Dance Performances - Bad Blood

About Bad Blood


In Bad Blood, emotional passion and kinetic energy encapsulate the powerful yet extremely tender war between the sexes, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats with a daredevil display.

With music by Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel, Bad Blood was the precursor to two other phenomenal Dove ballets on the same theme, Episodes and Urban Folk Dance, and the fourth of what would eventually be seven Dove ballets performed by the Ailey company. Hailed as one of the most exciting choreographers to emerge in the latter half of the twentieth century, Dove is renowned for a style that merged the influences of his choreographic mentors, Alvin Ailey and Merce Cunningham.

Ailey veteran dancer and original cast member Renee Robinson recalls Mr. Dove saying in rehearsal, “don't add anything more, don't take anything away… every movement, every single step that I've put in, I know exactly what it's for and I'm going to get you to understand how to convey that to the audiences.” Artistic Director Robert Battle has said that Bad Blood uses “the minimal language to say the maximum thing.”



Performance Schedule & Tickets

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Ulysses Dove


Masazumi Chaya


Laurie Anderson ("Gravity's Angel" and "Walking and Falling") and Peter Gabriel ("Excellent Birds")


Beverly Emmons

Original Costume and Set Design

Carol Vollet-Kingston

Set Recreation

Andy Jackness

Approved by

The Estate of Ulysses Dove

First Performance

World Premiere, 1984 -- Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Place des ArtsCompany Premiere, 1986 -- City Center, New York

Run Time

17 minutes

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