Alvin Ailey’s Film Short Pays Homage To Director Barry Jenkin’s “Moonlight”

February 15, 2017

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater announces Moonlight x Ailey, a new dance film short choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Battle in a unique collaboration with Academy Award-winning composer Nicholas Britell. Inspired by the critically-acclaimed drama Moonlight, Best Picture winner at the 74th Annual Golden Globe® Awards and nominated for eight Oscars® at next week’s Academy Awards®, the blue-lit movements are danced by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Jamar Roberts, and The Ailey School students Christopher Taylor and Jeremy T. Villas. Robert Battle, the film’s director Barry Jenkins, and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney are from Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood – the setting for Moonlight.

Currently on a coast-to-coast U.S. tour, Jamar Roberts and Ailey’s extraordinary dancers are looking forward to bringing their artistry to the stage of the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami from February 23-26 with works that shine a spotlight on society (See The New Yorker video with Robert Battle – Alvin Ailey’s Enduring Vision) and Alvin Ailey’s American masterpiece Revelations, the work that Robert Battle saw as a teen in Miami, which helped catapult him on his journey from Liberty City to the helm of Ailey (See PBS News Hour – Historic Dance Company Prepares for New Steps).

For more information about Ailey’s 2017 U.S. Tour, visit

Photo credit: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Jamar Roberts in Robert Battle’s Moonlight, inspired by the motion picture drama.

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