ROBERT BATTLE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Masazumi Chaya, Associate Artistic Director
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the most iconic dance companies in the world. Founded by Alvin Ailey in 1958, the group performs worldwide as the United States' Cultural Ambassador to the World, thrilling audiences with the rich emotions of its repertory and the extraordinary talents of its dancers. Before his untimely death in 1989, Alvin Ailey designated Judith Jamison as his successor, and over the next 21 years she brought the Company to unprecedented heights. In July 2011, Ms. Jamison passed the mantle of Artistic Director to Robert Battle.
Recent highlights of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's work include nationwide US touring, sell out seasons in New York, London and Paris, and guest appearances in major cities including Oslo, Moscow, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.
During the Summer of 2014, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gave acclaimed performances in Oslo, Frankfurt, Zurich, Cologne, Munich and Copenhagen, and the company returns once again in July 2015 for a major season in Paris presented by Les Etés de la Danse.