Dance Theatre of Harlem
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Performance Dates
Friday, February 17, 2017 8:00pm at Centennial Hall

"Dance Theatre of Harlem is truly a gem."   Danceworld.com

Renowned for its thrilling performances, Dance Theatre of Harlem’s repertoire ranges from treasured classics to neo-classical works and cutting edge contemporary work. The ensemble's 14 racially diverse artists bring new life to the art form of classical ballet by using its familiar language to celebrate African American culture. Now in its fourth decade, the company has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence that continues to set standards in the performing arts. Dance Theatre of Harlem has achieved unprecedented success, bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences in New York City, across the country and around the world.

Sponsors: Dr. Mary Jo Ghory; Jill and Herschel Rosenzweig; Judy and Richard Weill

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THE PROGRAM

VESSELS    (World Premiere October 17, 2014)
Choreography:  Darrell Grand Moultrie
Music:  Ezio Bosso
Costume Design and Execution:  George Hudačko
Lighting Design: Clifton Taylor

Light
ALISON STROMING   INGRID SILVA     LILIT HOGTANIAN     STEPHANIE RAE WILLIAMS     LINDSEY CROOP
FRANCIS LAWRENCE    DYLAN SANTOS     CHOONG HOON LEE     SANFORD PLACIDE      JORDAN KINDELL

Belief
INGRID SILVA     LILIT HOGTANIAN     STEPHANIE RAE WILLIAMS     LINDSEY CROOP

Love
ALISON STROMING     FRANCIS LAWRENCE

Abundance
The Company

The entire journey is cyclic.
Let us all be infused with something beautiful that can be transferred to others.
This commission is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

*Pause* 

CHACONNE
Choreography: José Limón
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Costume Design: Charles Schoonmaker
Lighting Design: Alexander Fabozzi

DA’VON DOANE

The great Mexican American modern dance pioneer José Limón created Chaconne, set to J. S. Bach’s Partita number 2 in D minor for Violin, as a solo for himself in 1942. As profound a soliloquy as Hamlet's, Chaconne is a pure dance expression of being that has come to be performed by male and female dance artists.

Musically, a chaconne is a form derived from a lively and often bawdy dance that dates from the Spanish colony of Peru in the 16th century. Banned in the Spanish court, by the mid-17th century, no less a figure than Louis XIV himself danced the chaconne in his own court. By this time, the dance had taken on a majestic introspection, a quality that infuses both the score by Bach and Limón’s choreography. A timeless work, Chaconne encapsulates a rich history while illuminating universal human qualities of humanity, humility and grace.

 *Intermission*

DANCING ON THE FRONT PORCH OF HEAVEN
Odes to Love and Loss- (World Premiere 1993, DTH Premiere: October 4, 2013)
Choreography: Ulysses Dove; The Estate of Ulysses Dove: Alfred Dove Administrator
Music: Arvo Pärt (Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, 1977)
Staging: Anne Dabrowski
Costume Design: Jorge Gallardo
Lighting Design: Björn Nilsson; Recreated by Peter D. Leonard

LINDSEY CROOP      CHYSRTYN FENTROY      ALICIA MAE HOLLOWAY
FRANCIS LAWRENCE        JORGE ANDRES VILLARINI       NICHOLAS ROSE

Subtitled “Odes to Love and Loss,” Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven was choreographed for the Royal Swedish Ballet in 1993 during a challenging period in Ulysses Dove’s life. Having lost 13 close friends and relatives, among them his father, Dove himself explained, “I want to tell an experience in movement, a story without words, and create a poetic monument over people I loved.” Set to Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, Dove’s spare but demanding choreography invites dancer and viewer alike to live in each moment as if it were the last.

*Intermission*

RETURN
(World Premiere September 21, 1999)
Choreography: Robert Garland
Music: James Brown, Alfred Ellis, Aretha Franklin, Carolyn Franklin
Costume Design and Execution: Pamela Allen-Cummings
Lighting: Roma Flowers

 “Mother Popcorn”
INGRID SILVA
Stephanie Rae Williams     Alison Stroming     Lilit Hogtanian     Alicia Mae Holloway     Giorgia Martelloni-Zabriskie

DA’VON DOANE
Choong Hoon Lee     Dylan Santos     Sanford Placide     Jordan Kindell     Nicholas Rose

"Baby, Baby, Baby"
STEPHANIE RAE WILLIAMS     CHOONG HOON LEE
Alison Stroming     Dylan Santos     Giorgia Martelloni-Zabriskie     Nicholas Rose

“I Got The Feelin’”
INGRID SILVA     JORDAN KINDELL     NICHOLAS ROSE
Alicia Mae Holloway      Sanford Placide     Lilit Hogtanian

“Call Me”
ALISON STROMING     DYLAN SANTOS
The CompanY

"Superbad"
DA’VON DOANE
The Company

Return was choreographed for Dance Theatre of Harlem's 30th anniversary. Choreographer Robert Garland calls the ballet's style "post-modern urban neoclassicism - an attempt to fuse an urban physical sensibility and a neoclassical one." Staged for 12 dancers to songs performed by James Brown and Aretha Franklin, Return is "... a witty fusion of ballet technique and street gait whose irony toward rhythm-and- blues had the audience in stitches." (The New York Times)     

"Mother Popcorn” and “Superbad” performed by James Brown

Courtesy of Dynatone Publishing Company

By arrangement with Warner Special Products

"Baby, Baby, Baby" and “Call Me” performed by Aretha Franklin

Courtesy of Pronto Music and Fourteenth Hour Music, Inc.

By arrangement with Warner Special Products

"I Got the Feelin’" performed by James Brown

By arrangement with Fort Knox Music, Inc.

Return was commissioned by Arthur Mitchell and Dance Theatre of Harlem.