Dance Theatre of Harlem
For 50 years, Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) has demonstrated how the power of art can transform lives by providing access to ballet for all. Founded in 1969 by the legendary Arthur Michell and his former teacher, Karen Shook, DTH has grown into a globally-acclaimed dance institution that occupies a distinguished place in New York City’s cultural landscape and the forefront of American artistic achievement. While continuing to build on the Founders’ vision, artistic director Virginia Johnson, a founding member and former prima ballerina, has brought new energy to DTH since her appointment in 2010. Having been in residency at Chautauqua in Spring of 2021, DTH will now return for their debut performance in the Chautauqua Amphitheater.
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Dance Theatre of Harlem was originally scheduled to perform in 2020 as part of Chautauqua Institution’s annual Summer Assembly. The pandemic forced cancellation of the summer 2020 in-person festival and required curtailed programming for their 2021 festival due to COVID-19 health and safety measures. In response to these roadblocks, Chautauqua Institution offered vital support to DTH in the form of a quarantine bubble-style residency.
The four-week engagement in the spring of 2021 allowed the company to safely rehearse, partnered and unmasked. The residency consisted of virtual performances, artistic conversations, video documentation and a lecture-demonstration streamed online to schools throughout the region. It also served as the inaugural creation and rehearsal period for a new work celebrating the life of jazz pianist, popular entertainer, and civil rights activist Hazel Scott. This important new work, funded by major grant support from the National Dance Project / NEFA, is being choreographed by Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Artistic Director of Emerge 125, with original score by NY-based DJ and composer Erica Blunt (aka Twelve45), both of whom were also in attendance during the Chautauqua residency.
Dance Theatre of Harlem will deliver their long overdue in-person performance as part of the opening week celebration of Chautauqua’s 2022 Summer Assembly in June. In addition, DTH will deliver a master class for dance students, as well as provide a workshop preview of the yet-to-be-titled Hazel Scott ballet which is set to premiere in October 2022 in Washington. D.C.