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Dance Theatre of Harlem:


40 Years of Firsts

Exhibition on View: February 8th - April 28th, 2013


The Dance Theatre of Harlem has made history in the 40 years since it was founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and the late Karel Shook.

Focusing on the discipline of dance, Mitchell brought ballet to Harlem and DTH evolved from a school into a world class company as its artists became powerful ambassadors for all of America.

Highlighting Dance Theatre of Harlem's 40-plus year history, this magnificent exhibition celebrates the history and art of dance with 22 costumes, set pieces, videos, photographs and tour posters from four staged ballets including: A Streetcar Named Desire, Creole Giselle, Dougla and Firebird. Dispelling the belief that ballet could not be performed by those of African decent, Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1969. This multimedia exhibition captures the majesty of the choreography, the beauty of the costuming, and the dancers who defied gravity and stereotyping. With a modest beginning, holding classes in a warehouse on 152nd Street, the school has greatly expanded and since grown into a multicultural dance institution.

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