RETURN TO SEASON PAGE Dance Theatre of Harlem
FAMILY MATINÉE • MEET THE BALLERINA • SATURDAY • APRIL 7, 2018 • 2PM

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FAMILY MATINÉE
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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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Le Corsaire, Pas de Deux - Marius Petipa
The “Le Corsaire Pas De Deux” is taken from a 3-act tale of love’s ultimate triumph over betrayal and disaster. This excerpt is the ballet’s most popular bravura showpiece and is filled with sophistication and challenging technical feats.
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Harlem On My Mind (New York Premiere) - 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

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ROBERT GARLAND (DTH Resident Choreographer) a native of Philadelphia, he danced with Ballet Hispanico before becoming a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem company where he achieved the rank of principal dancer. After creating a work for the DTH School Ensemble, Arthur Mitchell invited Mr. Garland to create a work for the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company and appointed him the organization’s first resident choreographer. Over the years, Mr. Garland has created such masterful ballets as among others, New Bach, Brahms Variations and a work that has become a company signature, Return, set to the music of Aretha Franklin and James Brown. He currently directs the DTH school and is in demand as a master teacher. In addition to choreographing ballets for Dance Theatre of Harlem, Mr. Garland has also created works for New York City Ballet, Britain’s The 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. Mr. Garland holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Juilliard School in New York City.
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.
Marius Petipa
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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