Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts

Dance Theatre of Harlem's ballet master Keith Saunders does an arabesque in our gallery (at 0:42). We're not sure when that'll happen again! But you can catch the full company in performance at Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center on June 20, 8pm. Tickets are still available by contacting their box office. Museum members may meet the dancers at a post-performance reception. Inquire at the box office about this package. Hope to see you there!

Posted by Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Thursday, June 11, 2015

"One of ballet's most exciting undertakings."

- The New York Times, 1971
Highlighting Dance Theatre of Harlem's 40-plus year history, this magnificent exhibition celebrates the history and art of dance with 22 costumes, set pieces, videos, photographs and tour posters from four staged ballets including: A Streetcar Named Desire, Creole Giselle, Dougla and Firebird. Dispelling the belief that ballet could not be performed by those of African decent, Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1969. This multi-media exhibition captures the majesty of the choreography, the beauty of the costuming, and the dancers who defied gravity and stereotyping. With a modest beginning, holding classes in a warehouse on 152nd Street, the school has greatly expanded and since grown into a multi-cultural dance institution.

The exhibition comes with customized costume forms and backdrops for the four staged ballets. Banners are long and can be mounted to a wall, or will require tall ceilings to hang in open air space. For more information go to http://www.artsandartists.org/exhibitions-dancetheaterofharlem.php


2013 Houston TX Article - 40 Years of Firsts