March 11 & 12, 2017
Sunday: show at 3:00 pm
Doors open one hour prior
(not including fees)
Groups of 10 or more save!
STG Presents Dance Theatre of Harlem at The Paramount Theatre March 11 & 12, 2017.
THE DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM COMPANY consists of 14 racially diverse dance artists who perform an eclectic, demanding repertoire. From treasured classics, neo-classical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, cutting edge contemporary works and works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture, the Company brings new life to the art form of classical ballet. In addition to performing in New York City, across the country and abroad, the Company prides itself in creating activities that carry a message of empowerment through the arts like engaging local communities through education activities for audiences and young people. They are known for their thrilling performances that successfully challenge preconceived notions.
For this program, the Company will perform four exhilarating and thought-provoking works from its repertoire. First is Jose Limón’s classic tour de force Chaconne, the riveting solo that has been danced by renowned artists such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, and is often danced at DTH by both male and female solo artists. Next is Nacho Duato’s Coming Together, a complex work set to the music of Frederic Rzewski and the words of political prisoner Sam Melville, which examines the interrelated elements of music and sound and how they come together to produce dance. Classic influence meets modern movement in Robert Garland’s New Bach, a work that pays tribute to the importance of neoclassical ballet while also bringing together elements of popular dance. Inspired by current social justice issues in America, in particular as they relate to the black community, Francesca Harper’s System features the dynamic complexity of John Adams’ "First String Quartet" as its soundscape and is a profoundly personal work built in collaboration with the dancers using their own experiences as people of color. System, which also features Adams’ "Fellow Traveler," will include live accompaniment by a Seattle Symphony string quartet featuring Artur Girsky, First Violin; Misha Shmidt, Second Violin; Sayako Kokubo, Viola; and Eric Han, Cello.
The presentation of Dance Theatre of Harlem was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.