Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

When: Tue., Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. and Wed., Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. 2013

Innovative choreographer Robert Battle, a familiar name to American Dance Festival fans, was brought in to shake things up a bit at one of the most venerated African-American modern dance companies. He's now in his second year helming the company, and the two programs he brings to Chapel Hill Tuesday and Wednesday make for a compelling cat's cradle of choreography. In these tensile collections, fresh—and controversial—works by gaga choreographer (and 2009 ADF/Scripps Award-winner) Ohad Naharin and Kyle Abraham (who made his ADF premiere with last summer's performance of The Radio Show) connect with company classics by Ailey and Ron K. Brown. Fair warning: It's audience participation night when Naharin's Minus 16 opens Tuesday's concert, before they proceed to Brown's 1999 ensemble work, Grace. On Wednesday, Ailey's tribute to Ellington, Pas De Duke, follows Abraham's take on Art Blakey, Another Night. Both concerts conclude with Ailey's signature, Revelations. —Byron Woods

Price: $39-99

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