Alvin Ailey

In Paul Taylor’s "Piazzolla Caldera," men and women engage in a series of fiery encounters, in turns playful and predatory, that intermingles the tango with Taylor's modern dance technique. The music of Astor Piazzolla shapes the work into four distinct sections, as the dancers sway and swivel through a dimly lit club.

In this behind-the-scenes video, Ailey artistic director Robert Battle discusses this masterful work and why he decided to bring it into the Ailey repertory. For more information and upcoming performance schedule: alvinailey.org/piazzolla-caldera

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Alvin Ailey

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” has performed for over 23 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on 6 continents, celebrating the African-American…


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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” has performed for over 23 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on 6 continents, celebrating the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition.

The Ailey Organization also includes:
-Ailey II, a second performing company of young dancers and emerging choreographers
-The Ailey School, one of the world's most extensive dance training programs
-Ailey Arts in Education & Community Programs, which bring dance into classrooms and communities
-The Ailey Extension, offering dance and fitness classes to the public

Ailey’s home in New York City is The Joan Weill Center for Dance.

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