2016 - 2017 Repertoire 

  

Coming TOgether

Choreography: Nacho Duato

Music: Frederic Rzewski 

Costume and Set Design: Nacho Duato 

Lighting: Nicholás Fisctel 
Company Première: April 8, 2015

Number of Dancers: 12 

Running time: 24 minutes       

Nacho Duato’s Coming Together is a complex and exhilarating work set to the music of contemporary American composer, Frederic Rzewski. Duato uses the composer’s restless repetition and structural intricacy to create a highly physical ballet that is both compelling and richly poetic.  While there is no story to the ballet, the score includes eight spoken sentences from a letter written by a prisoner killed in the 1971 Attica prison riots that are manipulated and expanded musically. Coming Together is a work that allows the viewer to contemplate the interrelated elements of music and sound and how they come together to produce dance. Coming Together was created in 1991 for Compania Nacional de Danza in Madrid.




DANCING ON THE FRONT PORCH OF HEAVEN (Odes to love and loss)

Choreography: Ulysses Dove
Music: Arvo Pärt (Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, 1977)
Costume Design: Jorge Gallardo 
Lighting: Björn Nilsson

Company Première: October 4, 2013
Number of Dancers: 6

Running time: 20 minutes 

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, D ove 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.   Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven was developed in part at the Vineyard Arts Project in Edgartown, MA, Ashley Melone, Founder and Artistic Director.

 


New Bach (company revival)

Choreography:Robert Garland 

Music: J. S.Bach

Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Lighting: Roma Flowers
Costumes: Pamela Allen
Première: 1999, City Center, NYC

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Created for the first company, New Bach was performed by the DTH Ensemble and now comes into the new company’s repertoire. The dynamism of neoclassical ballet was instilled in Dance Theatre of Harlem by our founder, Arthur Mitchell and Robert Garland has captured its essence with New Bach. It is a supreme expression of post-modern-urban neoclassicism and is a tribute to George Balanchine’s neoclassical ballet it is also infused with popular dance vernacular. “Prejudices are sophisticatedly acquired tastes that destroy innocence—that state of purity in which man can b e in accord with himself, his fellow men, and attuned to nature. This innocence is one of the intrinsic beauties of man and if we do not regain it soon, we will perish. True dance, in any of its myriad forms, is an expression of this innocence, and it is through dance that man has the possibility to find himself again.” - Karel Shook (from Elements of Classical Ballet Technique, 1977)

 

 

RETURN


Choreography: Robert Garland

Music: Aretha Franklin and James Brown
Costumes: Pamela Allen-Cummings
Lighting: Roma Flowers
Première: 1999, City Center, NY
Number of dancers: 12

Running time: 25 minutes

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A rousing blend of the elegance of classical ballet and the gritty drive of soul music, Return is a quintessential DTH ballet. To songs of Aretha Franklin and James Brown,  Garland pushes the boundaries of ballet technique and form, incorporating and blending vernacular movement from the African American experience. From Pas de Bouree to the Cabbage Patch, Ballone to the bump, the ballet fulfills Dance Theatre of Harlem's idea of what it means to be "Classically American".

  

Vessels

Choreography by Darrell Grand Moultrie

Music by Ezio Bosso

Costume Design and Execution:  George Hudačko

Lighting Design: Clifton Taylor

Première: November 7, 2014
Number of Dancers: 10

Running time: 22 minutes
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Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Vessels is a dynamic tour de force that draws on the energy and artistry of a new generation of Dance Theatre of Harlem artists. In the grand tradition of dance he passes forward the knowledge and inspiration that underlie his roots as a creative artist at the same time he challenges them to honor and maintain their legacy and build on the promise of their potential.

 



 

WHEN LOVE

Choreography by Helen Pickett
Music by Philip Glass
Costumes: Charles Heightchew
Original Artwork for Fabric: Gary Kleinschmidt
Lighting: Mark Stanley

Assistant to the Choreographer: Kellye A. Saunders
Première: October 20, 2012
Number of Dancers: 2
Running time: 8 minutes

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Insistent time maps our days. But, when we are in love we surrender to unbridled time. What we share together during this span seems “out of time.” And then, too suddenly, time shifts into focus again. An imprint of what we shared lingers, and traces of remembrances float into view. Yes, we crawl, walk, run, and love in time. But in these brief, wondrous periods we experience timeless love, and we dance our being.   - Helen Pickett
Music: Knee 5 from Einstein on the Beach

 

When Love was created as part of Harlem Dance Works 2.0, an initiative made possible through a Rockefeller Foundation 2010 NYC Cultural Innovation Grant