IMPRESSIONS: Dance Theatre of Harlem 2
IMPRESSIONS: Dance Theatre of Harlem ll
At The Joyce Theater New York
Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 2pm
Artistic Director: Virginia Johnson
Director DTH II: Keith Saunders
Dancers: Flavia Garcia, Renee Bharath Kim, Ashley Murphy, Lourdes Rodriquez, Mayuko Shoka , Ingrid Silva, Danielle Thomas, Steophanie Williams, Alexandra Jacob Wilson, Fredrick Davis, DaVon Doane,Taurean Green , Jehbreal Jackson, David Kim, Anthony Savoy, and Samuel Wilson
Choreography: David Fernandez, Christopher Huggins, George Balanchine, and Donald Byrd
Film by: Gabrielle Lamb EN AVANT*
©Christine Jowers for The Dance Enthusiast
|Dance Theatre of Harlem II in Donald Byrd's Contested Space Photo © Rachel Neville|
|Alexandra Jacob Wilson and Samuel Wilson in Donald Byrd's Contested Space Photo © Rachel Neville|
This performance was not a promise for the future, but a bold announcement of,
“We are here."
While all the work presented during the Saturday matinee program showed off the talents of the company- whether it be their acting skill, polished technique or the ability to pirouette from the demands of brand new ballets created in 2011 (by David Fernandez and Christopher Huggins) to the Glinka Pas de Trois choreographed in 1955 by George Balanchine. The dancing highlight of the day was the finale, Contested Space choreographed by Donald Byrd. Wow. Up to that point what I saw were extremely gifted young people, our stars of the future. But from the moment the smoke rose on stage and the electronic funk of Amon Tobin’s music crackled and spit, the dancing was star-studded magnificence. Imagine the asymmetrical lines and light rail speed of neo -classical ballet mixed with club dancing’s’ percussive shudders, pops, and winding hips. Imagine ballet that is knock down drag out sexy and unabashedly authoritative. Donald Byrd and The Dance Theater Harlem II - what a combination. This performance was not a promise for the future, but a bold announcement of, “We are here."
was wonderful to see this documentary short and all the old pictures of the Dance Theatre of Harlem as I knew them as a child, mixed with the voices of dancers and teachers of today. I hope we get the chance to see this film again. En evant in ballet lingo means front or to the front... I can't wait to see more of The Dance Theatre of Harlem ( be it ll or l) out at the front of the stage....