Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Power and elegance. Tenderness and strength. Precision and passion. It is hard to describe America's most beloved dance company without evoking all the glorious complexities and contradictions of human experience. For more than a half-century, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has embodied these traits with performances that uplift and transform, from Ailey's own classic Revelations to new works commissioned from the world's leading choreographers. Under the direction of Robert Battle since 2011, the company is consistently prized for the unmatched athleticism and exuberance of its dancers, who "rocked the hall" (San Francisco Chronicle) at Cal Performances last season.