Dance Performances - LIFT

About LIFT


This propulsive world premiere by in-demand choreographer Aszure Barton accentuates the vitality and physical prowess of the Ailey company. Driven by the dancers’ passion, skill and collective power, the work was created over a developmental process with the entire Company. The percussive score, composed by Curtis Macdonald, is infused with the infectious energy and heart that she observed in her initial encounters with the Ailey dancers.

Barton’s exhilarating new work, her first commission for Ailey, celebrates and challenges the dancers with its markedly intricate rhythmic patterns and mercurial structure. A much sought-after dance maker whose choreography ranges from Baryshnikov to Broadway, Barton has a style that is “vulnerable and feisty, brightly adept yet peculiar, witty and impetuously wild” (Dance magazine).

LIFT embodies an atmosphere and energy created by our time spent together in collaboration. I feel very welcomed by the Ailey family and am honored to be working with such a wonderful group of artists. "
- Aszure Barton

Support for this production was provided by
The Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey - Sara & Bill Morgan New Works Endowment Fund
and Michele & Timothy Barakett.

This production was made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts
with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Performance Schedule & Tickets

There are no upcoming performances for this repertory piece.


Aszure Barton

Assistant(s) to Choreographer

Jonathan Emanuell Alsberry with William Briscoe


Curtis Macdonald


Fritz Masten


Burke Brown

Run Time

25 minutes

Groups 10+

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When Robert Battle assumed the artistic leadership of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2011, he stepped into the formidable footsteps of Ailey himself, who created his unique company of African-american dancers in 1958, and dancer Judith Jamison, who helped keep the company alive after Ailey's death i 1989. Still, he arrived with a well-defined mission.
Though Robert Battle has helmed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for only three seasons, he's already put his stamp on the company, having essentially taken it into the 21st century. That wasn't a conscious decision, he says; it's more "what I gravitate to and feel I can add."
For most of its 50-plus years, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has had a distinctive profile - theatrical, energetic, heartfelt, with powerhouse dancers - that has helped make it the most successful and widely seen modern dance company in the world.