Dance Performances - The Hunt

About The Hunt


Robert Battle’s The Hunt is a primal ritual with a distinctly urban feel fueled by a thundering percussion soundtrack by Les Tambours du Bronx. Perhaps Battle’s most popular work, it explores the relationship between modern sports and the rites of the gladiators.

Battle found inspiration for the work in his background in martial arts, replicating the intensity and combative stances.  Costumed in long black skirts with under layers of red, six men throw themselves into the movement, reveling in the thrill of the hunt.  It’s a work that challenges the physical limits and the emotional stamina of even the famously indomitable Ailey men.  Said rehearsal director and guest artist Matthew Rushing, “at times Robert gave us images of being in a rave club, letting loose and going wild and not caring about technique or form — just throwing out energy.  A lot of times it feels like you’re in a fight, or you're fighting to get through. ”

Echoing the praise voiced by critics and audiences around the world, The Seattle Times raved that “to see it unfold is to drift between a visceral attraction to the pounding, progressing movements and the awareness of a choreographic vision so inventive it becomes like a seventh onstage presence…”

Artistic Director Robert Battle talks about his work The Hunt

Generous support for this Company premiere was provided by The Pamela D. Zilly & John H. Schaefer New Works Endowment Fund and Linda Stocknoff.


“Jungle Jazz” by L. Blomme, performed by Les Tambours du Bronx. 

“Les Boulets Se Rebiffent” by A. Dipace, J.Y. Lefloch, Y. Nisgand, B. Pingon, and J.M. Tramoy, performed by Les Tambours du Bronx. 

“Black Bull” by L. Le Mapihan, performed by Les Tambours du Bronx.  Music from the recording Silence (1999).  Used with permission by Right Bank Music, Inc.

Performance Schedule & Tickets

Jun 14

Jun 18

Jun 19


Assistant(s) to Choreographer

Erika Pujikic


Les Tambours du Bronx (see below)


Mia McSwain


Burke Wilmore

First Performance

World Premiere 2001; Company Premiere 2010

Run Time

13 minutes

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