DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM - Dance Portrait

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Troy Game
Composer: Downes, Bob
Ballet Company: Harlem Dance Theatre
Choreographer: North, Robert


Corps de Ballet: Harlem Dance Theatre
Television Director: Grimm, Thomas
Costume Designer: Farmer, Peter

The Beloved (arr. T. Leon)
Arranger: Leon, Tania
Ballet Company: Harlem Dance Theatre
Choreographer: Horton, Lester


Television Director: Grimm, Thomas
Costume Designer: Wynn, Zelda

John Henry
Ballet Company: Harlem Dance Theatre
Choreographer: Mitchell, Arthur

Girlfriend: Hall, Yvonne
The Machine: Perry, Ronald
Young John Henry: Jackson, Gregory

Soloist: Bibb, Leon
Television Director: Grimm, Thomas
Lighting Designer: Schilk, Warren Scott
Set/Stage Designer: Harper, Ves
Costume Designer: Michel, Carl

Date of Concert: 1989
Playing Time: 01:41:32
Catalogue Number: 100174
UPC: 4006680101743

The Dance Theatre of Harlem's birthplace was in a disused garage in Harlem, a black district of New York. Arthur Mitchell, the founder who still acts as its artistic director, set up the ballet school with the aim of giving black dancers the opportunity of sound training, as their skin color meant that they often encountered difficulties finding employment with existing companies which consisted mainly of white dancers. Since its humble beginnings in 1969 – it was founded shortly after the murder of Martin Luther King – the Dance Theatre of Harlem has attained worldwide status. Today, its repertoire is a representative cross section from the history of artistic dancing. Alongside classics of the Russian school such as Swan Lake and Sheherazade, successful neoclassical ballets from the years following the First World War as well as works by contemporary choreographers are shown.

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