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Dance News: Dance Theatre of Harlem Makes First Eastern European Tour in 48-Year History

Dance News: Dance Theatre of Harlem Makes First Eastern European Tour in 48-Year History

Published on November 8, 2017
Photo credit: Rachel Neville.

The Company Will Serve as an American Cultural Ambassador in Cities in Lithuania, Poland and Hungary from November 12-24, 2017

Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH), the 48-year-old Harlem-based internationally esteemed classical ballet company, will serve once again as American cultural ambassador with a tour to cities in Lithuania, Poland, and Hungary from November 12 to November 24, 2017.  Organized by Riverside Music, LTD of Vilnius, Lithuania, the tour will include four premieres, one DTH Company premiere and popular fan favorites. Artistic Director Virginia Johnson and the 16-member company will present the following activities:

●    Two performances - Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Vilnius, Lithuania, November 12 & 14, 2017,  18:30 each evening – SOLD OUT;

●    Two performances - Grand Theatre (Teatr Wielki), as part of the 9 Days of Dance Festival, Warsaw, Poland, November 16 & 17, 2017 – SOLD OUT;

●    Two master classes for community dance artists, Warsaw, Poland, November 16 & 17, 2017;

●    Two performances - National Forum of Music, Wroclaw, Poland, November 20 & 21, 2017,  19:00 each evening;

●    Two performances - Müpa, Budapest, Hungary, November 23 & 24, 2017,  19:00 each evening—SOLD OUT; and

●    Two master classes for community dance artists, Budapest, Hungary, November 23 & 24, 2017.

A duet between two DTH dancers. Both are dressed in all-brown.

Artists Anthony Javier Savoy and Lindsey Croop. Credit: Rachel Neville.

Support for DTH’s Eastern European tour is made possible in part by the U.S. Embassy Warsaw, Poland; the U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary; USArtists International with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support provided the Howard Gilman Foundation; and American Dance Abroad.

Founded  in  1969  by legendary  New York  City  Ballet  Principal  Dancer  Arthur  Mitchell and his former teacher  and mentor,  the late  Karel  Shook  (1920  – 1985),  and in  response  to the assassination of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dance Theatre of Harlem was created with the primary goal of providing  access  to  the  art  form  of  classical  ballet  to  people  of  all  ethnic  and socioeconomic backgrounds.  DTH  quickly  grew  into  a globally-acclaimed  dance institution  that has  occupied  a distinguished place in New York City’s cultural landscape and at the forefront of artistic achievement for 48 years.

A ballerina in a yellow tutu with one leg raised and the other en pointe.
Artist Chyrstn Fentroy in Brahms Variations. Photo by Heiko DeWees.

DTH has built a reputation for innovative repertoire as well as re-conceived classics that strove to make ballet relevant to contemporary life.  High-profile international tours sponsored have included the former USSR (1988), South  Africa  (1992,  sent  to celebrate  the official  end of  apartheid), China  (2000), and Honduras (2014).

For additional information visit dancetheatreofharlem.org.


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