"Arden Court", "Cry", "The Hunt", "Revelations"
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
New York, NY
December 24, 2011
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2011 by Mary Cargill
Robert Battle's first season as the director of the Alvin Ailey Company began with a complete triumph, as he acquired Paul Taylor's sublime "Arden Court". The Ailey dancers attacked the quick, difficult, and witty choreography with their unique physicality, and captured the uplifting, joyful spirit of the Taylor Company. It was like watching champagne bubbles do an aerobic class. The dancers did seem to tire a bit towards the end, but more experience will surely help their pacing. It was an inspired choice for the company.