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Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts
Le Corsaire tutu, c. 1979, designer unknown. Photo 2013 © Earl Hudhall. 'Firebird' flag bearers costumes, 1982, designed by Geoffrey Holder. Photo 2013 © Earl Hudhall. 'Pas de Dix' jacket, 1983, designed by Carl Michel. Photo 2013 © Earl Hudhall. Installation at California African American Museum. Photo 2010 © Gene Ogami. Orange, yellow and red Paquita tutus, 1974, designed by Carl Michel. Photo 2013 © Earl Hudhall. Installation at California African American Museum. Photo 2010 © Gene Ogami.

SUMMARY

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

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“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


SPECIFICATIONS

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
Security: Moderate security
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: January 2014 – December 2016
Availability: For 8 weeks, late-January 2015 – April 2015; August 2015 – December 2016
Contact: Beth Pacentrilli

 


TOUR SCHEDULE

Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX
January 18, 2014 – March 16, 2014

National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs, NY
April 11, 2014 – September 9, 2014

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN 
December 20, 2014 – March 15, 2015 (Reserved)

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Baltimore, MD
April 1, 2015 – September 10, 2015 (Reserved)


IMAGES

Installation at California African American Museum. Photo 2010 © Gene Ogami. Installation at California African American Museum. Photo 2010 © Gene Ogami. Installation at California African American Museum. Photo 2010 © Gene Ogami. 'Le Combat' female tunic, 1975, designed by Marie Laure. Photo 2013 © Earl Hudhall. 'Le Corsaire' tutu, c. 1979, designer unknown. Photo 2013 © Earl Hudhall.
'Pas de Dix' jacket, 1983, designed by Carl Michel. Photo 2013 © Earl Hudhall. 'Rythmetron' headpiece, 1970, designed by Bernard Johnson. Photo 2013 © Earl Hudhall. 'Dougla' Green Lady, 1974, designed by Geoffrey Holder. Photo 2013 © Earl Hudhall. Installation at California African American Museum. Photo 2010 © Gene Ogami. Installation at California African American Museum. Photo 2010 © Gene Ogami.
Installation at California African American Museum. Photo 2010 © Gene Ogami. Installation at California African American Museum. Photo 2010 © Gene Ogami. nstallation at The University Museum at Texas Southern University, Houston. Photo courtesy of the museum. nstallation at The University Museum at Texas Southern University, Houston. Photo courtesy of the museum. nstallation at The University Museum at Texas Southern University, Houston. Photo courtesy of the museum.

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