Dance Theatre Of Harlem

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The Orpheum Theatre-Memphis says
The Company is known for its thrilling performances that successfully challenge preconceived notions. The Dance Theatre of Harlem Company consists of 14 racially diverse dance artists who perform an eclectic, demanding repertoire. In addition to performances in New York City, across the country and abroad, Company activities that carry a message of empowerment through the arts also include engaging community through education activities for audiences and young people. The Company's Memphis residency includes four powerful pieces:

Vessels
Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Vessels is a dynamic tour de force that draws on the energy and artistry of a new generation of Dance Theatre of Harlem artists. In the grand tradition of dance he passes forward the knowledge and inspiration that underlie his roots as a creative artist at the same time he challenges them to honor and maintain their legacy and build on the promise of their potential.

Chaconne
Jose Limón created this solo for himself in 1942, and it has since been performed by Company principal dancers (men and women) and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Limón tried to capture the formal austerity and the profound quality of the music with his choreography, and the solo is stunning when performed with a violinist onstage.

Change
A new work choreographed by the incomparable Dianne McIntyre.

Return
A rousing blend of the elegance of classical ballet and the gritty drive of soul music, Return is a quintessential DTH ballet. To songs of Aretha Franklin and James Brown, Garland pushes the boundaries of ballet technique and form, incorporating and blending vernacular movement from the African American experience. From Pas de Bouree to the Cabbage Patch, Ballone to the bump, the ballet fulfills Dance Theatre of Harlem's idea of what it means to be "Classically American."
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