Take A Jaw-Dropping, Behind The Scenes Look At These Alvin Ailey Dancers Rehearsing

"r-Evolution, A Dream", an Alivn Ailey piece created by veteran company member Hope Boykin, transports the audience as most Ailey productions do. Inspired by the sermons and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Boykin took to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta during Ailey’s annual U.S. tour. From there birthed a magnificent large ensemble of Ailey dancers and Ailey II members, and melds creative storytelling, new music composed by Ali Jackson (Jazz at Lincoln Center), and historic and original writings narrated by Tony Award winner and Hamilton's own Leslie Odom, Jr. Take a sneak peak in these exclusive to ESSENCE pics!

 

 

Joslyn Winkfield Dec, 21, 2016

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AAADT’s Hope Boykin taking a break backstage before rehearsal.

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Hope Boykin chats with a dancer Rachael McLaren backstage during rehearsals for Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

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AAADT’s Hope Boykin showing the beautiful white costume she designed for her work.

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Megan Jakel and Hope Boykin prepare backstage during rehearsals for Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

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Dancers rehearse for Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

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AAADT’s Akua Noni Parker and Ailey II’s Jessica Amber Pinkett fly across the stage during rehearsals for Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

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Dancers leap high during rehearsals for Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

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Dancers full of poise and grace during rehearsals for Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

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Linda Celeste Sims and Vernard Gilmore during rehearsals for Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

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AAADT’s Jamar Roberts during rehearsals for Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

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Ailey II’s Jacoby Pruit, AAADT’s Daniel Harder, Ailey II’s Lloyd Boyd III, and AAADT’s Renaldo Maurice during rehearsals for Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

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AAADT’s Sarah Daley and Jamar Roberts perform during rehearsals for Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

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AAADT’s Renaldo Maurice during rehearsals for Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

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AAADT’s Jeroboam Bozeman during rehearsals for Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

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AAADT’s Megan Jakel during rehearsals for Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

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AAADT’s Linda Celeste Sims and Jacquelin Harris during rehearsals for Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

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Dancers rehearse for Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

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Sarah Daley performs during rehearsals for Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

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AAADT’s Akua Noni Parker and Ailey II’s Jessica Amber Pinkett fly perform during rehearsals for Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.

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Matthew Rushing in a powerful moment on stage.

 

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