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Dance Theatre of Harlem

The 17-member, multi-ethnic company performs a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics, neoclassical works, and innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture. This program includes the Northrop Centennial CommissionHigher Ground, with choreography by Robert Garland and music by Stevie Wonder, and Balamouk choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa with music by Les Yeux Noirs. Passage, choreographed by Claudia Schreier with a commissioned score by Jessie Montgomery, offers a moving reflection on the fortitude of the human spirit, created in recognition of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to Virginia in 1619.

“The work [Higher Ground], by the company’s resident choreographer, Robert Garland, was vital in that moment but feels prescient after the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests that took over cities this summer. The combination of Mr. Garland’s rich movement vocabulary, which mines and melds ballet with modern dance and street forms, and Mr. Wonder’s music was intoxicating — a promise for the future.” —Gia Kourlas, The New York Times

Themes

  • This dance company was created during the pain and struggle of the 1960s civil rights movement, as a form of artistic resistance. What roles can the arts play in times of social and political strife? Do you think these roles have changed today from what they were in the 1960s?
  • One of the intentions of this performance is to use ballet to celebrate African American culture. In what ways do you imagine a dance form can celebrate a specific culture or community of people?
This performance is best suited for students age 12 and older.

Friday, January 28 2022 at 7:30 pm

In partnership with

The Northrop

Transportation

If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

Additional Information

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Dance Theatre of Harlem

Friday, January 28 2022 at 7:30 pm

In partnership with

The Northrop

Transportation

If you do not have access to a ride, call Project Success and we can provide transportation for you. Please let us know if you need a ride when you make your reservation. We will need at least 2 days’ notice to set up transportation.

The 17-member, multi-ethnic company performs a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics, neoclassical works, and innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture. This program includes the Northrop Centennial CommissionHigher Ground, with choreography by Robert Garland and music by Stevie Wonder, and Balamouk choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa with music by Les Yeux Noirs. Passage, choreographed by Claudia Schreier with a commissioned score by Jessie Montgomery, offers a moving reflection on the fortitude of the human spirit, created in recognition of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to Virginia in 1619.

“The work [Higher Ground], by the company’s resident choreographer, Robert Garland, was vital in that moment but feels prescient after the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests that took over cities this summer. The combination of Mr. Garland’s rich movement vocabulary, which mines and melds ballet with modern dance and street forms, and Mr. Wonder’s music was intoxicating — a promise for the future.” —Gia Kourlas, The New York Times

Themes

  • This dance company was created during the pain and struggle of the 1960s civil rights movement, as a form of artistic resistance. What roles can the arts play in times of social and political strife? Do you think these roles have changed today from what they were in the 1960s?
  • One of the intentions of this performance is to use ballet to celebrate African American culture. In what ways do you imagine a dance form can celebrate a specific culture or community of people?
This performance is best suited for students age 12 and older.

Additional Information

A sample of the dance Higher Ground:

A sample of the dance Passage: