Shelter by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


Originally performed by the Ailey company in 1992, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar's Shelter is a passionate statement about the physical and emotional deprivation of homeless people. The Ailey company has typically performed it with either an all-female or all-male cast; for its return to the Ailey repertory during the 2017-18 season, it will be performed by female dancers. Set to an inventive score which incorporates drumming by Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn and poetry by Hattie Gossett and Laurie Carlos, Shelter delivers the compelling message that the poverty of individuals will inevitably lead to the destitution of all humanity. Now more than ever, the world needs the power of dance to bring people together and connect us all by our common humanity. For its annual Kennedy Center engagement, the beloved company will continue to push the art form into fascinating new territory, with multiple programs as unique and phenomenal as the Ailey dancers themselves. Performances running Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the Kennedy Center. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: Subscribe to The Kennedy Center!

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