Alvin Ailey: Robert Battle's Mass

May 1st - Dec 31st

Free

Streaming Dance

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**Streaming online. Click on "Get Tickets" link below to watch the full ballet.** "The genesis of this work came to me while seeing Verdi's Requiem at Carnegie Hall," explains Robert Battle. "I found myself utterly absorbed in the intricacies of how the choir moved as a unit and then organized and condensed themselves in the pews. The juxtaposition of the choir themselves constrained by space while their voices traveled through the hall was fascinating. I began creating the movement you will see in Mass by deconstructing the chorus." The ballet was originally created for a "New Dances" program at The Juilliard School in November 2004. The New York Times' review of the performance declared: "Mr. Battle, the youngest choreographer, has recently made a name for himself with original rapid-fire movement and unexpected imagery. The Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, at the rear of the stage, provided the sound, growing in intensity. Mr. Battle took the senior class along the same path. The dancers scooted around, huddled and worked themselves up wonderfully into astounding vigor. The ritual ended with the leader throwing himself to the floor and a group flying out into the wings."

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Streaming Dance
405 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019

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