San Diego Story
By Kris Eitland
April 12, 2013
It’s not easy to preserve the past and appeal to a 21st century audience at the same time. The heirs of Alvin Ailey’s legacy continue to find balance by pairing commissioned new works wtih a golden oldie that has become a cultural phenomenon.
With Robert Battle as artistic director, only the third to head the company since its inception in 1958, Alvin Ailey American Dance theater presented two programs this week at Copley Symphony Hall. Following tradition, both ended with Ailey’s “Revelations,” a dance that was created in 1960, the year of sit-ins at segregated lunch counters, civil rights protests, and John F. Kennedy elected president.