MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:
Ask anybody who's tried - It's hard to keep even a well-known arts institution going. To keep it going after its founder and namesake has died is even more impressive. But, to do that for some six decades, some might call that miraculous. So, at that standard, you can understand why the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater decided to celebrate its 60th anniversary this year by commissioning a new powerful work titled "Lazarus."
(SOUNDBITE OF PERFORMANCE, "LAZARUS")
UNIDENTIFIED SINGERS: (As characters, singing) War is risen.