Alvin Ailey Dancers Return To Atlanta With New Production, ‘Odetta’

Alvin Ailey dancer Hope Boykin starring as Odetta Holmes in the company's new production, "Odetta," by Matthew Rushing.
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The famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta next week. From Feb. 11-15, the company will perform some of its most well-known pieces, including Alvin Ailey’s celebrated “Revelations.” It will also bring an entirely new performance to Atlanta audiences called “Odetta.”

The production is a tribute to the singer often known as “the voice of the civil rights movement”: Odetta Holmes. 

“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes sat down with the dancer who will perform as Odetta ─ Hope Boykin ─ and the company’s artistic director ─ Robert Battle  to discuss the new production and also the company’s commitment to exploring the African-American cultural experience through dance.