The theme for the 2016 New York season of Dance Theatre of Harlem is “Women Who Move Us” culminating in a tribute to black ballerinas. When Arthur Mitchell founded DTH to give African-Americans opportunities in dance, a black ballerina was part of his vision.
The season, running from April 6th and on the 8th and 9th at New York City Center, will be crowned by Black Ballerina Magic: A Tribute on April 9th at 8pm. The Tribute will feature an impressively long roster of former black ballerinas from Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York City Ballet, Houston Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre.
On April 6th, at DTH’s 5th Annual Vision Gala that kicked off the season, Joyce Dinkins, the 106th First Lady of New York City was given the Carl & Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Medal by the current First Lady, Chirlane McCray. For this, the DTH’s 47th season as a ballet company. DTH’s Artistic Director Virginia Johnson will present R&B legend Gladys Knight – the Empress of Soul – with the Arthur Mitchell Vision Award.
The programs, bring to the New York City Center stage the choreography of three women– Elena Kunikova, Dianne McIntyre and Helen Pickett.
Kunikova and McIntyre have been invited to premiere work for DTH. Pickett’s When Love is returning to the stage this season. There will also
be pieces by Robert Garland and Nacho Duato.
We can look forward to being moved by DTH
as Mitchell’s vision for Dance Theatre of Harlem is realized in an ever more inclusive world of dance.