Highlighting Dance Theatre of Harlem’s 40-plus year history, this magnificent exhibition celebrates the history and art of dance with 25 costumes and accessories, set pieces, documentary video excerpts, historical photographs and tour posters; and includes four dramatically-staged ballets that are iconic to the company: A Streetcar Named Desire, Creole Giselle, Dougla and Firebird. Dispelling the belief that ballet could not be performed by those of African descent, Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1969. It has since grown into a multi-cultural dance institution.
The exhibition comes with customized costume forms and backdrops for the four staged ballets. Banners are long and can be mounted to a wall, or will require tall ceilings to hang in open air space.
In the last 39 years, the professional touring company of Dance Theatre of Harlem has performed in 41 states, 202 cities in North America, and in 40 countries on 6 continents. Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts opens at the University Museum at Texas Southern University on January 25, 2013.
“one of ballet’s most exciting undertakings”
- The New York Times, 1971
“As a young girl, I dreamed of being a ballet dancer, but was told I couldn't do it because I was black. I feel very fortunate and thrilled that I can pass this art form along to the next generation of dancers.”
- Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem
|Number of Works:||More than 250 objects including 25 costumes with set pieces, 56 combination framed photographs, 20 tour posters, 4 banners and 4 historical video excerpts for four staged ballets|
|Curator:||Judy Tyrus, Exhibition Curator for Dance Theatre of Harlem along with Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg Curator of Exhibitions at the Shelby Cullom Davis Museum, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts|
|Designed by:||Woodburn Schofield, Deputy Director of Operations and Special Programs with the California African American Museum; and Edward Garcia, Exhibit Supervisor of Dance Theatre of Harlem|
|Organized by:||California African American Museum, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts|
|Approximate size:||4,000 square feet|
|Fee:||$15,000 plus courier and outgoing shipping|
|Reduced Fee:||$12,500 plus courier and outgoing shipping, late-September 2014 to December 2014|
|Shipping:||IA&A makes all arrangements; exhibitors pay outgoing shipping costs within the contiguous United States|
|Booking Time:||12 weeks|
|Tour:||September 2013 – December 2015|
|Availability:||Late-September 2014 – December 2015|
Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX
January 18, 2014 – March 16, 2014
National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs, NY
April 11, 2014 – September 9, 2014
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
May 2016 – September 2016, Dates TBD (Reserved)