Artistic Director Robert Battle Featured on Fox News

Posted February 20, 2015

This week, Fox News profiled Artistic Director Robert Battle for their special series celebrating Black History Month. Mr. Battle opens up about physical challenges he faced as a child, the drive behind his success (he is "always curious, always moving forward"), and the Ailey legacy. "It’s important to remind everyone that we are more alike than unalike," Mr. Battle says. "That sounds simple, but it’s at the core of what is needed."

 



 


Robert Battle became Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in July 2011 after a long-standing association as choreographer.  In addition to expanding the repertory, he instituted the New Directions Choreography Lab for the next generation of choreographers. Battle studied at Miami’s New World School of the Arts, The Juilliard School, and danced with Parsons Dance Company before founding Battleworks Dance Company. He was honored by Kennedy Center and Princess Grace Foundation-USA. Battleworks subsequently performed extensively at venues including The Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, American Dance Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Most recently, in 2014, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of the Arts. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and has addressed a number of high-profile organizations, including the United Nations Leaders Programme and the UNICEF Senior Leadership Development Programme.

In November 2014, Artistic Director Robert Battle accepted from President Obama the Presidential Medal of Freedom on behalf of Alvin Ailey at the White House. President Obama bestowed the nation’s highest civilian honor nearly 25 years after the legendary founder’s passing for his contributions to the arts and our culture and said “through him, African-American history was told in a way that it had never been told before -- with passionate, virtuoso dance performances that transfixed audiences worldwide.”  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater carries on his pioneering legacy of inspiring, uniting and celebrating the human spirit and is currently on its 2015 US Tour across the country.


 

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