Dance Performances - Awakening

About Awakening


Battle uses his taut, ritualistic style to powerful effect in a dance that expertly balances chaos and resolution, dissonance and harmony. His first new work since becoming artistic director in 2011 is set to a symphonic score by frequent collaborator John Mackey.

Awakening is dedicated to Joan Weill in appreciation of her inspired leadership, wisdom, caring, and grace.

Major support for the creation of Awakening
is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Commission supported by the
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
with lead sponsor support from Ira and Carole Hall.

Awakening is supported by commissioning funds from
Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley.

The world premiere of Awakening is also made possible by
Daria L. & Eric J. Wallach, the Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation,
Roberta Campbell & Richard Gray, the Fred Eychaner New Works Endowment Fund,
and the Pamela D. Zilly & John H. Schaefer New Works Endowment Fund.


Performance Schedule & Tickets

Jun 15

Jun 18

Jul 8


Assistant(s) to Choreographer

Marlena Wolfe, Elisa Clark


John Mackey


Jon Taylor


Al Crawford

Rehearsal Director

Marlena Wolfe

Run Time

18 min

Groups 10+

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Whatever you may say about Robert Battle's new "Awakening," you can be sure that it resembles little else in the repertoire of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which opened its annual Berkeley residency Tuesday, March 29, at UC's Zellerbach Hall. That is the first dance Battle has made for the company since he became artistic director five years ago may have something to do with it.
Can you remember an inspirational experience that changed your life? Robert Battle certainly can.
With an adrenaline-fueled rush, Robert Battle's "Awakening" ushers in a new era for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. But while it feels like a departure for both Battle as choreographer and for the company, in truth "Awakening" in many ways continues Alvin Ailey's vision.