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.”

Bad Blood was created for Les Ballets Jazz de Jazz de Montréal
and was given its world premiere in October 1984 at Place des Arts.

Commissioning funds for the original Ailey production of Bad Blood
were provided by the Reader’s Digest Dance and Theatre Program,
and with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts
and the New York State Council on the Arts.



Performance Schedule & Tickets

There are no upcoming performances for this repertory piece.


Ulysses Dove


Masazumi Chaya


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


Beverly Emmons

Costume and Scenic 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

Groups 10+

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In Bad Blood, choreographed by Ulysses Dove in 1984, passionate emotions and kinetic, athletic energy encapsulate the powerful yet extremely tender war between the sexes, asking the question “can we be a duo and an individual at the same time?”
World Premiere, 1984 Ailey Company Premiere, 1986   Choreographer:  Ulysses Dove  Music: Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel    In Bad Blood, emotional passion and kinetic, athletic energy encapsulate the powerful yet extremely tender war between the ...