Weekend Preview: Dance Theatre of Harlem

Weekend Preview: Dance Theatre of Harlem
Ashley Murphy in Dance Theatre of Harlem's “Gloria” by Robert Garland; Photo by Matthew Murphy

After a 16-year hiatus from Chicago, the Dance Theatre of Harlem will return to the Auditorium Theatre this weekend, adding to an already stellar 125th anniversary season for the venue.

Dance Theatre of Harlem shut down its touring company in 2004 due to financial troubles, but bounced back and reintroduced the touring company in 2013. The country's first African-American ballet company was established in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook - Mitchell being the first black male principal ballet dancer. Mitchell felt the need to bring discipline and focus to the Harlem community, where he grew up. Now in its 45th year, the Dance Theatre of Harlem is still a critically acclaimed group.

The weekend performances run from Friday-Sunday, and feature Robert Garland's "Return," set to Aretha Franklin and James Brown tunes, as well as Garland's "Gloria" and Ulysses Dove's "Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven."

For tickets and information, visit AuditoriumTheatre.org.

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