Dance Theatre of Harlem

Stunning lines. Exquisite form. Passionate expression. En pointe.

Dance Theatre of Harlem is a dance institution with an unparalleled legacy. For five decades, this company has used the language of ballet to celebrate African American dancers and culture. Recognized as a singular presence in the dance world, the Dance Theatre of Harlem presents a stunning vision for ballet in the 21st century. The 16-member, multi-ethnic company performs a forward-thinking, rigorous repertoire that includes treasured classics, neoclassical favorites by George Balanchine and innovative contemporary works.

Program:

  • Brahms Variations, choreographed by Robert Garland, music Johannes Brahms “The inspiration for the ballet is Louis XIV, French Patron of the Arts, and Grandfather of the ballet canon.   Arthur Mitchell was a big persona in my life, a Harlem version of the French Monarch. So, the ballet is, in part, Louis the XIV’s court meeting Harlem Swag”
  • Corsaire Pas de Deux, after the choreography of Pepita, music composed by Adolphe Adam
    The pas de deux from Le Corsaire is one of the most famous in all of the classical ballet repertoire. In the repertory of almost all ballet companies, large and small, and performed by nearly every classically-trained dancer from advanced student to prima ballerina and premier danseur, this show-stopping duet is an audience favorite whenever and wherever it is danced.   At this point in the story, Conrad the pirate has rescued Medora, a Greek slave girl from sale to a Pasha's harem and taken her to his underground grotto; where, having fallen in love with her, they dance this pas de deux in celebration of her rescue.

  • Change, choreographed by Dianne McIntyre, traditional spirituals performed by the Spellman College Glee club, original percussion by Eli Fountain
    “This work is inspired by women—Black, Brown and Beige—who have refashioned the neighborhood, the country, the world through their vision, courage, and endurance.  Often unsung, inconspicuous or up-front, these individuals could be called warriors for change.”

  • Vessels, choreographed by Darrell Grand Moultrie, music by Ezio Bosso
    “The entire journey is cyclic. Let us all be infused with something beautiful that can be transferred to others."