RETURN TO SEASON PAGE Dance Theatre of Harlem
OPENING NIGHT • VISION GALA • WEDNESDAY • APRIL 4, 2018 • 7PM

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Brahms Variations (excerpt) - Robert Garland
The inspiration for the ballet is Louis XIV, French Patron of the Arts, and Grandfather of the ballet canon. Arthur Mitchell was a big persona in my life, a Harlem version of the French Monarch. So, the ballet is, in part, Louis the XIV’s court meeting Harlem Swag.

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Change - Dianne McIntyre
This work is inspired by women—Black, Brown and Beige—who have refashioned the neighborhood, the country, the world through their vision, courage, and endurance. Often unsung, sometimes inconspicuous, these individuals could be called warriors for change.

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Pièce d'Occasion - Robert Garland for the DTH School
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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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Dougla (Company Revival) - 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.



VISION GALA

Join us for dinner and dancing at the Park Hyatt, New York following the Opening Night Performance.


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MEET THE CHOREOGRAPHERS

Robert Garland
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.
Dianne Mcintyre
DIANNE MCINTYRE (Choreographer) has choreographed for her own Sounds in Motion company, Philadanco, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, countless university student ensembles, American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival and Jacobs Pillow. Her music collaborators include, Olu Dara, Max Roach, Hannibal, Cecil Taylor, Lester Bowie and Don Pullen. In theatre, Ms. McIntyre has worked with Broadway, London, Off Broadway and Regional Theaters. Her film and television credits include, Beloved, Miss Evers’ Boys and Langston Hughes: The Dream Keeper. She has been awarded the 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award, three Bessie Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Helen Hayes Award (D.C. Theatre), the Audelco (New York Black Theatre), the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees from SUNY Purchase and Cleveland State University and numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. Her upcoming projects include, Lost in Language and Sound, a workshop of a choreo-essay by Ntozake Shange at Karamu Theatre and a solo at New York Live Arts in association with Music, Marcos Balter and Bill T. Jones.
Marius Petipa
MARIUS PETIPA (Choreographer) Born in Marseilles, France, MARIUS PETIPA (Choreographer, 1818-1910) began his dance training at the age of seven with his father, Jean Petipa, the French dancer and teacher. Considered the "father of classical ballet,” the value of his accomplishments is immeasurable, with more than 60 original full-evening ballets, dances in over 30 operas and numerous revivals. Petipa’s career with the Russian Imperial Ballet lasted nearly sixty years. He was both a dancer and later a choreographer and is best remembered for ballet masterpieces such as The Nutcracker (1892), Sleeping Beauty (1890), Don Quixote (1869), La Bayadère (1877), and Le Corsaire (1856). His contributions to classical ballet have been vast due not only to his long career but to his mastery of all elements of production. Petipa elevated the Russian ballet to international fame and laid the cornerstone for 20th century ballet, which endures to this day.
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
Salisbury, MD

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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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