Ailey’s Announces New World Premier Choreographed by Rennie Harris!

Revealing his vision for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for the first time, incoming Artistic Director Robert Battle announced highlight of the company’s 2011/12 performance season, offering a program that extends the vital legacy of Alvin Ailey (1931‐1989) in exciting new directions.

The diverse choreographic works selected by Mr. Battle that will be added to the repertory for the 2011/12 season include the world premiere of a dance by Philadelphia’s own hip‐hop choreographer Rennie Harris, inspired by the stories of people living with or affected by HIV.

Hip‐hop choreographer Rennie Harris, who worked alongside Judith Jamison and Robert Battle to create Love Stories for the company in 2004, is choreographing a new work inspired by the stories, poems and images submitted to the Fight HIV Your Way contest, an initiative of Bristol‐Myers Squibb. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will present the premiere of the work on World AIDS Day (December 1) at New York City Center . Robert Battle comments: “I think Rennie is great in the way he takes a conceptual approach to hip hop. He is bringing a unique perspective to stories that absolutely have to be told, and that ought to be realized in a dance vocabulary that comes from a new generation.”

“This is the beginning of a new adventure—for the company, for me and for our audiences around the world,”
stated Mr. Battle, who will succeed the legendary Judith Jamison as Artistic Director on July 1, 2011. “We are
going to reach back and try to touch some of the vital sources of Alvin Ailey’s creativity, but also stretch forward
into new possibilities that develop his legacy. For the millions of people who love Alvin Ailey’s work and have
been inspired by the great achievements of Judith Jamison and our unsurpassed dancers, I hope this season will
be just what the company has always promised: revelatory.”

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About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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