Ulysses Dove



Experience Ulysses Dove’s transcendent choreography in “Vespers,” a mesmerizing piece originally crafted for the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in 1986. Infused with raw energy and profound grace, the phenomenal Ailey women bring this dramatic work to life, embodying Dove’s bold artistic vision and daring athleticism.

Inspired by Dove’s memories of his grandmother’s place of worship, “Vespers” showcases the athleticism and grace of six female dancers propelled by Mikel Rouse’s profound electronic score. With its stark, ferocious quality, the piece captures the relentless drive of the dancers as they navigate rows of straight-back chairs.

Renowned for his innovative storytelling, Ulysses Dove is celebrated as one of modern ballet’s most visionary choreographers, as noted by Washington Ballet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang. Behind the scenes, Alfred Dove tirelessly preserves his brother’s legacy, ensuring that “Vespers” remains a poignant testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

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