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Dance Theatre of Harlem was founded by the late Arthur Mitchell and co-founder Karel Shook in 1969 to create a new vision of ballet as well as an opportunity where none had existed before. Their very first performance was at Jacob’s Pillow. For over 50 years, the company’s signature artistry has challenged expectations, provided a platform for new voices, and broken down barriers.
Their Virtual Festival program features highlights from the recent 2019 celebration of the company’s 50th Anniversary and includes Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Harlem on My Mind; Christopher Wheeldon’s pas de deux This Bitter Earth; George Balanchine’s classic Valse Fantaisie; and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Balamouk.
Pre-Show Talk with Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Theresa Ruth Howard; Post-Show Talk with Artistic Director Virginia Johnson.