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.
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.
Pièce d'Occasion - Robert Garland
for the DTH School
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.
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.