Dance News: Dance Theatre of Harlem Makes First Eastern European Tour in 48-Year History
The Company Will Serve as an American Cultural Ambassador in Cities in Lithuania, Poland and Hungary from November 12-24, 2017
Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH), the 48-year-old Harlem-based internationally esteemed classical ballet company, will serve once again as American cultural ambassador with a tour to cities in Lithuania, Poland, and Hungary from November 12 to November 24, 2017. Organized by Riverside Music, LTD of Vilnius, Lithuania, the tour will include four premieres, one DTH Company premiere and popular fan favorites. Artistic Director Virginia Johnson and the 16-member company will present the following activities:
● Two performances - Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Vilnius, Lithuania, November 12 & 14, 2017, 18:30 each evening – SOLD OUT;
● Two performances - Grand Theatre (Teatr Wielki), as part of the 9 Days of Dance Festival, Warsaw, Poland, November 16 & 17, 2017 – SOLD OUT;
● Two master classes for community dance artists, Warsaw, Poland, November 16 & 17, 2017;
● Two performances - National Forum of Music, Wroclaw, Poland, November 20 & 21, 2017, 19:00 each evening;
● Two performances - Müpa, Budapest, Hungary, November 23 & 24, 2017, 19:00 each evening—SOLD OUT; and
● Two master classes for community dance artists, Budapest, Hungary, November 23 & 24, 2017.
Artists Anthony Javier Savoy and Lindsey Croop. Credit: Rachel Neville.
Support for DTH’s Eastern European tour is made possible in part by the U.S. Embassy Warsaw, Poland; the U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary; USArtists International with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support provided the Howard Gilman Foundation; and American Dance Abroad.
Founded in 1969 by legendary New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Arthur Mitchell and his former teacher and mentor, the late Karel Shook (1920 – 1985), and in response to the assassination of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dance Theatre of Harlem was created with the primary goal of providing access to the art form of classical ballet to people of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. DTH quickly grew into a globally-acclaimed dance institution that has occupied a distinguished place in New York City’s cultural landscape and at the forefront of artistic achievement for 48 years.
DTH has built a reputation for innovative repertoire as well as re-conceived classics that strove to make ballet relevant to contemporary life. High-profile international tours sponsored have included the former USSR (1988), South Africa (1992, sent to celebrate the official end of apartheid), China (2000), and Honduras (2014).
For additional information visit dancetheatreofharlem.org.
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