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Robert Battle’s Train to Make NYC Premiere at Joyce Theater

Parsons Dance brings “sexy athleticism and a stunning ensemble” for the New York Premiere of Finding Center at Joyce Theater. 

The work of former Parsons Dance Company member Robert Battle, is being featured as part of the program and we couldn’t be more excited!

Robert Battle has accomplished a lot since his days with Parsons Dance. The Julliard alumnus founded his own Battleworks Dance Company in 2001, before taking the reins as artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2011–all before the age of 43. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has long been a conduit of expression for the African-American cultural experience through modern dance.

Battle is a talented dancer, an accomplished artistic director, and in the midst of all his responsibilities running a prestigious dance company, he is still a highly sought after choreographer. #WERK

His choreography has earned him the title “Master of African-American Choreography” by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2005 and the Princess Grace Statue Award. After touring the world with Battleworks, his choreography has made a home with many companies, such as Ballet Memphis, Hubbard Street Repertory Ensemble, and River North Chicago Dance Company. 

Battle’s abstract, energetic, and forward moving Train was created for River North Chicago Dance Company in 2008. Those of us in New York know a couple of things about trains. I don’t know about y’all, but one of my goals is to stop worrying about what I can’t control… AKA the Metropolitan Transit Authority and their faulty trains. We’re hoping Battle’s choreography will give a brand new energy and raw excitement to our daily commute in 2016.

Train will be part of programs A and B at Joyce Theater.

Program A: Jan 20 at 7:30pm; Jan 21 at 8pm; Jan 22 at 8pm; Jan 23 at 8pm; Jan 24 at 7:30pm; Jan 26 at 7:30pm; Jan 27 at 7:30pm; Jan 28 at 8pm; Jan 29 at 8pm; Jan 30 at 8pm; Jan 31 at 7:30pm Finding Center, Union, Train, Almah, Caught, Nascimento

Program B: Jan 23 at 2pm; Jan 24 at 2pm; Jan 30 at 2pm; Jan 31 at 2pm Almah, Hand Dance, Train, Caught, Whilaway

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