Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) will make its highly anticipated return to the New York stage at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center, New York City on Wednesday, April 10, for six performances through April 14. The repertoire will include Gloria, the New York City premiere with music by Francis Poulenc choreographed by Robert Garland; the new narrative work with live actors and musicians, Far But Close, with choreography by John Alleyne, text by Daniel Beaty and music by Daniel Bernard Roumain; DTH favorites such as Garland’s Return and Donald Byrd’s Contested Space; Alvin Ailey’s The Lark Ascending and Agon and Glinka Pas de Trois by George Balanchine.
A major gift of $500,000 is being provided by the Ford Foundation, which was instrumental in the founding of DTH in 1969. “Dance Theatre of Harlem is one of America’s true cultural treasures,” said
Darren Walker, vice president for Education, Creativity and Free Expression at the Ford Foundation. “Its return is a reason for celebration and joy, and we are proud to once again support the Company and these fabulous performances.”
Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem adds, “It has been a long time coming, but the return of the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company is finally here. I can’t wait for New York to see the artistry and power these new dancers bring to the stage. We are immensely grateful to the Ford Foundation for their major support.”
With its newly formed company of 18 diverse and talented dancers, Dance Theatre of Harlem proudly celebrates its annual Vision Gala on Tuesday, February 26. Chelsea Clinton will serve as honorary chair and award-winning actress/singer Vanessa L. Williams will be the 2013 Vision Honoree. The gala performance and dinner, with all proceeds benefiting the DTH School’s Next Generation and Community Engagement Funds, will be held at the Mandarin Oriental New York, 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street. For tickets and information, please contact Sharon Williams Duncan, Director of Individual Giving, at (212) 690-2800 ext. 434.
Laveen Naidu, Executive Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem, notes that the leadership gift from the Ford Foundation, the Vision Gala and NY Season are conduits for the ballet institution to transform lives. “The financial support we receive and programs we deliver create opportunities for New Yorkers and especially our children to experience the power of the arts. DTH was the first ballet institution to prioritize black dancers and although that role is still vital, its performances provide a way for all of us to see ourselves in ways we might not have imagined.”
Tickets are on sale now at Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, Broadway at 60th Street, Ground Floor, Monday – Saturday 10AM-6PM, Sunday 12PM-6PM OR CenterCharge (212) 721-6500 OR www.jalc.org OR www.dancetheatreofharlem.org.
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