Dance Theatre of Harlem: MLK Celebration

Dance Theatre of Harlem: MLK Celebration

Experience poetry in motion when Dance Theatre of Harlem, celebrating 47 years of passion, power and perfection, returns for the MLK Celebration at NJPAC with a pair of premieres!

Dance Theatre of Harlem, founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, was an artistic means of turning despair into hope following the assassination of Dr. King. Considered “one of ballet’s most exciting undertakings” (The New York Times), it has grown over more than four decades into an innovative, multi-cultural company that brings bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences around the globe.

One of the nation’s most vital dance institutions, the company consists of racially diverse dancers, known worldwide for bringing a contemporary flair to classical and neo-classical ballet repertoire.  Dance Theatre of Harlem remains committed to artistic excellence, and to reaching new audiences with a powerful message of self-reliance, artistic relevance and individual responsibility.

For the evening's program, please click on the Program Notes tab above.

Click here to purchase advance parking to this performance.

Join us at free dance workshops in your community!

 pseg_logo.jpgUNITED NEW.png

Charity Navigator

New Bach
Robert Garland, choreographer
Music: Bach Violin Concerto in A minor
The dynamism of neoclassical ballet was instilled in Dance Theatre of Harlem by founder Arthur Mitchell, and Artistic Director Robert Garland has captured its essence with New Bach, a supreme expression of postmodern-urban neoclassicism and a tribute to George Balanchine’s neoclassical ballet, infused with popular dance vernacular.

NJPAC premiere:
Equilibrium (Brotherhood)
Darrell Grand Moultrie, choreographer
Music: Kenji Bunch
Through physicality, athleticism and grace, Equilibrium (Brotherhood) is set to explore the importance of male bonding and how it can bring stability to one’s life.

Darrell Grand Moultrie, choreographer
Music: Ezio Bosso
Darrell Grand Moultrie has choreographed for everything from ballet to Broadway to Beyoncé. His Vessels is an exhilarating tour de force specifically designed to challenge the unique energy and artistry of a new generation of Dance Theatre of Harlem dancers. A tribute to the company’s legacy as well as its future, Vessels is set to a score by Italian composer Ezio Bosso.

NJPAC premiere:
Dianne McIntyre, choreographer
Music: Spelman College Glee Club, with original music composed and performed by Eli Fountain
Change celebrates those unsung heroes that dancemaker Dianne McIntyre calls “warriors of change” – women of color who have the vision and endurance to refashion their neighborhoods, their country, even the world.