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.
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.”
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.
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.