Annenberg Center Live Presents Dance Theatre of Harlem, the 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence, March 1-2

Annenberg Center Live will present the internationally-acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem, Friday, March 1 (8 PM) and Saturday, March 2 (2 PM and 8 PM). The program includes the world premiere of Philadelphia native and DTH Resident Choreographer Robert Garland’s Nyman String Quartet #2Harlem on My Mind (Darrell Grand Moultrie; choreographer); and Change (Dianne McIntyre, choreographer). Tickets are available at AnnenbergCenter.org or 215.898.3900.

JUST ANNOUNCED: On Thursday, February 14, at 6:30 PM, Dance Theatre of Harlem will take over Pointe Magazine’s Facebook page for a special Facebook Live stream of an open rehearsal led by Robert Garland, which will preview his Nyman String Quartet #2. Go to https://www.facebook.com/PointeMagazineOfficial/ to view this special sneak peek before its world premiere on March 1.

The preeminent Dance Theatre of Harlem is the Annenberg Center’s 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence. In addition to the three public performances the residency will consist of a Student Discovery performance for local school students (For more information and to order tickets, call 215.573.8827 or email groups@ac.upenn.edu.); a college student masterclass; workshops for high school students; and post-performance Meet and Greets with select company dancers.

For 50 years, the mission of Dance Theatre of Harlem has been to provide access to the art of ballet for all. Incorporating an international touring company, a training school and a celebrated arts education and community engagement program called Dancing Through Barriers®, DTH is recognized as a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim. Compelled by the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the legendary Arthur Mitchell started a school with his teacher, Karel Shook, in 1969. Mitchell’s idea was to offer children in the Harlem neighborhood where he grew up, the means to change their futures by challenging themselves against the rigors of the classical art form of ballet. In 1971, only two years after its founding, The New York Times called Dance Theatre of Harlem “one of ballet’s most exciting undertakings.” Now in its fifth decade, DTH has established an extraordinary legacy that is based on thrilling performances and artistic excellence. As an organization, DTH provides an opportunity where none has existed before, becoming a vivid manifestation of the power of art to transform lives. Through performance, training, and education, the impact of Dance Theatre of Harlem continues to be felt across the globe.

Virginia Johnson (Artistic Director)
A founding member of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Virginia Johnson was one of its principal ballerinas over a career that spanned nearly 30 years. After retiring in 1997, Johnson went on to found Pointe Magazine and was editor-in-chief for 10 years. A native of Washington, D.C., Johnson began her training with Therrell Smith. She studied with Mary Day at the Washington School of Ballet and graduated from the Academy of the Washington School of Ballet. She went on to be a University Scholar in the School of the Arts at New York University before joining Dance Theatre of Harlem. Johnson is universally recognized as one of the great ballerinas of her generation and is perhaps best known for her performances in the ballets GiselleA Streetcar Named Desire and Fall River Legend. She has received such honors as a Young Achiever Award from the National Council of Women, Outstanding Young Woman of America and the Dance Magazine Award, a Pen and Brush Achievement Award, the Washington Performing Arts Society’s 2008-2009 Pola Nirenska Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2009 Martha Hill Fund Mid-Career Award.

Robert Garland (Resident Choreographer)
“Gloria,” Robert Garland’s 2012 ballet celebrating Dance Theatre of Harlem’s rebirth is a transcendent work that relies as much on imagination as steps.” (The New York Times) Robert Garland was a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem, achieving the rank of principal dancer. After creating a work for the DTH School Ensemble, Arthur Mitchell invited Robert Garland to create a work for main company and appointed him the organization’s first Resident Choreographer. He is also Director of the Professional Training Program of the DTH school, and the organization’s webmaster. In addition to choreographing several ballets for DTH, Garland has also created works for New York City Ballet, Britain’s Royal Ballet, Oakland Ballet and many others. His commercial work has included music videos, commercials and short films, including the children’s television show Sesame Street, a Nike commercial featuring New York Yankee Derek Jeter, the NAACP Image Awards, a short film for designer Donna Karan, and the “Charmin Cha-Cha” for Proctor and Gamble. Garland began his ballet studies at the Philadelphia School for the Performing Arts in North Philadelphia. He also studied at the School for The Pennsylvania Ballet, and, at the age of 15, became the youngest member of Philadanco, under the direction of founder Joan Meyers Brown. Garland holds a BFA from the Juilliard School.

Dance Theatre of Harlem
Annenberg Center Live 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence
Friday, March 1, 8 PM
Saturday, March 2, 2 PM
Saturday, March 2, 8 PM
Visit AnnenbergCenter.org for ticket information.

Photo Credit: François Rousseau

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