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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 

When: April 23-28 2013
Price: $30-$82

In 2011, Robert Battle rose to the helm of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater as the third leader in its 55-year history. Returning to the East Bay during his second full season, he's steering what he once called the "big Ailey ship" towards exuberant signature displays and expansive, unchartered territory with four different programs featuring two Bay Area premieres. If there's feasting in dance -- or a not-to-miss local world series of dance -- this is surely it. Highlights include premieres by Battle and Kyle Abraham, JiríKylián'sPetite Mort, Rennie Harris' Home, and a tantalizing Ailey Classics program. Performances run Tuesday through Friday, April 23-26, at Zellerbach Hall (Dana St. and Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley). Tue.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sun 3 p.m. $30-$92. 510-642-9988 or CalPerformances.org

— Lou Fancher

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