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ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
Now under the direction of the famed choreographer Robert Battle, this New York troupe presents the audience-participatory Minus 16 (consider it the seventh-inning stretch of dance), plus three other works that pulse with hip-hop, gospel, soul, and club influences.
4/11–15 In his first season as artistic director, Battle infuses post-modern history into the beloved troupe’s repertoire, which more recently seemed stuck in a pop-oriented rut. The Chicago engagement includes Home, Rennie Harris’s hip-hop/gospel-house reflection on people living with HIV; Arden Court, Paul Taylor’s lush and intimate swell of human interaction; and Minus 16, Ohad Naharin’s eclectic showstopper with ballroom-style audience participation. 4/11–13 at 7:30, 4/14 at 2 and 8, 4/15 at 3. $30–$90. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E Congress. ticketmaster.com.
Photograph: Andrew Eccles