BWW Review: NYC Season Ends with a Bang with Dance Theatre of Harlem
The legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) returned to their "stage home" for their annual NYC season at the New York City Center, April 19-22, 2017. Some highlights of the season included a special performance by Grammy-Winning Recording Artist India.Arie, NY and DTH premieres by Robert Garland, Francesca Harper, and José Limón, and the return of other favorites by Dianne McIntyre and Darrell Grand Moultrie.
On the evening of April 22nd, the program opened with Vessels by Darrell Grand Moultrie, a former member of DTH. The piece is divided into four sections- Light, Belief, Love, and Abundance. It is based on the idea that a journey is cyclic and that we should all be infused with something beautiful that can be transferred to others. It was just delightful. The dancers were flawless as they moved with such grace across the stage. The duets and partner work throughout the piece were amazing. Excellent piece.
The program continued with a special tribute to the beloved Glen Tetley. Mr. Tetley is one of the most renowned choreographers of the 20th century. He has created over 50 ballets for a number of major ballet companies such as DTH, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, the Royal Ballet, the Netherlands Dance Theatre, among others. Artistic Director Virginia Johnson, former DTH Dancer Charmaine Hunter, and dance icon Carmen de Lavallade, all spoke about their experience working with the late Mr. Tetley. It was an honor and privilege to hear them all speak on the same stage on the same evening! As part of the tribute, they showcased small excerpts from his piece Voluntaries, performed by special guests Allisyn Hsieh Caro and Carl Coomer of the Texas Ballet Theatre, and Greening, performed by special guest and former DTH dancer Caroline Rocher, in addition to a new production of Mr. Tetley's Dialogues. He brings a certain kind of fire into his choreography that I have never seen before. It was just fabulous. I didn't take my eyes off the stage because I didn't want to miss a single second!