of Charles Auggins and Sandra Fortune-Greene and attended summer intensives at Dance Theatre of Harlem under the direction of Arthur Mitchell. She continued her education at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. There she performed works by George Balanchine, Bill T. Jones, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp. Upon graduating cum laude, Ms. Figgins became a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, performing works by Dwight Rhoden, Jae Man Joo, and Camille A. Brown. She also performed at the 2014 DanceOpen Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ms. Figgins was featured on the cover of Dance Spirit magazine and in Pointe magazine’s “10 Careers to Watch” in 2013. She has worked with Beyoncé and can be seen in the film Enemy Within alongside Tiler Peck and Matthew Rushing. Ms. Figgins joined the Company in 2014. VERNARD J. GILMORE (Chicago, IL) began dancing at Curie Performing and Creative Arts High School in Chicago and later studied at the Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre with Harriet Ross, Marquita Levy, and Emily Stein. He attended Barat College as a dance scholarship recipient and received first place in the all-city NAACP ACT-SO Competition in Dance in 1993. He studied as a scholarship student at The Ailey School and was a member of Ailey II. In 2010 he performed at the White House Dance Series. Mr. Gilmore is an active choreographer for the Ailey Dancers Resource Fund and has choreographed for Fire Island Dance Festival 2008 and Jazz Foundation of America Gala 2010; he also produced the Dance of Light Project in January 2010. Mr. Gilmore is a certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre instructor.

DANIEL HARDER (Bowie, MD) began dancing at Suitland High School’s Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Maryland. He is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance, where he was awarded the Jerome Robbins/Layton Foundation Scholarship and participated in the Holland Dance Festival with the School and as a member of the Francesca Harper Project. Mr. Harder has worked with and performed works by Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Donald McKayle, Debbie Allen, and Christopher L. Huggins. After dancing in the European tour of West Side Story, Mr. Harder became a member of Ailey II. He joined the Company in 2010. JACQUELIN HARRIS (Charlotte, NC) began her dance training at Dance Productions Studios under the direction of Lori Long. Ms. Harris received a silver ARTS award from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts and was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts semifinalist. She has studied at Joffrey Ballet School and Jacob’s 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. She was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2014. COLLIN HEYWARD (Newport News, VA) began his training at the Academy of Dance and Gymnastics in Newport News under the direction of Linda Haas, and later at Denise Wall’s Dance Energy in Virginia Beach. Mr. Heyward ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 33


BIOS also attended several dance intensives, including Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, and has performed works by Sidra Bell, Francisco Martinez, Elisa Monte, and Scott Rink. He has made guest appearances with Company Stefanie Batten Bland and in the revival of E. Clement Bethel’s The Legend of Sammie Swain in Nassau, Bahamas. Mr. Heyward is also a featured dancer in the Fox Searchlight film Black Nativity. He graduated with honors from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance and was a member of Ailey II. Mr. Heyward joined the Company in 2014.

Davis. Mr. Maurice was a scholarship student at The Ailey School, has trained on scholarship at Ballet Chicago and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, and had an internship at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. In 2008 he received second place in modern dance from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and received the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship in 2009. In February 2012 Mr. Maurice was honored with the key to the city of Gary, Ind., his hometown. He was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2011.

MICHAEL JACKSON, JR. (New Orleans, LA) 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's 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.

ASHLEY MAYEUX (Houston, TX) began her dance training at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts and graduated cum laude with a BFA from SUNY Purchase. Ms. Mayeux continued her studies at the Dance Theatre of Harlem and went on to perform in the tour of the Broadway musical Aida. She has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Pointe magazine. From 2012 to 2016 Ms. Mayeaux was a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She joined the Company in 2016.

MEGAN JAKEL (Waterford, MI) trained in ballet and jazz in her hometown. As a senior in high school, she spent a year dancing with the City Ballet of San Diego. In 2005, Ms. Jakel was an apprentice and rehearsal director for the Francesca Harper Project. She graduated with honors in May 2007 from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. She was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2009. YANNICK LEBRUN (Cayenne, French Guiana) began training in his native country at the Adaclam School under the guidance of Jeanine Verin. After graduating high school in 2004, he moved to New York City to study at The Ailey School as a 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 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. RENALDO MAURICE (Gary, IN) began his dance training with Tony Simpson and is a graduate of Talent Unlimited High School. He attended the Emerson School for Visual and Performing Arts and studied with Larry Brewer and Michael 34 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

MICHAEL FRANCIS McBRIDE (Johnson City, NY) began his training at the Danek School of Performing Arts and later trained at Amber Perkins School of the Arts in Norwich, N.Y. 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 after he joined the Company in 2009. RACHAEL McLAREN (Manitoba, Canada), born and raised in Winnipeg, started her artistic journey on the piano at age 3. She began her formal dance training in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Recreational Division under the leadership of Jacqui Ladwig (Davidson) and artistic director David Moroni, C.M. Ms. McLaren continued her dance training at The Ailey School in New York under the direction of the late Denise Jefferson. She was a two-year member of the Toronto cast of the Broadway musical Mamma Mia!, and has danced with Ailey II, Armitage Gone! Dance, Nilas Martin’s dance company, and the Francesca Harper Project. She has performed works by Judith Jamison, Ronald K. Brown, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor, Twyla Tharp, Maurice Bejart, Rennie Harris,


BIOS and Aszure Barton, among others. Ms. McLaren joined the Company in 2008. CHALVAR MONTEIRO (Montclair, NJ) 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 BFA 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. AKUA NONI PARKER (Kinston, NC) began her professional dance training at the Academy of the Dance in Wilmington, Del. 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 has also danced professionally with the Cincinnati Ballet and Ballet San Jose. She 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 Ailey company, Ms. Parker has performed featured roles in Mr. Ailey’s Blues Suite, Night Creature, and Cry. She has also performed featured roles in Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort and Wayne McGregor’s Chroma. Ms. Parker joined the Company in 2008. DANICA PAULOS (Huntington Beach, CA) began her dance training at Orange County Dance Center in Southern California and also studied in Los Angeles with Yuri Grigoriev. She graduated from the Professional Performing Arts School in New York and trained at The Ailey School as a scholarship student. Ms. Paulos received a Level 1 Award as a YoungArts finalist by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. In 2015 she was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine as one of “25 to Watch.” Ms. Paulos was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2014. BELEN PEREYRA (Lawrence, MA) began her formal dance training at the Boston Arts Academy, where she graduated as valedictorian. She was also

a member of NIA Dance Troupe, at Origination Cultural Arts Center in Boston. Upon moving to New York City, Ms. Pereyra was closely mentored by Earl Mosley and danced with Camille A. Brown & Dancers for three years, during which time she performed at the Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Dancers Responding to AIDS’ annual events Dance From the Heart and The Fire Island Dance Festival. Ms. Pereyra 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. Ms. Pereyra joined the Company in 2011. JAMAR ROBERTS (Miami, FL) 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 Gemeos, set to the music of Afrobeat star Fela Kuti. Most recently, Mr. Roberts won Outstanding Performer at the prestigious New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards and was a guest star with London’s Royal Ballet. He first joined the Company in 2002. SAMUEL LEE ROBERTS (Quakertown, PA) began his dance training under the direction of Kathleen Johnston and attended The Juilliard School. He performed in the first international show of Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Mexico City and danced with the New York cast from 1999–2004. Mr. Roberts performed during the award ceremony at the 2002 Salt Lake City 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. 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. In 1997 Mr. Segawa came to the United States under the Japanese GovATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 35


BIOS ernment 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, NJ) began his classical dance training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Red Bank, N.J. He attended The Juilliard School under the artistic guidance of Benjamin Harkarvy. In 2004 Mr. Sims was the youngest person to be inducted into the Long Branch High School’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. He has been seen in several network television programs, including "BET Honors," "Dancing with the Stars," "The Today Show," and "So You Think You Can Dance." In 2010 Mr. Sims taught as a master teacher in Ravenna, Italy, for Dance Up Ravenna, sponsored by the International Dance Association, and performed in the White House Dance Series. He has performed for the king of Morocco and is a certified Zena Rommett FloorBarre instructor. Mr. Sims was featured on the cover of and wrote a featured guest blog for Dance Magazine. Recently he became a certified Pilates mat trainer. Mr. Sims joined the Company in 1997. LINDA CELESTE SIMS (Bronx, NY) began her dance training at Ballet Hispánico School of Dance and is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. In addition to a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Award, Mrs. Sims won Outstanding Performance at the 2014 New York Dance and Performance Awards (“The Bessies”). Featured on the cover of Dance Magazine, and in annual “Best of” lists, she has performed as a guest star on "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing with the Stars," and "The Today Show." Mrs. Sims has also made guest appearances at the White House Dance Series, Youth America Grand Prix, Vail International Dance Festival, and galas in Budapest and Vienna. She teaches classes around the world and is a certified Floor-Barre instructor. Most recently she has received the Inspiración Award from Ballet Hispánico. Mrs. Sims joined the Company in 1996. CONSTANCE STAMATIOU (Charlotte, NC) began her dance training at Pat Hall’s Dance Unlimited and North Carolina Dance Theatre. She 36 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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," and "The Today Show." Ms. Stamatiou has also danced in the films Shake Rattle & 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. Ms. Stamatiou first joined the Company in 2007 and rejoined in 2016. JERMAINE TERRY (Washington, DC) began his dance training in Kissimmee, Fla., at James Dance Center. He graduated cum laude with a BFA 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. In 2013 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from USF for outstanding service to the arts. Mr. Terry joined the Company in 2010. FANA TESFAGIORGIS (Madison, WI) is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance, with a minor in journalism. She begantraining at Ballet Madison, under the direction of Charmaine Ristow, and 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.

The Ailey dancers are supported, in part, by The Judith McDonough Kaminski Dancer Endowment Fund.


DESTINATION DANCE

a new 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 forty years, is proud to partner on this initiative with so many of the city’s wonderful arts and civic organizations including Atlanta Ballet, AREA, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Dance Canvas, the ELEVATE Festival, The Fox Theatre, the High Museum of Art, the Rialto Center for the Arts, and Spelman College. For more information about performances, classes/workshops, auditions, and more, please visit:

www.Destination.Dance

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TRUSTEES & STAFF ALVIN AILEY DANCE FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES Daria L. Wallach, Chairman Debra L. Lee, President Gina F. Adams, Stephen J. Meringoff, Arthur J. Mirante II, John H. Schaefer, Vice Chairmen Frank R. Ahimaz Eleanor S. Applewhaite Robert Battle Nicole A. Bernard Tia Breakley-China Sela Thompson Collins Linda Houston Jenny Ireland

Jaishri Kapoor Anthony S. Kendall Robert Kissane Ricki Lander Michelle Y. Lee Natasha Leibel Levine, M.D. Anthony A. Lewis Leslie L. Maheras

Doris Meister Stanley Plesent, Esq. Marylin L. Prince Bennett Rink Richard Speciale Marc S. Strachan Joan H. Weill Roger C. Williams, Jr.

Philip Laskawy, Harold Levine, Stanley Plesent, Esq., Joan H. Weill, Chairmen Emeriti Henry McGee, President Emeritus Simin N. Allison, Anthony M. Carvette, Kathryn C. Chenault, Guido Goldman, Bruce S. Gordon, 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 Kimberly T. Watson, Senior Director of Development ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER Matthew Rushing, Rehearsal Director Linda Celeste Sims, Assistant to the Rehearsal Director Dacquiri T’Shaun Smittick, Director of Production Isabelle Quattlebaum, 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 Zane Beatty, Master Electrician Russell J. Cowans IV, Sound Engineer Chris Theodore, Property Master Courtney Sauls, Assistant Company Manager Nicole A. Walters, Assistant Stage Manager Roya Abab, Associate Lighting Director Jesse Dunham and Katie Chihaby, Wardrobe Assistants 38 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Philip Lugo, Flyman Andrew Davila, Assistant Electrician Christina Collura, Performance and Production Project Manager David Claps, Production and Finance Associate Donald J. Rose, M.D., Director of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, Hospital for Joint Disease Shaw Bronner, Director of Physical Therapy Sheyi Ojofeitimi, Physical Therapist Kala Flagg, Physical Therapist North American Agent: Opus 3 Artists opus3artists.com International Agent: Askonas Holt Ltd. askonasholt.co.uk Lighting system provided by 4Wall Entertainment Touring sound system provided by Gibson Entertainment Services Domestic trucking services provided by Stage Call Corporation Alvin Ailey is a proud member of Dance/ USA, the national service organization for professional dance. Ailey Tour Merchandise and AileyShop.com are managed by The Araca Group www.AileyShop.com Website: AlvinAiley.org Facebook: AlvinAileyAmericanDanceTheater Instagram: @alvinailey


Join us for the 52nd running of the

Atlanta Steeplechase Benefiting Bert’s Big Adventure

APRIL 22, 2017  Horse racing  Tailgating  Lawn Party  Southern tradition

Order your tickets today – call 404-237-7436 or visit www.atlantasteeplechase.org General admission tickets available at Ticketmaster.com, . or charge-by-phone 800-745-3000.


ETIQUETTE 1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be seated until intermission. 2. Take care of personal needs (drinks of water or restroom) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience at the Fox via social media, but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances; the glow from your device is distracting. 4. Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theatre is never allowed as it is a distraction to those around you and a danger to the performers. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Dear Lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of the people behind you. Please consider the people that will be seated behind you when choosing whether or not to wear a hat or what hair style you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming, or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artist or show. 8. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag. 9. Go easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 10. If 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. Yes, 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. Wait until it is over and then exit with the rest of the audience.

THE FOX THEATRE 660 Peachtree Street, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30308 404.881.2100 • Www.foxtheatre.org

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. . . . . . Senior Director, Sales and Marketing Shannon Caudill. . . Director of Operations & Public Safety Lester Andrews. . . . . . . . . . Director of Information Systems Nancy Lutz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Shelly Kleppsattel. . . . . . . . . . Booking & Contract Manager William Renshaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . . . . Manager Ticket Sales and Service Jon Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guest Services Manager Shelby Moody . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Aly Knight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing Manager Laura Zimbrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Partnership Premium Seating Manager Amy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Production 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, Edward Hutchison, Walt Huntley, Craig Jones, Jay Myers, Glen Romm

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, Robert Minnear, Starr Moore, Joseph Myers, Edward Negri, Edgar Neiss, Joe Patten, Carl Patton, Sylvia Russell, Nancy Simms, Preston Stevens, Alan Thomas, Clyde Tuggle, Carolyn Wills

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Ins I st on makI ng a t o a s t. Enjo y l I f E t o t hE f ul l E s t thEr E arE no drE ss rE h Ea r s a l s . hav E y our st E ak and E at I t, t o o .

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE THEATER A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, with accommodations for 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The 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 located in the arcade entrance to the theatre. The Ticket Office is open for walkup ticket sales Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday,10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours prior to show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour prior to show time. Tickets for all performances at the Fox may be purchased online at www.FoxTheatre.org, all Ticket Alternative outlets and all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855-285-8499, or by 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. The Group Sales office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. 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 located in the Spanish Room and Accessible/Family restrooms are located through the Office door in the main lobby. GIFT SHOP The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theatre-related merchandise. The gift shop is located in the Spanish Room. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted Mondays and Thursdays at 10 AM, 11 AM, noon and 1 PM. Saturday tours are offered at 10 AM and 11 AM. Fox Theatre Tours are guided by Fox employees well-versed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards, and upcoming shows.   Tickets for Fox Theatre Tours 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 contact the Fox Theatre by calling 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.

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EMERGENCY INFORMATION In the event of an emergency, and for your safety, please follow the directions provided by the Fox Theatre staff. 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 require assistance during your visit to the Fox Theatre please seek out or ask for one of our Accessible Ambassadors. These staff members are attired in the traditional Fox Theatre uniform however also have gold braid and white gloves to make them easier to see. 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 needed or additional information on programs, please contact the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2119. TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call: 404-881-2016 Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM or on Saturday, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. A Fox Theatre Ticket Office Associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at www.foxtheatre.org. PROGRAMS PROVIDED Opened Captioning Performance Sponsored in partnership through TDF (Theatre Development Fund).

ELEVATORS Elevators are located at the north end of each lobby. The elevators are available during all performances and make it possible to access each lobby without the use of stairs. 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 parking lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the theatre. Not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/ performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance.   Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management, in conjunction with the wishes of the producers.   Please turn off all pagers and cell phones prior to the beginning of each performance.   Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited.   Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.)


Rowan Oak, an 1848 home purchased by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner in 1930, is named after the magical rowan tree of Celtic culture. It was here that Faulkner created such great American works of fiction as Absolom! Absolom!, As I Lay Dying, Light in August and A Fable. The University of Mississippi now owns the home, which is maintained as a memorial and an educational center.

Anything but Square C GRANT/VISIT CITRUS

There’s much more to Oxford than Ole Miss and Faulkner, including indie bookstores, great shopping and dining for all tastes. By Janet Roberts


A group of manatees is called “an aggregation” or, more commonly, “a herd.”

At night Oxford’s Courthouse Square reflects the vitality of a small city that has undergone a renaissance. The Square and its surrounding 10 blocks are the center of government, commerce, culture and entertainment here.

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ou love books, shopping and fine dining. Your travel partner digs music, Elvis and ribs. Are you doomed to vacation separately? Can this relationship be saved? It can, and in Oxford, Miss., of all places. You’ll each find plenty to keep yourselves occupied over a long weekend and might even find unexpected ways to share the other’s passions. Oxford is a college town and a county seat. It lacks the typical tourist attractions like beaches and casinos that pull travelers farther south to Biloxi and other Gulf of Mexico cities, but it doesn’t have the crowds, noise or frenetic pace that make a postvacation vacation necessary. You need just three or four days to get a handle on everything this uncommon small city offers.

The Square is one of the biggest draws in Oxford (population 21,000), the seat of Lafayette County in northern Mississippi and some 68 miles southeast of Memphis. It’s well worth the 4.5-hour drive. The Square and its surrounding 10 blocks have been the center of government, commerce and entertainment here for generations. It’s also a big draw for culture fans, gourmets, party animals and shopaholics. It does, as the saying goes, have something for everyone. The Square is central to Oxford’s renaissance as an arts hub, a transformation that began in the late 1970s. Unlike many other Southern cities, strip malls and suburban shopping centers have not yet drained the vitality from downtown. 44 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

VISIT OXFORD

Courthouse Square


If You Go Oxford today is known for its music, art, theater and literature — and for having a more liberal outlook than might be tolerated elsewhere in the state. It also has a college town feel, compliments of the University of Mississippi, aka Ole Miss, which is a walkable mile or so away. Shopping on the Square

Lace up those walking shoes. You’re going to spend a lot of time on your feet as you make your way up, over and around the downtown shopping district. Here are three must-sees: • Neilson’s. One of the nation’s oldest department stores dates to 1839. Neilson’s rules the east side of the Square, selling classic apparel for men, women and children, along with gifts, cosmetics and accessories. • Square Books. This prospering independent bookstore has spawned nearby offshoots called Off Square and Square Books Jr. for children. It holds more than 150 book events annually and has an excellent collection of local and regional authors along with best-sellers, the mid-list gems that booksellers really want you to read and much more. • My Favorite Shoes. Shoe lovers could spend an entire day here and not see everything the store stocks. We ended up with a handbag crisis, unable to choose from among the six or eight that called our name. We can’t remember why, given the prices, we just didn’t buy them all. Accommodations

Oxford has a full complement of franchise lodgings, especially along Jackson Avenue West, but three intown hotels give you a better sense of place. • On campus. We parked ourselves for four days in a room at the Inn at Ole Miss. Did we say “room?” We meant “party suite,” catering to football weekends when the festivities begin early in the morning and continue with tailgate parties in the fabled Grove a short walk away. A perk at the Inn: Alumni families sponsor each room, often sharing some of their favorite décor. • Near the Square. Two newer hotels put you closer to downtown. The Graduate ($139 and up) is part of a collection of upscale/casual hotels in college towns nationwide. The elegant Chancellor’s House ($285 and up) is accepting reservations beginning in early March.

•D  riving distance: 330 miles (about 4.5 hours). •H  ow to get there quickly: Take I-20 west to I-65 north at Birmingham, then I-22 west to U.S. 278 to Oxford. •V  ia the scenic route: Take U.S. 278 from Atlanta to Hamilton, Ala., and head west on I-22 for a few miles before picking up U.S. 278 again. This route adds 50 miles and an hour to your drive. •E  stimated cost: We stayed at the Inn at Ole Miss, where rooms range from $109 to $129 (higher for suites). Other options include newer boutique like the Graduate and the Chancellor’s House ($285 and up). With at least one upscale meal a day plus attraction admissions, a threeday weekend would cost $1,000-$1,600.

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The End of All Music is a vinyl collector’s dream, especially if that collector is into blues and R&B. USA Today and others consider it one of the top independent music stores in the country. Square Books (top right) is a prospering indie bookstore with two offspring — Off Square, and Square Books Jr. for kids.

Finding Faulkner

Some 25,000 literary pilgrims make annual visits to this little city, where the shadow of William Faulkner gets most of the attention, but a new generation of writers — fiction, nonfiction and poetry — calls the Oxford area home. Even if you’ve never cracked a novel (The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying) that won Faulkner the Nobel, Pulitzer and National Book Award prizes, you should take time to prowl the grounds of Rowan Oak, his home place. Pay the $5 admission, too, to roam inside his antebellum home. Listen closely, and you may hear his lawn chair creak in the side yard or the door to his liquor cabinet click shut.

Yes, you can sing the blues here. Oxford is a stop on the Mississippi Blues Trail, known for “hill country” blues music. Besides being a source of full-time study, research and publishing (at Ole Miss’ Center for the Study of Southern Culture and its Living Blues magazine), Oxford is home to Fat Possum Records, an independent label that counts many blues legends on its artist roster, names such as Cedell Davis, Ann Peebles and Townes Van Zandt. If you can’t make a live performance, go record-digging at The End of All Music, which sells new and used vinyl. You’ll find a deep selection of blues and R&B. A few hours rooting through the bins here — one of the top independent music stores in the country according to USA Today and others — will make your music-loving travel buddy deliriously happy. If you’re really into the blues, bookmark the list of historic markers along the Blues Trail (msbluestrail.org/ blues_marker_list) and take a marker-spotting drive in the countryside around Oxford. 46 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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FROM TOP: The rooftop bar at the Graduate offers ambient lighting and views of the city; dessert at City Grocery changes with the season; a side trip to Tupelo rewards you with all things Elvis, including a statue of the King at age 13.

Dining on and off the Square

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You could take a day and drive the 90 minutes or so to Memphis and Graceland, but we suggest a detour to Tupelo on your way back to Atlanta, to visit the place where the King was born. A few decades ago, Elvis’ neighborhood was made of modest homes. Back then we found the white, two-room house with a Mississippi Historic Site marker out front, parked on the street, put a donation in the yellow plastic bucket on the front porch and walked in. We were alone except for the elderly attendant out front. Today, the house remains but not the neighborhood. In its place is the Elvis Presley Birthplace, with — hold onto your blue suede shoes — an event center, museum, gift shop, theater, memorial chapel, gardens, an outdoor timeline of Elvis’ life and even the Assembly of God church he attended as a child. You can walk the grounds for free; a tour ($17) covers every single one of the buildings. 48 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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Oxford’s reputation as a dining destination began to grow in 1992, on the day chef John Currence opened City Grocery, putting a modern twist on Southern classics in what once was a livery stable. Today City Grocery is the flagship of a six-restaurant group that offers food and drink almost around the clock, starting with Big Bad Breakfast and ending with the oyster bar that goes to midnight at Snackbar. The Rib Cage is a classic college dive. If ribs are your travel partner’s thing and not yours, try the quail dinner ($15.99) or a sampler plate with tenderloin, kielbasa and pulled pork ($22.99).


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ESTABLISHMENT — In tribute to Southern fare, Establishment’s kitchen cultivates a traditional array of Georgia classics and original creations such pimiento cheese with bourbon bacon marmalade, hot boiled peanut hummus, venison “buckshot” meatballs, and one very special entree, an 1845 custom cut aged Delmonico steak served campfirestyle with parmesan rosemary truffle fries. Craft cocktails and regional beers. 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 517 in Colony Square, 404.347.5291, establishmentatlanta.com. M LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR — It’s hard to beat the location (across from the Fox Theatre in the Georgian Terrace), and diners get complimentary parking, but the main attraction is the glamour of the main dining room, which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable, and the al fresco 50 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

seating area. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404.897.5000, livingstonatlanta.com. M LOBBY — The menu at this sophisticated American restaurant focuses on seasonal fare. In the lobby of TWELVE Atlantic Station. 361 17th St. NE, 404.961.7370, lobbyattwelve.com, M

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DINING GUIDE AMERICAN

ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN — Dine on fresh, seasonal American cuisine in a clublike atmosphere near Piedmont Park. 559 Dutch Valley Road, 404.892.4111, onemidtownkitchen.com. M PACES & VINE — The team behind intown Murphy’s expands to Vinings Jubilee with classic American comfort food crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Shared plates, fish, steaks. Wine-centric bar with craft cocktails. Weekday lunch, weekend brunch and dinner menus by celebrated Atlanta chef Ian Winslade (Murphy’s, W hotels, Bluepointe). 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 404.205.8255, pacesandvine.com. V

SOHO’s tempura calamari with a ginger-soy glaze.

TWO URBAN LICKS — “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404.522.4622, twourbanlicks.com. M 52 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSE

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE — A favorite local steakhouse with multiple locations near shopping and entertain-

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ment hot spots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Four locations: Alpharetta, 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, 770.777.1500; Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Road NE, 404.365.0660; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St. NW, 404.223.6500; Kennesaw, 620 Chastain Road NW, 770.420.1985; ruthschris.com. A, B, D SOUTH CITY KITCHEN — With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Three locations: Buckhead: 3350 Peachtree Rd #175, 404.815-6677; Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave., 404.873.7358; Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Parkway, 770.435.0700, southcitykitchen. com. B, M, V STK ATLANTA — STK blends a chic lounge and a dynamic fine-dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. Midtown: 1075 Peachtree St., NE (at 12th St.); 404.793.0144, togrp.com/ venue/stk-atlanta. M

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SOHO — American-style bistro offers fish and seafood, beef, game and poultry, with gluten-free lunch and dinner options, plus their specially-priced Cobb Energy Centre theater menu will get you in and out with plenty of time to make the performance; just show your tickets to your server. Different weekly “wine and tapas” flights debut each Wednesday night. Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 770.801.0069, sohoatlanta.com. V


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DINING GUIDE BREWPUB/ GOURMET PUB FARE

GORDON BIERSCH — Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. For a small additional fee, pre-show diners can leave cars in the lot while they’re at the Fox Theatre. Two locations: Midtown: 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404.870.0805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Road NE, 404.264.0253, gordonbiersch.com. M, B TAP — A gastropub offering easy-to-share pub fare and an extensive beer selection. The patio is a great place to chill after work. 1180 Peachtree St. NE, 404.347.2220, tapat1180.com. M

CREOLE/CAJUN

COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS — Bayou fare, plus steak, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Fresh desserts and pastries from the Cheesecake Bakery. Live Jazz Sunday brunch buffet. A favorite gathering spot for Saints fans. Libations include the “Pontchartrain Beach” martini. Lunch, brunch, dinner. Takeout available. 3101 Cobb Parkway, 770.612.3311, copelandsatlanta. com. V PARISH — New Orleans-inspired dishes served with a modern twist and a fully stocked raw bar. A N’awlins-inspired brunch is served on weekends. Downstairs, a takeaway market sells sandwiches, spices, pastries and beverages. 240 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.681.4434, parishatl.com. OFW

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ECCO — Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a best new restaurant in America. It’s received raves for its wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 7th St. NE, 404.347.9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M

ITALIAN

DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE — At Phipps Plaza in the heart of Buckhead. 3500 Peachtree Road NE, 404.844.4810, davios.com/atl. B 54 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

LA TAVOLA — Neighborhood hub for classic Italian comfort food has a cozy, exposedbrick interior & a back patio. 992 Virginia Ave. NE, 404.873.5430, latavolatrattoria. com. M MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY — Specializing in Italian-American cuisine — and lots of it — in a classy-casual setting. Pick a booth for an intimate date night, or go big; this place is good for kids and groups. Takeout available at all locations. Buckhead: 3368 Peachtree Road, 404-816-9650; Cumberland Mall: 1601 Cumberland Mall, 770-799-1580; Perimeter Mall: 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, 770-804-3313. maggianos.com B, NA, P

MEXICAN

ALMA — A refreshing approach to contemporary Mexican cuisine. Bright, fresh ingredients and traditional regional influences come together with other Latin American flavors in vibrant dishes that feel familiar and new all at once. 191 Peachtree St. NE, 404.968.9662, alma-atlanta.com. D EL TACO — An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and tasty margaritas. 1186 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.873.4656, eltaco-atlanta.com.VH

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LURE — A modern interpretation of a classic fish house with a focus on seasonality and freshness. 1106 Crescent Ave., 404.817.3650. lure-atlanta.com. M

VEGAN

HERBAN FIX — With a mission to share the best fusion vegan cuisine with local residents, businesses and visitors, Herban Fix offers a fusion vegan menu to let you experience the most iconic food throughout different parts of Asia. Taking inspiration from various cuisines, the menu at Herban Fix is carefully crafted and plated and all the dishes are designed for sharing. Ingredients are premium select, organic, fresh and aimed at good health as well as great taste. 565-A Peachtree Street NE, 404.815.8787. M


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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.

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

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Watch what’s under your feet — that’s not just any old carpeting Chances are you’ve never given the floor of the Fox Theatre much thought. We’re thinking you might want to pay a bit more attention to the patterns beneath your feet. You are, in fact, walking on a woven bit of history. Here’s what we mean:

• The design of the theater carpet has symbols that represent the Shriners, who once owned the building, and theater founder William Fox. • Sheep from New Zealand and Scotland produced the wool mixture that is part of the carpet. • Bloomsburg Carpet Industries in Pennsylvania custom-made the Fox Theatre’s auditorium, gallery and Egyptian Ballroom carpets. They cover more than an acre of space. • The Egyptian Ballroom’s original carpeting was made in Ireland. • Bloomsburg Carpet Industries also produced the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Senate’s carpeting. 58 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

• The Fox replaces it carpet every 18 to 20 years. • A recent carpet installation took 21 days and more than 900 people hours to complete. • In January, carpet was installed in the gallery section of the auditorium, covering the original linoleum flooring so it looks uniform with the rest of the theater. This is the first time since opening day in 1929 that carpet has covered this section of the auditorium. • Additional carpeting is always ordered for the Fox’s attic stock in case repairs are needed for existing carpeting. • The yarn was processed and dyed in North Georgia and woven in Pennsylvania.

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• The Fox Theatre carpet design is based on photographs and a sample of the original carpet installed in 1929.


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