Masters of movement

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Choreographer Alvin Ailey brought diversity to the world of modern footwork with his Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a multi-racial troupe formed in 1958 in New York City. Since his death in 1989, the group has garnered consistent critical acclaim.

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The group visits Knight Theater for a run of performances - under the eye of newbie artistic director, Robert Battle - that will include a repertory of new and old material alike. From the Ailey archives: "Memoria," "Streams," and the spirited popper, "Revelations" - a signature piece documenting African-American spirits from slavery days through freedom with gospel and blues boosters.
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Several other choreographers, including Battle, Paul Taylor, Rennie Harris, Joyce Trisler, Ulysses Dove and Ohad Naharin, will also showcase their latest works. Sets vary; see Blumenthal's show description for more details. $39.50 and up. May 18, 8 p.m., May 19, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. and May 20, 3 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.


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