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Theater & art

Dance Review

A bold, diverse opening night for Alvin Ailey

Thursday night’s concert by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater may have marked the opening of the company’s 43d annual Celebrity Series visit, but it was hardly business as usual. The first clue was the curtain speech by Robert Battle, finishing up his second year as the company’s artistic director. In honor of the first responders, hundreds of whom filled the audience at the Celebrity Series’s invitation, Battle spoke about dance’s ability to heal.

“I believe dance is a manifestation and celebration of the tenacity of the human spirit,” he said.

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