Dance Theatre of Harlem: MLK Celebration

Dance Theatre of Harlem: MLK Celebration

Experience poetry in motion when the legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem, celebrating 45 years of passion, power and perfection, returns for the 2016 MLK Celebration at NJPAC.

NJPAC’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration pays tribute to the life and legacy of one of the 20th century’s most inspiring leaders. January 2016 features the return of Dance Theatre of Harlem, the legendary ballet company founded as an artistic means to turn despair into hope following the assassination of Dr. King.

The program’s guest speaker is the Rev. Dr. Jerry M. Sanders, senior pastor of the Fountain Baptist Church in Summit.

Dance Theatre of Harlem, one of the nation’s most vital dance institutions, consists of racially diverse dancers, known worldwide for bringing a contemporary flair to classical and neo-classical ballet repertoire. The company was founded in 1969 by dance master Arthur Mitchell (the first African-American man to become a principal dancer with a major U.S. ballet company, New York City Ballet) and the late Karel Shook. 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.

Dance Theatre of Harlem is still teaching dancers how to fly…” (The Washington Post)

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Vessels (Darrell Grand Moultrie, choreographer; Ezio Bosso, music)

Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven (Ulysses Dove, choreographer; Arvo Pärt, composer)

Return (Robert Garland, choreographer; songs by James Brown and Aretha Franklin)