Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dance Theatre of Harlem comes to Philly

The newly relaunched Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) wraps up Dance Celebration’s 30th anniversary season, presented by Dance Affiliates and the Annenberg Center. Performances take place at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St. in Philadelphia, on Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 17 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $20-$75 (prices are subject to change). For tickets or for more information, visit AnnenbergCenter.org or call (215) 898-3900. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Annenberg Center Box Office.

The return of the DTH company comes after an eight-year hiatus that allowed for a systematic strengthening of the organization, including rebuilding the board of directors under the leadership of Chairman Kendrick F. Ashton, Jr, revitalized programs and increased fundraising capacity.

Artistic Director Virginia Johnson was a founding member and former prima ballerina and Executive Director Laveen Naidu was a choreographer and the former school director, both continue Mitchell’s vision to build community, inspire and uplift through the power of art.

Returning to his roots is coming full circle for Garland. “Oh, it is super-duper special,” said the choreographer. “I first saw the Dance Theatre of Harlem at the Shubert Theater when I was a teenager, and I went to every single performance and I remember all the dancers — one of them being Virginia Johnson who is now are artistic director. And actually, myself and Virginia performed together at the Shubert Theater once I had joined the company, so it was very interesting being in the theater that I once sat in as a teenager watching the Dance Theatre of Harlem…Yeah… Pretty amazing!”  Read more here

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