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ODE (2019)

Choreography by Jamar Roberts Rehearsal Associate: Marion-Skye Brooke Logan Music by Don Pullen Scenic Design by Libby Stadstad Costumes by Jamar Roberts Lighting by Brandon Stirling Baker Ode is a flower on the graves of the innocent victims of gun violence and a meditation on the beauty and fragility of life. Jeroboam Bozeman, Chalvar Monteiro, Yannick Lebrun, Michael Jackson, Jr., Renaldo Maurice, Solomon Dumas The world premiere of Ode is made possible with generous support from Simin N. Allison, Judith McDonough Kaminski & Joseph Kaminski, Denise Littlefield Sobel, Daria L. & Eric J. Wallach, Tracy Elise Poole and The Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn & Nicolas Rohatyn New Works Endowment Fund.

The creation of Ode is supported by commissioning funds from New York City Cente

“Suite (Sweet) Malcolm, (Part 1 Memories and Gunshots)” by Don Pullen, published by Songs of Uni Inc. on behalf of Andredon Music Co., copyright © 1975

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Alvin Ailey, Founder Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita

Robert Battle, Artistic Director Matthew Rushing, Associate Artistic Director COMPANY MEMBERS Hope Boykin Jeroboam Bozeman Clifton Brown Khalia Campbell Patrick Coker Sarah Daley-Perdomo Ghrai DeVore-Stokes Solomon Dumas Samantha Figgins James Gilmer Vernard J. Gilmore

Jacqueline Green Jacquelin Harris Michael Jackson, Jr. Yazzmeen Laidler Yannick Lebrun Renaldo Maurice Corrin Rachelle Mitchell Chalvar Monteiro Akua Noni Parker Danica Paulos BelĂŠn Indhira Pereyra Ronni Favors, Rehearsal Director

Jessica Amber Pinkett Miranda Quinn Jamar Roberts Kanji Segawa Glenn Allen Sims Linda Celeste Sims Courtney Celeste Spears Constance Stamatiou Jermaine Terry Christopher R. Wilson Brandon Woolridge

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, EHE Health, Ford Foundation, Fund II Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Hearst Foundations, M&T Bank/Wilmington Trust, New York City Center, Prudential, Related Companies, The SHS Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Southern Company, The Wallace Foundation, and Wells Fargo.

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6 | encore THURSDAY, FEB. 20, 2020, at 8 PM and

SATURDAY, FEB. 22, 2020, at 8 PM DIVINING (1984) Choreography by Judith Jamison Restaged by Masazumi Chaya and Matthew Rushing Music by Kimati Dinizulu and Monti Ellison Original Costumes by Masazumi Chaya Costumes by Andy Kay Original Lighting by Chenault Spence Lighting by Timothy Hunter Seeking: Jacquelin Harris Resting: Jacquelin Harris, Samantha Figgins, Danica Paulos, Chalvar Monteiro, Christopher R. Wilson Moving On: Jacquelin Harris, Samantha Figgins, Ghrai DeVore-Stokes, Belén Indhira Pereyra, Danica Paulos, Chalvar Monteiro, Renaldo Maurice, Christopher R. Wilson, Khalia Campbell, Michael Jackson, Jr. This new production of Divining is made possible with generous support from Michele & Timothy Barakett, The Red Moose Charitable Fund, and The Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey - Sara & Bill Morgan New Works Endowment Fund. Support for this production was provided, in part, by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Original composition by Kimati Dinizulu and Monti Ellison.

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(1971) Choreography by Alvin Ailey Restaged by Masazumi Chaya Choreography coaching by Judith Jamison and Donna Wood Sanders 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. Jacqueline Green 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.

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ODE (2019) Choreography by Jamar Roberts Rehearsal Associate: Marion-Skye Brooke Logan Music by Don Pullen Scenic Design by Libby Stadstad Costumes by Jamar Roberts Lighting by Brandon Stirling Baker Ode is a flower on the graves of the innocent victims of gun violence and a meditation on the beauty and fragility of life. Jeroboam Bozeman, Chalvar Monteiro, Yannick Lebrun, Michael Jackson, Jr., Renaldo Maurice, Solomon Dumas The world premiere of Ode is made possible with generous support from Simin N. Allison, Judith McDonough Kaminski & Joseph Kaminski, Denise Littlefield Sobel, Daria L. & Eric J. Wallach, Tracy Elise Poole and The Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn & Nicolas Rohatyn New Works Endowment Fund. The creation of Ode is supported by commissioning funds from New York City Center. “Suite (Sweet) Malcolm, (Part 1 Memories and Gunshots)” by Don Pullen, published by Songs of Universal, Inc. on behalf of Andredon Music Co., copyright © 1975

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The Company in Jamar Roberts's Ode. Photo by Paul Kolnik


8 | encore THURSDAY, FEB. 20, 2020, at 8 PM

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

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Christopher R. Wilson, Hope Boykin, Samantha Figgins

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

Akua Noni Parker, Yannick Lebrun

Fix Me, Jesus

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

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

Renaldo Maurice, Jessica Amber Pinkett, Michael Jackson, Jr., Jeroboam Bozeman Belén Indhira Pereyra, Vernard J. Gilmore, Jacqueline Green

Wade in the Water

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

Clifton Brown

I Wanna Be Ready

Music arranged by James Miller+

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

Jeroboam Bozeman, 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 Corp., New York City.

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

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SATURDAY, FEB. 22, 2020, at 8 PM

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

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Kanji Segawa, Samantha Figgins, Courtney Celeste Spears

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

Constance Stamatiou, Clifton Brown

Fix Me, Jesus

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

TAKE ME TO THE WATER Patrick Coker, Jessica Amber Pinkett, James Gilmer, Brandon Woolridge

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

Jacquelin Harris, Renaldo Maurice, Khalia Campbell

Wade in the Water

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

Yannick Lebrun

I Wanna Be Ready

Music arranged by James Miller+

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

Brandon Woolridge, Christopher R. Wilson, Chalvar Monteiro

The Day Is Past and Gone

The Company

You May Run On

The Company

Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham

The Company

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

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

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


10 | encore FRIDAY, FEB. 21, 2020, at 8 PM and

SUNDAY, FEB. 23, 2020, at 7:30 PM OUNCE OF FAITH (2019) Choreography by Darrell Grand Moultrie Rehearsal Associate: Amy Hall Garner Music by various artists Text spoken by Darrell Grand Moultrie Costumes by Mark Eric Lighting by Mark Stanley I Khalia Campbell & The Company II Vernard J. Gilmore Jeroboam Bozeman Christopher R. Wilson III Hope Boykin Michael Jackson, Jr. Jacquelin Harris Patrick Coker Danica Paulos IV The Company Leadership support for the world premiere of Ounce of Faith is provided by The Pamela D. Zilly and John H. Schaefer New Works Endowment Fund. The world premiere of Ounce of Faith is made possible with major support from Judith McDonough Kaminski & Joseph Kaminski, Denise Littlefield Sobel, Tai & Calvin Wingfield, and The Ellen Jewett & Richard L. Kauffman New Works Endowment Fund. Generous support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Darrell Grand Moultrie, Harlem born and raised, has carved out an impressive career that seamlessly weaves his choreographic talents through multiple genres. A graduate of PS 144, Boys & Girls Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, LaGuardia High School of Music and Arts, and The Juilliard School, Mr. Moultrie is a proud recipient of the 2007 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award. He has created works for Ailey II, Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Atlanta Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, BalletMet Columbus, BalletX, Cincinnati Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Nashville Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Richmond Ballet, Smuin Ballet, and NBA Ballet in Japan. The versatility of Mr. Moultrie’s talent has led him to collaborate with hoofers Savion Glover and Marshall Davis Jr., and composer Louis York. Theatrical credits include: Invisible Thread (Second Stage Theater); Kill Move Paradise (National Black Theatre); Sugar in Our Wounds (Manhattan Theatre Club); Witness Uganda (American Repertory Theater); and Evita and Pride and Prejudice (Kansas City Repertory Theater). International credits include the opera El Público at Teatro Real in Madrid and contributing choreographer to Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter Show world tour. Ms. Gwendolyn McLoud…thank you for believing in so many of us. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” performed by Aisha Jackson & Dante Hawkins. “Logo Talk”, composed by Wynton Marsalis and Yacub Addy, performed by Wynton Marsalis, Yacub Addy, Odadaa!, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. “Where and When” by Wynton Marsalis. Original composition by Chuck Harmony. “Bellhead” by Liquid Liquid, licensed courtesy of Domino Publishing Company Ltd.

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GREENWOOD (2019) Before it was destroyed, the segregated Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma – known as “Black Wall Street” – was one of the most affluent Black communities in the country. That all changed on May 30, 1921, when an incident occurred in the elevator of a local office building; nobody truly knows what happened but a young Black man was arrested for attempted assault on a White teenaged girl. The next day, a newspaper report about the arrest incited an armed White mob, and things quickly escalated. Over the next day, the mob grew in size and burned much of the neighborhood to the ground, killing as many as 300 Black people, and leaving another 10,000 homeless. Afterwards, the Tulsa Race Massacre was quickly erased from the nation’s memory, but the story has resurfaced with the event’s centennial coming up in 2021. Learn more at AlvinAiley.org/blog Choreography by Donald Byrd Rehearsal Associates: Mikhail Calliste, Derek Crescenti, Stephanie Guiland, Jamal Story Music by various artists Sound by Robertson Witmer Costumes by Doris Black Lighting by Jack Mehler Jacqueline Green, Danica Paulos, Vernard J. Gilmore, Clifton Brown, Ghrai DeVore-Stokes, Solomon Dumas, Jacquelin Harris, Yannick Lebrun, Jeroboam Bozeman, Michael Jackson, Jr., James Gilmer, Samantha Figgins, Patrick Coker, Miranda Quinn The world premiere of Greenwood is made possible with generous support from an Anonymous donor and the Fred Eychaner New Works Endowment Fund. Donald Byrd founded Donald Byrd/The Group in 1978, which toured extensively nationally and internationally before closing in 2002. He was named artistic director of Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle in December 2002, He studied at Tufts and Yale Universities, The Cambridge School of Ballet, the London School of Contemporary Dance, and The Ailey School. Since 1976, Mr. Byrd has created more than 80 works for The Group, Spectrum, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and many other major modern dance companies in the United States and abroad. Best known for The Harlem Nutcracker, a reworking of the Christmas classic, he also choreographed for numerous stage productions, including for the New York Shakespeare Festival and New York City Opera. He has taught across the country and was a Fellow at the Institute on the Arts & Civic Dialogue at Harvard for three years. Mr. Byrd was appointed to the Seattle Arts Commission in July 2003. Original compositions “Pulsation Voices”, “Ominous” and “With Pianos” created by Emmanuel Witzthum; Original compositions “In The Last Light” and “Known Things” created by Emmanuel Witzthum and Craig Tattersall; “Move Members Move” by Harold Courlander; “My Soul Is A Witness” by Austin Coleman with Joe Washington Brown & Group.

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12 | encore FRIDAY, FEB. 21, 2020, at 8 PM

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

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Kanji Segawa, Jessica Amber Pinkett, Samantha Figgins

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

Ghrai DeVore-Stokes, Yannick Lebrun

Fix Me, Jesus

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

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

Chalvar Monteiro, Yazzmeen Laidler, Christopher R. Wilson, Solomon Dumas Constance Stamatiou, , Jamar Roberts, Akua Noni Parker

Wade in the Water

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

Vernard J. Gilmore

I Wanna Be Ready

Music arranged by James Miller+

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

Michael Jackson, Jr., Jermaine Terry, Solomon Dumas

The Day Is Past and Gone

The Company

You May Run On

The Company

Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham

The Company

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

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

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

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SUNDAY, FEB. 23, 2020, at 7:30 PM

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

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Patrick Coker, Yazzmeen Laidler, Corrin Rachelle Mitchell

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

Sarah Daley-Perdomo, 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

Chalvar Monteiro, Miranda Quinn, Brandon Woolridge, James Gilmer Samantha Figgins, Jeroboam Bozeman, Khalia Campbell

Wade in the Water

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

Michael Jackson, Jr.

I Wanna Be Ready

Music arranged by James Miller+

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

James Gilmer, Christopher R. Wilson, Kanji Segawa

The Day Is Past and Gone

The Company

You May Run On

The Company

Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham

The Company

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

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

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


14 | encore SATURDAY, FEB. 22, 2020, at 2 PM and

SUNDAY, FEB. 23, 2020, at 3 PM BUSK (2009, Ailey premiere 2019) Choreographed and Directed by Aszure Barton Staged by Jonathan Alsberry Music by various artists Costumes by Michelle Jank Lighting and Stage Design by Nicole Pearce Khalia Campbell, Patrick Coker, Ghrai DeVore-Stokes, Solomon Dumas, Samantha Figgins, James Gilmer, Jacquelin Harris, Yazzmeen Laidler, Corrin Rachelle Mitchell, Chalvar Monteiro, Jessica Amber Pinkett, Courtney Celeste Spears, Brandon Woolridge Created by Aszure Barton & Artists in 2009, BUSK was conceived at The Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara during a residency hosted by Dianne Vapnek’s DANCEworks. The work was then further developed in residency at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Alberta, Canada). BUSK, in its original form, is an evening-length work. BUSK was originally made possible by generous support from DANCEworks, The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and the Ringling International Arts Festival, with John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in association with the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Additional support also provided by White Oak Conservation Center, the Howard Gilman Foundation and The Canada Council for the Arts. Leadership support for the Company premiere of BUSK is provided by Melinda & Paul Pressler and Pamela D. Zilly & John H. Schaefer. Aszure Barton received her formal dance training from Canada’s National Ballet School, where she helped originate the Stephen Godfrey Choreographic Showcase as a student. She has been creating dances for more than 25 years and has collaborated with celebrated dance artists and companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Teatro alla Scala, English National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Nederlands Dans Theater, National Ballet of Canada, Martha Graham Dance Company, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Sydney Dance Company, and Houston Ballet, among others. Her works have been performed on countless international stages including the Palais Garnier, Mariinsky Theater, The Kennedy Center, The Alicia Alonso Grand Theater, and Lincoln Center. She has received accolades and honors including the prestigious Arts & Letters Award, joining the ranks of Oscar Peterson, Karen Kain, and Margaret Atwood. She was the first Martha Duffy resident artist at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and is an official ambassador of contemporary dance in Canada. She is the founder of Aszure Barton & Artists, an inter-disciplinary international dance project. As an educator, Ms. Barton is regularly invited to collaborate with and give workshops at universities and art institutions around the globe. “Euridice”, words and music by Marcus Vinicius da Cruz de M. Morales, copyright © Universal Music – MGB Songs (ASCAP); “Ett Bondbrollop”, composed by August Soderman; “Plume” by Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin, from the album Vjola: World of Four Strings, Kapustnik Records, Copyright © 2006; “Kung Liljekonvalje”, composed by Camille Saint-Saëns; “Queen Elizabeth Whistle” and “All is loneliness”, written by Louis T. Hardin, used by special arrangement with Concord Music, Inc., on behalf of Prestige Music. All Rights Reserved; “Queen Elizabeth Whistle”, composed by Moondog; “All is loneliness”, composed by Moondog; “Amusements”, composed by Daniel Belanger; “Salterelle”, composed by Camille Saint-Saëns

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CITY OF RAIN (2010, Ailey premiere 2019)

Choreography by Camille A. Brown Rehearsal Associates: Mayte Natalio, Mora-Amina Parker, Willie “Tre” Smith III, Maleek Washington Music by Jonathan Melville Pratt Costumes by Mayte Natalio Lighting by Burke Wilmore Tears flow, creating oceans of love and heartache. I wish my friend was still here. I miss his laugh, heart, and smile. Praying that he is finally at peace. Our friendship will last forever. Solomon Dumas, Patrick Coker, Jeroboam Bozeman, Christopher R. Wilson, Belén Indhira Pereyra, Jacquelin Harris, Courtney Celeste Spears, Jacqueline Green, Jessica Amber Pinkett, Danica Paulos The Company premiere of City of Rain is made possible with major support from American Express. Camille A. Brown is founder and artistic director of her Bessie Award-winning company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, and the recipient of a Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, five Princess Grace Awards, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, United States Artists Award, Doris Duke Artist Award and TED Fellowship, among others. Her theater credits include the Tonynominated Choir Boy (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations); the Tony-winning revival of Once on This Island (Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Chita Rivera nominations), The Fortress of Solitude (Lortel nomination), TONI STONE (AUDELCO nomination), Much Ado About Nothing (AUDELCO nomination, SDCF Awards finalist), BELLA: An American Tall Tale (AUDELCO award) and the Emmy-winning Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC, among others. She is the choreographer for Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf (The Public Theater) and made her choreographic debut for the the Metropolitan Opera’s Porgy & Bess this fall. She is the choreographer for Thoroughly Modern Millie (New York City Center Encores). This spring, she will make her directorial debut for Ain’t Misbehavin at Westport Playhouse, CT. Original composition entitled “Two Way Dream” composed by Jonathan Melville Pratt.

— PAUSE — A CASE OF YOU (2004, Ailey premiere 2005) Choreography by Judith Jamison Restaging by Hope Boykin and Jamar Roberts Assistant to the Choreographer: Clifton Brown Music by Joni Mitchell; Performed by Diana Krall Costumes by Jon Taylor Lighting by Al Crawford

Originally created as a birthday tribute for Joan Weill in 2004. First public performance as part of Reminiscin’ in 2005. Hope Boykin, Clifton Brown “A Case of You” written by Joni Mitchell (ASCAP) – Joni Mitchell Publishing Corp. (ASCAP)© 1972 Joni Mitchell Publishing Corp. All rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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16 | encore SATURDAY, FEB. 22, 2020, at 2 PM

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

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Patrick Coker, Yazzmeen Laidler, Corrin Rachelle Mitchell

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

Sarah Daley-Perdomo, 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

Chalvar Monteiro, Miranda Quinn, Brandon Woolridge, James Gilmer Samantha Figgins, Jeroboam Bozeman, Khalia Campbell

Wade in the Water

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

Yannick Lebrun

I Wanna Be Ready

Music arranged by James Miller+

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

James Gilmer, Christopher R. Wilson, Kanji Segawa

The Day Is Past and Gone

The Company

You May Run On

The Company

Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham

The Company

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

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

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

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SUNDAY, FEB. 23, 2020, at 3 PM

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

I Been ’Buked

Music arranged by Hall Johnson*

Christopher R. Wilson, Miranda Quinn, Yazzmeen Laidler

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

Patrick Coker, Jessica Amber Pinkett, Christopher R. Wilson, Brandon Woolridge Danica Paulos, Solomon Dumas, Courtney Celeste Spears

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

Jermaine Terry

I Wanna Be Ready

Music arranged by James Miller+

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

Michael Jackson, Jr., James Gilmer, Chalvar Monteiro

The Day Is Past and Gone

The Company

You May Run On

The Company

Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham

The Company

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

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

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


18 | encore ABOUT THE COMPANY

When Alvin Ailey and a small group of African-American dancers took the stage on March 30, 1958, at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, the engagement was for one night only, but it turned out to be the start of a new era in the arts. Mr. Ailey envisioned a company dedicated to enriching the American modern dance heritage and preserving the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience. He became one of the trailblazers of modern dance, and the work of his Company grew to encompass education, community outreach, and cultural diplomacy. To date, the Company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents—as well as millions more through television, film, and online. More than 270 works by over 100 choreographers have been part of the Ailey repertory. In 2008, a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the Company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world.” Before his untimely death in 1989, Mr. Ailey named Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years, she brought the Company to unprecedented success. Ms. Jamison, in turn, personally selected Robert Battle to succeed her in 2011, and The New York Times declared he “has injected the company with new life.” Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gratefully acknowledges The Joan & Sandy Weill Global Ambassador Fund, which provides vital support for Ailey’s national and international tours.

ALVIN AILEY FOUNDER

and dance in America. When Mr. Ailey died on December 1, 1989, The New York Times said of him, “you didn’t need to have known [him] Alvin Ailey was born on Jan. 5, 1931, in Rogers, personally to have been touched by his humanity, Texas. His experiences of life in the rural South enthusiasm, and exuberance and his courageous would later inspire some of his most memorable stand for multi-racial brotherhood.” works. He was introduced to dance in Los Angeles by performances of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo ROBERT BATTLE and the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR and his formal dance training began with an introduction to Lester Horton’s classes by his friend Robert Battle became artistic director of Alvin Carmen de Lavallade. Horton, the founder of one Ailey American Dance Theater in July 2011 of the first racially-integrated dance companies in after being personally selected by Judith Jamison, the United States, became a mentor for Mr. Ailey making him only the third person to head the as he embarked on his professional career. After Company since it was founded in 1958. Mr. Horton’s death in 1953, Mr. Ailey became director Battle has a longstanding association with the of the Lester Horton Dance Theater and began Ailey organization. A frequent choreographer and to choreograph his own works. In the 1950s and artist-in-residence at Ailey since 1999, he has set 60s, Mr. Ailey performed in four Broadway shows, many of his works on Alvin Ailey American Dance including House of Flowers and Jamaica. In 1958, Theater and Ailey II, and at The Ailey School. The he founded Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Company’s current repertory includes his ballets to carry out his vision of a company dedicated to Ella, In/Side, Mass. In addition to expanding the enriching the American modern dance heritage Ailey repertory with works by artists as diverse as and preserving the uniqueness of the African- Ronald K. Brown, Rennie Harris, Jessica Lang, and American cultural experience. He established Wayne McGregor, Mr. Battle has also instituted the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center (now the New Directions Choreography Lab to help The Ailey School) in 1969 and formed the Alvin develop the next generation of choreographers. Ailey Repertory Ensemble (now Ailey II) in 1974. Mr. Battle’s journey to the top of the modern dance Mr. Ailey was a pioneer of programs promoting world began in the Liberty City neighborhood of arts in education, particularly those benefiting Miami, Florida. He showed artistic talent early underserved communities. Throughout his and studied dance at a high school arts magnet lifetime he was awarded numerous distinctions, program before moving on to Miami’s New including the Kennedy Center Honor in 1988 World School of the Arts, under the direction of in recognition of his extraordinary contribution Daniel Lewis and Gerri Houlihan, and finally to to American culture. In 2014, he posthumously the dance program at The Juilliard School, under received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy, where he met country’s highest civilian honor, in recognition of his mentor, Carolyn Adams. He danced with The his contributions and commitment to civil rights Parsons Dance Company from 1994 to 2001, Atlanta’s Historic Fox Theatre | foxtheatre.com


encoreatlanta.com and also set his choreography on that company starting in 1998. Mr. Battle then founded his own Battleworks Dance Company, which made its debut in 2002 in Düsseldorf, Germany, as the U.S. representative to the World Dance Alliance’s Global Assembly. Battleworks subsequently performed extensively at venues, including The Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, American Dance Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Mr. Battle was honored as one of the “Masters of African-American Choreography” by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2005, and he received the prestigious Statue Award from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA in 2007. He has honorary doctorates from The University of the Arts and Marymount Manhattan College. Mr. Battle was named a 2015 visiting fellow for The Art of Change, an initiative by the Ford Foundation. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and has addressed a number of high-profile organizations, including the United Nations Leaders Programme and the UNICEF Senior Leadership Development Programme.

MATTHEW RUSHING ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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

Matthew Rushing was born in Los Angeles, California. He began his dance training with Kashmir Blake in Inglewood, California, and later continued his training at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He is the recipient of a Spotlight Award and a Dance Magazine Award and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He was a scholarship student at The Ailey School and later became a member of Ailey II. During his career Mr. Rushing performed as a guest artist for galas in Vail, Colo., as well as in Austria, Canada, France, Italy and Russia. He has performed for Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as at the 2010 White House Dance Series. During his time with the Company, he has choreographed three ballets: Acceptance in Surrender (2005), a collaboration with Hope Boykin and Abdur-Rahim Jackson; Uptown (2009), a tribute to the Harlem Renaissance; and ODETTA (2014), a celebration of “the queen of American folk music.” In 2012 he created Moan, BENNETT RINK which was set on Philadanco and premiered at The EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Joyce Theater. Mr. Rushing joined the Company in 1992, became rehearsal director in 2010, and Bennett Rink became exec-utive director of Alvin Associate Artistic Director in 2020. Ailey Dance Foundation in 2013. Mr. Rink first joined Ailey as manager of special events in JUDITH JAMISON 1994, became development director in 1998, and ARTISTIC DIRECTOR EMERITA then worked as senior director of development Judith Jamison joined Alvin Ailey American and external affairs from 2007 to 2012. In his Dance Theater in 1965 and quickly became an tenure overseeing Ailey’s development, Mr. Rink


20 | encore led a $75 million capital campaign supporting Ailey’s first permanent home, The Joan Weill Center for Dance which opened in 2005, and established an endowment to support major program areas. When the Company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008, Mr. Rink supervised an 18-month celebration, including events, promotions, collaborations, and special performances, bringing public awareness of the Ailey organization to new heights. Mr. Rink also oversaw “The Next Step Campaign,” which grew the organization’s endowment to $50 million. As executive director, Mr. Rink launched a fiveyear strategic plan in 2014 to realize Robert Battle’s creative vision, expand Ailey’s educational offerings, and enhance technology to extend the reach of the organization. Central to the plan has been the expansion of The Joan Weill Center for Dance, which attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year. In the fall of 2017, Ailey unveiled the Center’s Elaine Wynn and Family Education Wing, providing much-needed additional studios and classroom space to meet the growing demand for Ailey’s programs. The building now comprises 87,000 square feet and is the largest destination for dance in New York City. Mr. Rink also conceived The Campaign for Ailey’s Future, a $50 million initiative to support the Center’s expansion and the ongoing implementation of other long-range strategic priorities. During Mr. Rink’s tenure, the Company deepened its presence in New York City by establishing a spring season at Lincoln Center to complement its New York City Center winter season, while also extending its role as America’s “Cultural Ambassador to the World” with tours to Africa, Europe, and South America. In order to reach audiences beyond live performances, the Company has broadened its commitment to creating film and digital content, including its first-ever theatrical movie release as part of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance. Mr. Rink is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds a B.F.A. in theater.

director of the Camp. She is the founding director of Children’s Aid AileyCamp New York and provided guidance in the national implementation of the AileyCamp programme. In 1997, Ms. Favors was named assistant rehearsal director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and was its rehearsal director from 1999 to 2010. She worked with local dance students who performed in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as in Seattle, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Chicago, Kansas City and New York. Most recently, she set Alvin Ailey’s Night Creature on TU Dance and Oregon Ballet Theatre. Ms. Favors rejoined the company as rehearsal director in 2019.

RONNI FAVORS REHEARSAL DIRECTOR

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. During the fall of 2016 Mr. Bozeman performed as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet, and Dance

Ronni Favors is from Iowa City, Iowa. After studying at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, with the Camp Scholarship, she continued her training at The Ailey School as a Fellowship student. Ms. Favors was a member of Ailey II, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and a recipient of the Min-On Art Award. Ms.Favors was the ballet instructor at the 1989 inaugural session of AileyCamp in Kansas City and served as artistic

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 the Company: Acceptance In Surrender (2005), in collaboration with fellow Ailey company members AbdurRahim 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 was selected as a 2018–19 Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Fellowship Candidate. Find Ms. Boykin on Twitter and Instagram at hbdance and Facebook as HopeBoykinDance. Ms. Boykin joined the Company in 2000.


encoreatlanta.com Magazine nominated him as one of “25 to Watch” in 2018. Mr. Bozeman was recently featured in Bud Light's NFL 100 commercial as the Bud Knight. He has been featured in publications like Vanity Fair, Dance Magazine, Double Magazine, and The New York Times. Mr. Bozeman joined the Company in 2013. Instagram: @Jeroboamb

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where he apprenticed with Ailey II in his final year. After graduation, he spent a year dancing for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and then went on to join Jessica Lang Dance for three seasons. He has also performed with The Mark Morris Dance Group in The Hard Nut and L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, and BODYTRAFFIC. Mr. Coker CLIFTON BROWN (Goodyear, AZ) began his joined the Company in 2019. Find him on dance training at Take 5 Dance Academy and Instagram @pcoke. continued in the first class of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. Mr. Brown began his SARAH DALEY-PERDOMO (South Elgin, IL) professional career when he joined the Ailey began her training at the Faubourg School of company in 1999 and served as choreographic Ballet in Illinois under the direction of Watmora assistant to Judith Jamison. He has also danced Casey and Tatyana Mazur. She is a 2009 graduate with Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance and Lar of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. Lubovitch Dance Company, and was a founding Mrs. Daley-Perdomo trained at institutions such member and rehearsal director for Jessica Lang as the Kirov Academy, National Ballet School Dance. He was nominated in the U.K. for a of Canada, The San Francisco Conservatory of Critics Circle National Dance Award for Best Dance, and intensives at Ballet Camp Illinois Male Dancer and received a Black Theater and Ballet Adriatico in Italy. She is a recipient Arts Award as well as a New York Dance and of a Youth America Grand Prix Award and an Performance Award (Bessie). As a guest artist ARTS Foundation Award. She was a member of Mr. Brown has performed with Miami City Ailey II and joined the Company in 2011. Ballet, Rome Opera Ballet, Nevada Ballet, and Parsons Dance Company. He has set the work GHRAI DeVORE-STOKES (Washington, of Alvin Ailey, Earl Mosley, and Jessica Lang on D.C.) began her formal dance training at the various companies around the world. Television Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center and was appearances as a guest artist include So You Think a scholarship student at The Ailey School. She You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars. He has completed summer programs at the Kirov has had the privilege of performing at the White Academy, Ballet Chicago, Deeply Rooted Dance House for President Obama. Mr. Brown rejoined Theater, American Ballet Theatre, and Alonzo the Company in 2017. King LINES Ballet. Ms. DeVore-Stokes was a member of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, KHALIA CAMPBELL (Bronx, NY) is a Deeply Rooted Dance Theater 2, Hubbard Street graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School 2, Dance Works Chicago, and Ailey II. She has of Music & Art and Performing Arts. She began received the Danish Queen Ingrid Scholarship her formal dance training at Uptown Dance of Honor and the Dizzy Feet Foundation Academy. Ms. Campbell also studied at Dance Scholarship, and she was a 2010 nominee for the Theatre of Harlem and as a scholarship student first annual Clive Barnes Award. Ms. DeVoreat The Ailey School. In 2012 Ms. Campbell was Stokes joined the Company in 2010. a part of the international tour of the musical Aida. She has performed with Kymera Dance, SOLOMON DUMAS (Chicago, IL) was Dance Iquail, and in the 40th anniversary of The introduced to dance through AileyCamp. He later Wiz at Summerstage. Ms. Campbell also danced began his formal training at The Chicago Academy as a guest artist with Richard Siegal’s Ballet of for the Arts and the Russell Talbert Dance Studio, Difference in Munich, Germany. In 2016 she where he received his most influential training. was featured in the Christian Dior commercial Mr. Dumas studied at New World School of the for the fragrance Poison. She was a member of Arts and was a fellowship Level 1 student at The Ailey II and joined the Company in 2018. Ailey School. He has performed with companies including Garth Fagan Dance; Ronald K. Brown/ PATRICK COKER (Chester, VA) grew up in a Evidence, A Dance Company; and Labyrinth military family stationed in many places across Dance Theater and was a member of Ailey II. Mr. the country. He was awarded the American Ballet Dumas joined the Company in 2016. Theatre's National Trainee Scholarship from 2008 to 2010. In May 2014 Mr. Coker graduated magna SAMANTHA FIGGINS (Washington, D.C.) cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, began dancing at Duke Ellington School of the Arts


22 | encore 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 both 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. JAMES GILMER (Pittsburgh, PA) trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School. After graduating, he performed with Texture Con-temporary Ballet and joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2011. While dancing with the Cincinnati Ballet for six seasons, Mr. Gilmer was promoted to Soloist in 2015 and performed works by George Balanchine, Septime Webre, Ohad Naharin, Val Caniparoli, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Edwaard Liang, Jennifer Archibald, Amy Seiwert, and Victoria Morgan, to name a few. Mr. Gilmer was also a member of Amy Seiwert's Imagery, performing during the summer seasons since 2013 and of ODC/dance, performing works by Brenda Way, KT Nelson, and Kate Weare. Mr. Gilmer joined the company in 2019. Instagram: @j_gilmer VERNARD J. GILMORE (Chicago, IL) began his training at Curie Performing and Creative Arts High School in Chicago under Diane Holda. He later studied at the Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater with Harriet Ross, Marquita Levy, and Emily Stein. He received first place in the all-city NAACP ACT-SO competition in 1993. He attended Barat College under scholarship and tutelage of Rory Foster and Eileen Cropley. He then studied as a scholarship student at The Ailey School and was a member of Ailey II. In 2010 he performed as part of the White House Dance Series. Mr. Gilmore is a choreographer whose work has been a part of the Ailey Dancers Resource Fund, Fire Island Dance Festival 2008, Jazz Foundation of America Gala 2010, and he produced the Dance Of Light project in 2010 and 2015. An excerpt of Mr. Gilmore’s work La Muette was performed in 2017 as part of the

“Celebrating the Men of Ailey” program. Nimbus Dance Works performed a new work by Mr. Gilmore in 2018. Mr. Gilmore is a certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre instructor. He teaches workshops and master classes around the world. Mr. Gilmore joined the Company in 1997. JACQUELINE GREEN (Baltimore, MD) began her dance training at the age of 13 at the prestigious Baltimore School for the Arts. She is a 2011 cum laude graduate of the Ailey/ Fordham BFA Program under the direction of Denise Jefferson. During that time she also received training at the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, the Chautauqua Institution for Dance, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. In her career she has performed works by a wide range of choreographers, including Wayne McGregor, Jiří Kylián, Elisa Monte, Ronald K. Brown, and Kyle Abraham. In 2016 she performed as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet. Ms. Green is a 2018 Bessie nominee for sustained achievement with the Company, a 2014 Dance Fellowship recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, a 2015 Clive Barnes Award nominee, a 2009 recipient of the Martha Hill Fund’s Young Professional Award, and a 2010 recipient of the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship. In 2018 she performed on BET’s Black Girls Rock honoring Judith Jamison. She was a member of Ailey II in 2010 and joined the Company in 2011. 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. Most recently she received a 2017 dance fellowship from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. She was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2014. MICHAEL JACKSON, JR. (New Orleans, 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 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.

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encoreatlanta.com YAZZMEEN LAIDLER (Miami, FL) graduated from New World School of the Arts. She trained at Mrs. Traci Young-Bryon’s Young Contemporary Dance Theatre and The Ailey School summer intensive. Ms. Laidler received her B.F.A. from University of the Arts and was a company member of Eleone Dance Theatre. Ms. Laidler is the 2016 award-winning Pennsylvania Choreographer, setting work for Pennsylvania Ballet II. She has performed works by Jae Man Joo, Dwight Rhoden, Tommie WaheedEvans, Doug Varone, Juel D. Lane, and Darrell Moultrie, to name a few choreographers. She has performed as a guest artist with Owen/ Cox Dance and is a former company member of Ailey II. She is thrilled to be joining the company this season.

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2011 and rejoined in 2019. Find Mr. Maurice on Facebook at Maurice Gardner and Instagram at r_maurice25.

CORRIN RACHELLE MITCHELL (Baltimore, MD) began her dance training in her hometown at LeRe’s Performing Arts Center, owned by her mother and father. She attended Baltimore School for the Arts where she trained with Norma Pera and Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell. Ms. Mitchell graduated from Point Park University in 2017 with a B.F.A. in dance where she worked with choreographers Troy Powell, Garfield Lemonius, and Debbie Allen. After completing one year of apprenticeship, Ms. Mitchell joined Ailey II in 2017 where she performed works choreographed by Uri Sands, Bradley Shelver, Troy Powell, Robert Battle, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Amy YANNICK LEBRUN (Cayenne, French Guiana) Hall. Ms. Mitchell joined the Company in 2019. began training in his native country at the Instagram: @corrinrachellemitchell Adaclam School under the guidance of Jeanine Verin. After graduating high school in 2004, he CHALVAR MONTEIRO (Montclair, NJ) began moved to New York City to study at The Ailey training at Sharron Miller’s Academy for the School as a scholarship student. Mr. Lebrun Performing Arts and went on to study at The has performed works by choreographers Troy Ailey School. He received his BFA in Dance Powell, Debbie Allen, Scott Rink, Thaddeus from SUNY Purchase, where he performed Davis, Nilas Martins, Dwight Rhoden, and works by Merce Cunningham, Helen Pickett, Francesca Harper. He was named one of Dance Doug Varone, Dianne McIntyre, Kevin Wynn, Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2011, and, in and Paul Taylor. Since graduating Mr. Monteiro 2013, France-Amérique magazine highlighted has worked with Sidra Bell Dance New York, him as one of the 50 most talented French in the Elisa Monte Dance, Keigwin + Company, United States. In November 2016 Mr. Lebrun BODYTRAFFIC, and most extensively with was a guest performer with The Royal Ballet in Abraham.In.Motion. He assisted Kyle Abraham Wayne McGregor’s Chroma. In 2019 Mr Lebrun in setting and creating work for Barnard College, choreographed his first work for Ailey II entitled Princeton University, Emory University, NYU Saa Magni Mr. Lebrun was a member of Ailey II Tisch School of the Arts, Alvin Ailey American and joined the Company in 2008. Dance Theater, and Wendy Whelan’s Restless Creature. In April 2019 Mr. Monteiro was RENALDO MAURICE (Gary, IN) began his selected to participate in Merce Cunningham dance training with Tony Simpson and graduated Trust’s Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event. He from Talent Unlimited High School. He attended was in Ailey II and joined the Company in 2015. Emerson School for Visual and Performing Arts, To see more personal and creative interests follow studying with Larry Brewer and Michael Davis. Mr. Monteiro on Instagram at chlvrmntro. Mr. Maurice was a scholarship student at The Ailey School, Ballet Chicago, and Deeply Rooted AKUA NONI PARKER (Kinston, NC) began Dance Theater, and interned at Martha Graham professional dance training at the Academy of School of Contemporary Dance. He received the Dance in Wilmington, Delaware. After second place in modern dance from the National graduating high school she joined Dance Theatre Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and of Harlem, where she performed principal roles received the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship. in George Balanchine’s Agon, Serenade, and The In 2012 he was honored with the key to the city Four Temperaments, as well as the title role in of his hometown Gary, Indiana, and named a Michael Smuin’s St. Louis Woman. Ms. Parker state representative. Mr. Maurice incorporated was also a company member with the Cincinnati his passion for dance with social responsibility as Ballet and Ballet San Jose, and had the honor the co-artistic director of the South Shore Dance of being the first African-American ballerina to Alliance in Indiana. He was a member of Ailey dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in Ballet II for three years and joined the Company in San Jose’s The Nutcracker. Since joining the


24 | encore Company in 2008, Ms. Parker has performed featured roles in Mr. Ailey’s Blues Suite, Night Creature, Masekela Langage, The River, and Cry. She has also performed featured roles in Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, and the title role in Geoffrey Holder’s Prodigal Prince. To see Ms. Parker’s outside projects and interests, follow her on Instagram at onlyupward. DANICA PAULOS (Huntington Beach, CA) began dance training at Orange County Dance Center and continued studying at world renowned institutions such as The Juilliard School, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Kirov Academy of Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Yuri Grigoriev School of Ballet, and The School at Jacob’s Pillow. Ms. Paulos graduated from the Professional Performing Arts School in New York, where she trained at The Ailey School as a scholarship student. Ms. Paulos is a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Level 1 YoungArts finalist award winner. In addition to originating several roles and being featured in the Company’s repertory, Ms. Paulos is also very passionate about her role as photographer for the Company’s Instagram account, sharing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of Ailey dancers. She has modeled and been featured in Elle Magazine, Double Magazine, Refinery29, and graced the cover of Dance Magazine, where she was named one of “25 to Watch” in 2015. She was a member of Ailey II prior to joining the Company in 2014. BELÉN INDHIRA PEREYRA (Lawrence, MA) began training at Boston Arts Academy, where she graduated as valedictorian, and was a member of NIA Dance Troupe at Origination Cultural Arts Center. 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 has been featured in Dance Magazine, Island Origins Magazine, Boston Magazine, and the Improper Bostonian. Ms. Pereyra is a certified SAFE® FLOOR coach. She assisted Matthew Rushing with Uptown for the Company in 2009 and joined in 2011.

JESSICA AMBER PINKETT (Baltimore, MD) began her dance training at Baltimore Dance Tech under the direction of Stephanie Powell. Ms. Pinkett is a proud graduate from George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. She is a bronze medal recipient from the NAACP ACT-SO competition in Dance. Ms. Pinkett has worked with choreographers including Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Kirven DouthitBoyd, Ray Mercer, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and others. She has performed as a guest artist with The Black Iris Project and was a member of Ailey II. From Towson University, she graduated with honors and earned a B.F.A. in dance performance and choreography. Ms. Pinkett has been featured in campaigns for Coach, Equinox Hotels and Jesus Christ Superstar. Ms. Pinkett joined the company in 2018. Instagram: @jessica.a.pinkett MIRANDA QUINN (Baltimore, MD) trained in various genres of dance from the ages of two to 18 at Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts under the artistic direction of Shannon Torres. Ms. Quinn recently graduated from The Juilliard School while under the newly appointed direction of Alicia Graf Mack. Her attendance at the school was made possible by the Jerome L. Grene Fellowship. She has had the privilege to work in creation processes with Austin McCormick, Aszure Barton, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Roy Assaf, and Stephanie Batten Bland. She has also had the opportunity to perform repertory of Nacho Duato, Merce Cunningham, and Alejandro Cerrudo. Ms. Quinn is beyond thrilled and honored to become part of the Ailey family and legacy. 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 Gêmeos, set to the music of Afrobeat star Fela Kuti. His first work for the Company, Members Don’t Get Weary, premiered in 2017. Mr. Roberts won Outstanding Performer at the prestigious New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards and was a guest star with London’s Royal Ballet. He first joined the Company in 2002 and was named the first Ailey resident choreographer in 2019.

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encoreatlanta.com KANJI SEGAWA (Kanagawa, Japan) began 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 U.S. under the Japanese Government Artist Fellowship to train at The Ailey School. Mr. Segawa was a member of Ailey II from 2000–02 and Battleworks Dance Company from 2002–10. Mr. Segawa worked extensively with choreographer Mark Morris from 2004–11, repeatedly appearing 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 worked closely with choreographer Jessica Lang since 1999, assisting her on new creations for American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and The National Ballet of Japan among others, and staging her work on companies, universities and schools around the world. Mr. Segawa joined the Company in 2011. GLENN ALLEN SIMS (Long Branch, NJ) began classical dance training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, and was a scholarship student to The Ailey School’s Summer Intensive. Mr. Sims attended The Juilliard School under Benjamin Harkarvy. In 2004 Mr. Sims was the youngest person to be inducted into the Long Branch High School’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. He has been featured on several network television programs, including BET Honors, Dancing with the Stars, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and So You Think You Can Dance. Mr. Sims is a master teacher, certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre instructor, and certified pilates mat instructor. He has performed as an international guest artist for galas in Rome, Italy, and Mexico City, Mexico, as well as the White House Dance Series and for the king of Morocco. Mr. Sims was featured on the cover of and wrote a featured guest blog for Dance Magazine. He has originated featured roles by Carmen de Lavallade, Judith Jamison, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Mauro Bigonzetti, Rennie Harris, and Ronald K. Brown. Mr. Sims joined the Company in 1997. LINDA CELESTE SIMS (Bronx, NY) began training at Ballet Hispánico School of Dance and graduated from LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. She has won Arts Recognition in 1994, Outstanding Performance at the 2014 Bessie Awards, received the 2016 Inspiración Award from Ballet Hispánico, received the 2017 Dance Magazine Award and was honored this year at BAAD’s 20th Anniversary. Ms. Sims has been featured in Dance Magazine, New York Amsterdam News, Refinery29 and on So You Think

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You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Mo'Nique Show, LIVE with Kelly and Michael, and The Today Show. Ms. Sims has appeared at the White House Series, Youth America Grand Prix, Vail International Dance Festival, Evidence Dance Company; galas in Budapest, Vienna and Rome; and has originated roles by Judith Jamison, Donald Byrd, Alonzo King, Dwight Rhoden, Ronald K. Brown, Mauro Bigonzetti, Jennifer Muller, Karole Armitage, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Rennie Harris, Christopher L. Huggins, and Azure Barton. She teaches master classes worldwide and is a certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre instructor. Ms. Sims joined the Company in 1996 and is the Assistant to the Rehearsal Director. COURTNEY CELESTE SPEARS (Baltimore, MD) of Bahamian descent, began formal training at the Baltimore School for the Arts under the direction of Norma Pera. She is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, where she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in dance and communications. Ms. Spears has attended summer intensives at The Juilliard School, Cedar Lake, and American Ballet Theatre, where she was named the National Training Scholar for two consecutive years. She has performed works by Ray Mercer, Jae Man Joo, Rennie Harris, Jessica Lang, and Dwight Rhoden. She was recognized on the cover of Howard Magazine as a “Rising Young Star” and received The Denise Jefferson Memorial Scholarship. Ms. Spears is the recipient of a 2015 Dance Fellowship from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA and is the founder and director of ArtSea Dance, an outreach program and dance management company based in the Bahamas. She was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2018. Find Ms. Spears on Instagram @bahamaballerina. CONSTANCE STAMATIOU (Charlotte, NC) began her dance training at Pat Hall’s Dance Unlimited and North Carolina Dance Theatre. She graduated from NorthWest School of the Arts and studied at SUNY Purchase before becoming a fellowship student at The Ailey School. In 2009 Ms. Stamatiou received the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the performing and visual arts. She performed at the White House Dance Series and has been a guest performer on So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Logo’s Trailblazer Honors, and The Today Show. Ms. Stamatiou has also danced in the films Shake Rattle & 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


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Members of the Company. Photo by Andrew Eccles.

Calouche & Co. She is a certified Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis instructor and a mother of two. Follow her on Instagram at constancestamatiou. Ms. Stamatiou first joined the Company in 2007 and rejoined in 2016. JERMAINE TERRY (Washington, D.C.) began his dance training in Kissimmee, Florida, at James Dance Center. He graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. in dance performance from the University of South Florida, where he received scholarships for excellence in performance and choreography. Mr. Terry was a scholarship student at The Ailey School and a member of Ailey II, and he has performed with Buglisi Dance Theatre, Arch Dance, Dance Iquail, and Philadanco and as a guest artist on the television show So You Think You Can Dance. In 2013 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from USF for outstanding service to the arts. He has made costumes for the Company, Ailey II, Philadanco, Jessica Lang Dance, and The Black Iris Project, to name a few. His evening wear designs have been in Essence online as well as shot by the late Bill Cunningham for the style section of The New York Times. Mr. Terry joined the Company in 2010. Please follow Mr. Terry on Instagram at Jerms83. CHRISTOPHER R. WILSON (Augusta, GA) is a graduate of John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School and most recently graduated cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. He has studied at Colton Ballet School, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and The School at Jacob’s

Pillow. He began his professional career with BHdos, the second company of Ballet Hispánico and has performed at The World Monument Fund's Hadrian Gala honoring Queen Sofía of Spain as well as the 2017 Essence Festival in New Orleans. He has performed works by choreographers Matthew Rushing, Kyle Abraham, Emily Molnar, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Eduardo Vilaro, to name a few. He has performed as a guest artist with The Black Iris Project and was a member of Ailey II. Mr. Wilson joined the Company in 2018. Follow his tour and dance adventures @christopher.r.wilson on Instagram. BRANDON WOOLRIDGE (Spring Hill, FL) began his dance training at John Leggio’s Center for the Performing Arts at age 11 in his hometown, where he first learned about the Company’s legacy through Ailey Arts In Education. He graduated from F.W. Springstead High School and performed in a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre. Mr. Woolridge trained at The Ailey School as a scholarship student where he performed works by choreographers Ronald K. Brown, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Earl Mosley, and Troy Powell and appeared in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria during Ailey’s 60th Anniversary season at New York City Center. He was briefly a member of Ailey II before joining the Company in 2019.

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

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

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

Ronni Favors, Rehearsal Director Jamar Roberts, Resident Choreographer Linda Celeste Sims, Assistant to the Rehearsal Director Clifton Brown, Assistant to the Rehearsal Director Eric D. Wright, General Manager Isabelle Mezin, Director of Company Business Affairs Gregory Stuart, Company Manager Joseph Anthony Gaito, Technical Director Kristin Colvin Young, Production Stage Manager Al Crawford, Lighting Director Jon Taylor, Wardrobe Supervisor DJ Adderley, Master Carpenter Marq Gonzalez, Master Electrician Jason McGuire, Sound Engineer Chris Theodore, Property Master Sumaya Jackson, Assistant Company Manager Chelsea Gillespie, Assistant Stage Manager Roya Abab, Associate Lighting Director Dante Baylor, Wardrobe Assistant Katie Chihaby, Wardrobe Assistant Jorge Lanuza, Flyman/Assistant Carpenter Henry Wilen, Assistant Electrician Michael Windham, Production and Licensing Administrator Michelle Grazio, Administrator of Company Business Affairs

Donald J. Rose, M.D., Director of the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, NYU Langone Health Shaw Bronner, Director of Physical Therapy Sheyi Ojofeitimi, Physical Therapist Kala Flagg, Physical Therapist TOURING CONTACTS North American Agent OPUS 3 ARTISTS • opus3artists.com International Agent ASKONAS HOLT LTD. • askonasholt.co.uk PRODUCTION CREDITS 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. Dancers appear at the courtesy of the American Guild of Musical Artists. Alvin Ailey crew members belong to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. AILEY TOUR MERCHANDISE Ailey Tour Merchandise and AileyShop.com are managed by The Araca Group • www.AileyShop.com Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Phone: (212) 405-9000 AlvinAiley.org facebook.com/AlvinAileyAmericanDanceTheater Instagram: @alvinailey


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

www.Destination.Dance

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

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

DEVELOPMENT Justin Garlinghouse, Managing Director of Development AILEY EXTENSION Caryn Campbell, Director of Patron Engagement Lisa Johnson-Willingham, Director of Ailey Extension MARKETING Thomas Cott — Senior Director of Marketing and Creative Content Larae J. Ferry, Deputy Director of Marketing Lynette P. Rizzo, Associate Director of Marketing Liad Baniel, Art Director Erica Hochstedler, Editorial Content Manager Alana Harper, Digital Marketing Manager Jennifer Fyall, Marketing Manager Jordan James, Marketing Manager Judith Service Montier, Marketing Consultant PUBLIC RELATIONS Christopher Zunner, Director of Public Relations Tracy Severe, Public Relations Manager ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER Eric D. Wright, General Manager Isabelle Mezin, Director of Company Business Affairs Gregory Stuart, Company Manager AILEY II Troy Powell, Artistic Director of Ailey II Fana Fraser, Rehearsal Director Isabelle Mezin, Director of Company Business Affairs Nicole Greene, Company Manager THE AILEY SCHOOL Tracy Inman, Co-Director of The Ailey School and Director of the Professional Division Melanie Person, Co-Director of The Ailey School and BFA Program Director

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

Courtney Celeste Spears leads students in a Revelations Workshop at NCCHR, 2020. Photo by G. Paras Photography


30 | etiquette 1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be seated until intermission. 2. Take care of personal needs (water, restroom use) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cellphones, beepers and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience via social media but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances. The glow from your device is distracting. 4. Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theater is never allowed. It distracts those around you and endangers the performers. 5. 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 those behind you. Please consider those seated behind you when choosing whether to wear a hat or what hairstyle you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artists 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. Please wait until the bows are over and 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. William Renshaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.F.O. Jamie Vosmeier. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VP of Sales and Marketing Nancy Lutz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Lucy Lawler-Freas . . . . . . . . . . Director of Programming Shelly Kleppsattel. . . . . . Booking & Contract Manager Faustina Brooks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . Director of Events & Public Safety David Simpson. . . . . Director of Ticket Sales & Service Shelby Moody. . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Aly Knight Grubb. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Marketing Andrew Chatwood. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing Manager Amanda Blank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Media Manager Lauralyn Mustaki​. . . . . Corporate Partnership Manager Leigh Burns. . . . . . . . . . Director of Fox Theatre Institute Andy Arnold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Security Manager Amy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Production Lisa Marie Malovoz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Manager Gary Hardaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Carpenter Larry Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Flyman Scott Hardin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Props/Projectionist Ray T. Haynie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Electrician Cary Oldknow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Audio

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

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

Official Energy Partner of the Fox

Official Hotel and Restaurant of the Fox

Official Healthcare Partner of the Fox

Official Energy Partner of the Fox

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Official Bank of the Fox

Official Beer of the Fox


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

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


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

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

Diana Blank Mr. & Mrs. Gary Martin Hays

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