The First Permanent Black Ballet Company, 50 Years Later
In celebration of 50 years of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the theatre is putting on months of fantastic events and mesmerizing performances. The theatre's co-founders Karel Shook and Arthur Mitchell are now legends whose dream of an ethnically diverse ballet company has come to fruition.
Consisting of various shows, this 50th anniversary celebration comprises of innovative new pieces and recreations of past performances including Geoffrey Holder's 1974 'Dougla' which depicts the marriage ceremony of an African and Indian mixed couple. Audiences will also have the opportunity to meet some of the ballerinas.
The anniversary comes just after the recent death of Arthur Mitchell and aims to celebrate his life and legacy through events happening from November through to April next year.