On Pointe and On Tour Again
A lackluster economy may have sidetracked The Dance Theatre of Harlem, putting them off the road for 8 years. But they always knew it was possible to get back on pointe. And with all that’s happening with the arts, what better place to start than Louisville’s version of Carnegie Hall, the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts? You bet your tutu: the legendary group picked Possibility City for opening night of their tour, Saturday, Oct. 20.
Harnessing the Power of Art
Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1969, following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Inspired by “the power of art to transform,” their goal was to start a school to teach children, especially those in Harlem, about dance and the arts. The company was initially comprised of African American dancers who, because of their skin color, had been barred from other troupes.
Louisville has long recognized the possibilities and power that art can create in communities. Witness the Louisville Ballet, the Louisville Orchestra, the Kentucky Opera, and Actors Theatre of Louisville, to name just a few. The Dance Theatre of Harlem, an American treasure, clearly chose the right city for its next act. In continuing its commitment to communities, DTH will invite local children to join them onstage during the program, set to feature several world premieres.
“Free” Style Dancing
New York City may have the Dance Theatre of Harlem, but Possibility City’s own Louisville Ballet has been around longer. Be the first to tell us what year it was founded, and we’ll hook you up with some free tickets to the historic DTH performance in October.