Friday, January 30, 2009

The Dance Theatre of Harlem Celebrates 40 Years of Artistic Excellence

The Dance Theatre of Harlem kicks off an 18-month long celebration of its 40th Anniversary with the February 11 opening of Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts. This multimedia exhibition chronicles the theatre's contributions to the arts and runs through May 19, at The New York Library for the Performing Arts, Vincent Astor Gallery, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

In addition to the exhibit, their commemoration includes a number of exciting activities including a national tour by the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, an Open House Series, a national audition tour for the company’s prestigious school, panel discussions with leading dancers, choreographers, and dance historians, and a host of other activities. The anniversary celebration includes a number of programs that are free and open to the public.

In the midst of preparing for its 40th Anniversary festivities, Co-Founder and Artistic Director Arthur Mitchell says, "There is a renewed energy in America that is flowing into Dance Theatre of Harlem. We are celebrating 40 years of passion, power and perfection while our Ensemble is embarking on its first national tour, standing on the shoulders of a legacy built by the dancers who came before them and built the legacy of Dance Theatre of Harlem."

Upcoming Dates for the National Dance for America Tour by the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble
February 3rd, Dixie Center for the Performing Arts, Ruston, Louisiana
February 4th, Brown Theatre Complex, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, Louisiana
February 5th, Coughlin Saunders Performing Arts Center, Alexandria, Louisiana
February 7- 9, Rosa Hart Theatre, Lake Charles, Louisiana
February 10, Strand Theatre, Shreveport, Louisiana
February 13, River Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

February 17, Gertrude Castellow Ford Center, University of Mississippi
February 19, Riley Center for Education & Performing Arts, Mississippi State University, Meridian, Mississippi

March 18, Civic Center, Akron, Ohio
March 24, Center for the Performing Arts, Owens Community College, Toledo, Ohio

March 20, Opera House, Lexington, Kentucky

March 27, Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, Tennessee

April 3, Post Office Plaza, Texarkana, Texas
April 4, Perot Theater, Texarkana, Texas
April 6 - 8, Bentonville, Arkansas, Arends Arts Center

November 2008 - May 2009
Everett Center for the Performing Arts
466 W 152nd St, New York, NY 10031

The Open House Series has been a staple program of The Dance Theatre of Harlem since its inception. As part of their community outreach initiatives, the Open Houses provide high quality performances by the students of the Dance Theatre of Harlem School and the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, the performing arm of the School, and special guest performers. Performances are held at 3:00 p.m. each month from November through May, and include a post-performance reception.

Visit their website here for more information. Be sure to read my previous post on the Dance Theatre of Harlem here.

Source: Walker International Communications Group

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