RETURN TO SEASON PAGE Dance Theatre of Harlem
PROGRAM A • CLOSING NIGHT • SATURDAY • APRIL 7, 2018 • 8PM

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PROGRAM A
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Valse-Fantaisie (New York Premiere) - George Balanchine
When George Balanchine created this version of Valse-Fantaisie to Mikhail Glinka’s music of the same name, he employed his signature musicality, fleetness and brilliance. New to the Dance Theatre of Harlem repertoire, Valse-Fantaisie is performed by five women and one man who capture the music’s joyful spirit in this gem of neo classicism.

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This Bitter Earth (New York Premiere) - Christopher Wheeldon
Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s sublime pas de deux, This Bitter Earth is set to a mashup of Max Richter’s minimalist “On the Nature of Daylight” and Dinah Washington’s soulful rendition of the 1960s Rhythm and Blues hit, “This Bitter Earth.” The resulting brief encounter between a man and a woman leads one to believe that “…this bitter earth may not be so bitter after all.”

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Harlem On My Mind - Darrell Grand Moultrie
When asked to create his third work for Dance Theatre of Harlem, acclaimed choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie chose to reflect on the persistent and evolving mystique that is the place called Harlem. With music by Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis and others, Moultrie’s dynamic choreography for Harlem On My Mind draws on a rich continuum of jazz to burst from the stage.

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Dougla (Company Revival) with dancers from Collage Dance Collective - Geoffrey Holder
In Trinidad, “Dougla” is the name given to people of African and Indian/South Asian descent. The late Geoffrey Holder, performer extraordinaire, visual artist and choreographer, drew on his Trinidadian heritage to create his masterpiece ballet, Dougla, a marriage ceremony as pageant. A long-time company favorite, Dougla returns to active repertoire with live music and all of its spectacle and glory.


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MEET THE CHOREOGRAPHERS

George Balanchine
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, GEORGE BALANCHINE (Choreographer, 1904-1983) is regarded as the foremost choreographer in the world of ballet of the modern era. He came to the United States in 1933, at the age of 29, accepting the invitation of the young American arts patron Lincoln Kirstein (1907-1996), whose great passions included the dream of creating a ballet company in America. At Balanchine's behest, Kirstein was also prepared to support an American academy of ballet. In 1934 the School of American Ballet was founded. With a performance on October 11, 1948, the New York City Ballet was born. Balanchine served as its ballet master and principal choreographer from 1948 until his death in 1983. Balanchine's more than 400 dance works include Serenade (1934), Concerto Barocco (1941), Orpheus (1948), The Nutcracker (1954), Agon (1957), Symphony in Three Movements (1972), Stravinsky Violin Concerto (1972), Vienna Waltzes (1977), Ballo della Regina (1978), and Mozartiana (1981). A major artistic figure of the twentieth century, Balanchine revolutionized the look of classical ballet. Taking classicism as his base, he heightened, quickened, expanded, streamlined, and even inverted the fundamentals of the 400-year-old language of academic dance. This had an inestimable influence on the growth of dance in America. Although at first his style seemed particularly suited to the energy and speed of American dancers, especially those he trained, his ballets are now performed by all the major classical ballet companies throughout the world.
Christopher Wheeldon
CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON (Director & Choreographer) trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Royal Ballet in 1991. He joined New York City Ballet (NYCB) in 1993 and was promoted to Soloist in 1998. He served as NYCB’s first-ever Artist in Residence in 2000/2001 and was named NYCB’s first Resident Choreographer in July 2001. Wheeldon has created productions for all the world’s major ballet companies including: New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and National Ballet Of Canada. In 2014 Wheeldon directed and choreographed the musical version of An American In Paris which premiered in at the Chatelet Theatre. The Broadway production premiered at the Palace Theatre a year later and won a 2015 Tony Award for Best Choreography and Outer Critics Award for Best Choreography and Direction. In April 2016 Wheeldon was the Artistic Director for Les Arts Decoratif’s Fashion Forward exhibit in Paris.
Darrell Grand Moultrie
DARRELL GRAND MOULTRIE (Choreographer) is one of America’s most sought after choreographers and master teachers. A recipient of a prestigious Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award, he is one of the rare choreographers who creates work in theater, modern, ballet, and commercial dance genres. Mr. Moultrie has created and staged multiple works for Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Met Columbus, Sacramento Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet, among others. His work has also been commissioned by North Carolina Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Atlanta Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and Smuin Ballet. Most recently Grammy Award–winning recording artist Beyoncé selected Mr. Moultrie as one of her choreographers for her Mrs. Carter World Tour. He also recently collaborated with Tony Award–winning hoofer Savion Glover on a new dance project.
Geoffrey Holder
GEOFFREY HOLDER (Choreographer, 1930-2014) has aptly been described as a “Renaissance man in an age of specialists.” Born into an artistic family in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, made his New York stage debut in 1954 in Harold Arlen’s Broadway musical House of Flowers. This marked the beginning of a distinguished Broadway career that included Best Direction and Best Costume Tony awards for The Wiz (1975) and for Timbuktu! (1978, which he directed and choreographed. Holder choreographed such classic works for Dance Theatre of Harlem as Dougla (1974), for which he created the costumes and music and the world- renowned Firebird (1982) in which his lighting, set and costume designs set the ballet in a magical forest. For the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, he created costumes and music for the Prodigal Prince (1967). Geoffrey Holder was widely recognized for such roles as the villain, Baron Samedi, in the James Bond film, Live and Let Die (1973), as Punjab in Annie (1982), as Nelson in Boomerang (1992) and as the international spokesperson for the 7-Up “uncola” advertising campaign. His artistic achievements have been chronicled in the book Geoffrey Holder: A Life in Theater, Dance and Art by dance critic Jennifer Dunning (2001). Mr. Holder was married to Carmen de Lavallade for nearly sixty years.


MEET THE COMPANY

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Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director

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Kellye Saunders, Ballet Master

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Keith Saunders, Ballet Master

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Robert Garland, Resident Choreographer

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Lindsey Croop
Midland, TX

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Donald Nguyen Davison
Loma Linda, CA

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Da'Von Doane
Salisbury, MD

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Yinet Fernandez
Marianao La Habana, Cuba

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Alicia Mae Holloway
Morgantown, WV

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Choong Hoon Lee
Seoul, South Korea

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Christopher McDaniel
East Harlem, NY

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Anthony Santos
New York, NY

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Dylan Santos
São Paulo, Brazil

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Crystal Serrano
Denver, CO

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Ingrid Silva
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Amanda Smith
Orange County, CA

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Alison Stroming
Recife, Brazil

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Jorge Andres Villarini
San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Stephanie Rae Williams
Salt Lake City, Utah

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