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Alvin Ailey returns to Miami during Black History Month

Alvin Ailey dancers perform a scene from "LIFT," a new work that will be showcased in Miami this week
Alvin Ailey dancers perform a scene from "LIFT," a new work that will be showcased in Miami this week
Paul Konick

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, led by Miami native Robert Battle, returns for its annual engagement this month to mark Black History Month and also celebrate the magnificence of dance as only this honored company can demonstrate it.

The celebrated dance troupe will perform Thursday through Sunday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. This is the sixth annual Miami engagement for the company and the third visit for Battle since he was named artistic director of the much honored company.

The 30-member dance company, which will perform alternating selections from three different programs, comes to Miami as part of its 23-city North American tour that marks the 25th season since the passing of legendary founder Alvin Ailey. The engagement also follows an acclaimed record-breaking five-week season launch in New York City.

The works will feature multi-award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor's "Chroma" and celebrated dance storyteller Ronald K. Brown's uplifting "Four Corners. "Chroma" is a ballet filled with layered, beautiful dancing and astonishing lifts, and was created in 2006 for the Royal Ballet. "Four Corners" is celebrated choreographer Ronald K. Brown's fifth work for the Ailey dancers, and tells the story of 11 dancers on a spiritual journey to bring to life the vision of four angels standing on the four corners of the earth.

The other works include LIFT, a world-premiere by choreographer Asure Barton, which challenges the cast of 19 and was inspired by the Ailey dancers, and "D-Man in the Waters (Part I), which is a modern dance classic and an award-winning work by modern dance innovator and Tony award-winner T. Jones.

In addition to these exciting new choreographic works, which will be seen on alternating nights, each Alvin Ailey performance will end with the masterpiece "Revelations," which was created by Ailey and traditionally provides the inspiring finale.

Program information is available online at the Arsht Center website.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Feb. 20-23, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

More info: Arsht Center