Dance Performances - Episodes

About Episodes


Ulysses Dove’s Episodes is a starkly passionate interpretation of the power struggles involved in human relationships.  Set to a sparse, percussive score by Robert Ruggieri with the choreography contained along two diagonally-lit paths, private battles between the sexes play out for all to see onstage.  Moments of tension, explosive confrontation, and unresolved longing are drawn out as duos partner with complete abandon.

Following the Company premiere of Episodes in 1989, The New York Times wrote, “the work is a visceral turn-on, testimony to Mr. Dove’s incontrovertible gift for exciting the senses, for exploiting a physical and kinetic impact to its utmost.”

Support for this production was provided, in part, by AT&T.

The original production of this work was made possible, in part, with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and by a generous grant from The Harkness Foundation for Dance.


The late, beloved Ulysses Dove was a “choreographer with a bold new voice,” whose works can be seen in the repertories of major dance companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Culberg Ballet, Bayerische Statsoper and Ballet France de Nancy. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Mr. Dove began studying modern dance and ballet with Carolyn Tate, Xenia Chilstowa, Jack Moore, Judith Dunn, Bertram Ross, Helen McGehee and Mary Hinkson. After receiving his bachelor's degree from Bennington College, Dove moved to New York City, where he studied with Maggie Black and Alfredo Corvino and performed with Jose Limón, Mary Anthony, Pearl Lang and Anna Sokolow. In 1970, he received a scholarship to the Merce Cunningham School, and later joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Shortly thereafter, he made his choreographic debut in 1979 with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. From 1980-83, Mr. Dove was the assistant director of Groupe Recherche Choreographique de l'Opera de Paris, where he taught company classes and choreographed.

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Ulysses Dove


Masazumi Chaya


Robert Ruggieri


Jorge Gallardo


John B. Reade

First Performance

1987; Ailey Premiere 1989

Run Time

22 minutes

Groups 10+

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