Dance Theatre Of Harlem Tickets
The famed Harlem locale of New York has been stereotyped one too many times in popular culture, from television shows and movies to music and videos. Hence the only perception of Harlem that has persisted in the minds of people is violent crime, hustling, drive-by shootouts, car-jacking, prostitution, street gangs and shady-run down apartments blocks. And the only music and culture to have come out of Harlem is rap and hip hop. However, the Dance Theater of Harlem is a shining example of an aesthetically appealing and expressively profound aspect of this iconic neighborhood. Having been launched the same year that NASA apparently launched the rocket that took the first men to the moon, the Dance Theater of Harlem has delivered numerous legendary performances the world over. Claim some Dance Theater of Harlem tickets to relish their dance of defiance.
The 1960s were a time when the African-American community was finding hard to center stage on the basic stages of life, let alone a one for dancing. Times were hard enough for them to make a living doing mainstream jobs and be treated with respect in their existing shoes, let alone put on the ones for dancing. However, alongside the African-Americans that were advancing the Civil Rights Movement, Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook started asserting their own rights of setting up the Dance Theater of Harlem. Mitchell was a protégé of the legendary George Balanchine and rose through the ranks of the New York City Ballet to become the Principal Dancer that saw him perform as Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" a role that had been especially choreographed for him by Balanchine.
Whilst in the NYCB, Arthur had already become acutely aware of the lack of a platform for aspiring dancers within the local African-American community and with the snowballing of Civil Rights Movement, saw the forest for the trees. The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the final brick in his mental edifice and he started the Dance Theater out of a garage in Harlem. This was one unique artistic endeavor that was not intended to be exclusive and marginalize the average citizen, especially the ones residing in the projects, and so priced its performances specifically for those living within a tight budget. Starting with the "Open House Series" and the "Arts Exposure" program at the onset of the 1970s, the Dance Theater of Harlem soon became an icon of quality, affordable entertainment.
The Dance Theater of Harlem delivered its debut performance at the Big Apple's Guggenheim Museum in 1971 and by the end of the decade, already had a successful international tour and three Broadway seasons under its belt. The theater also secured a TV special as part of the critically acclaimed series "Great Performances – Dance in America" and entered into the 1980s with a 46-ballet strong repertoire. The dance company achieved many milestones during the 1980s such as when it became the first American dance entity to perform in Russia as part of a cultural exchange program. 1992 again saw the Dance Theater of Harlem make history when it undertook a tour of South Africa titled as "Dancing Through Barriers" and then celebrating its 30th anniversary in 1999 with a vibrant performance of the ballet Firebird especially for the students of New York city's public school system.
The Dance Theater of Harlem has been bestowed with a number of accolades over the decades such as an induction into the National Museum of Dance as well as the Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney - Hall of Fame that is located in Saratoga Springs. Throughout the 2000s, the company has undertaken several widely acclaimed tours across the UK and the US. After going on hiatus in 2004, the Dance Theater's professional company is all set to resume their activities in a brand new chapter of its life under Virginia Johnson, the new Artistic Director. So book some Dance Theater of Harlem tickets to experience the movement of bodies swaying to a resplendent rhythm that is a testament to the enduring power of dance to overcome divides.
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