Although the Ailey company’s annual Berkeley residency cannot take place in 2021, here the acclaimed dance ensemble offers a video program intended to remind us of the power and resilience of live performance. The centerpiece of this exclusive Cal Performances at Home presentation is the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Jamar Roberts, the company’s resident choreographer. Roberts has been praised for creating works that engage artfully with contemporary issues such as gun violence and—most recently—the devastating effect the pandemic and police misconduct have had on Black bodies and Black lives.

The program also includes previously unscreened archival footage of performances of two landmark works from the company’s storied repertoire.

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Pictured: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs as part of Cal Performances at Home, streaming premiere June 10 at 7pm PDT; Performance will be available to view on demand until September 8, 2021.
(credit: Travis McGee)
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Pictured: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs as part of Cal Performances at Home, streaming premiere June 10 at 7pm PDT; Performance will be available to view on demand until September 8, 2021.
(credit: Nicole Tintle)
Alvin Ailey American dance theatre
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Pictured: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs as part of Cal Performances at Home, streaming premiere June 10 at 7pm PDT; Performance will be available to view on demand until September 8, 2021. Pictured: Jamar Roberts and Robert Battle
(credit: Andrew Eccles)
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Pictured: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs as part of Cal Performances at Home, streaming premiere June 10 at 7pm PDT; Performance will be available to view on demand until September 8, 2021. Pictured: Clifton Brown
(credit: Andrew Eccles)
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Pictured: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs as part of Cal Performances at Home, streaming premiere June 10 at 7pm PDT; Performance will be available to view on demand until September 8, 2021. Pictured: Jacquelin Harris
(credit: Andrew Eccles)
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Pictured: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs as part of Cal Performances at Home, streaming premiere June 10 at 7pm PDT; Performance will be available to view on demand until September 8, 2021. Pictured: Jacquelin Harris
(credit: Andrew Eccles)
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Pictured: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs as part of Cal Performances at Home, streaming premiere June 10 at 7pm PDT; Performance will be available to view on demand until September 8, 2021. Pictured: Jacqueline Green and Solomon Dumas
(credit: Andrew Eccles)
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Pictured: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs as part of Cal Performances at Home, streaming premiere June 10 at 7pm PDT; Performance will be available to view on demand until September 8, 2021. Pictured: Jacqueline Green
(credit: Andrew Eccles)