Dance Theatre of Harlem to Perform at Kingsbury Hall, 3/6

Kingsbury Hall Presents Dance Theatre of Harlem, founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell, the first African American to become a principal dancer for New York City Ballet. Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform at Kingsbury Hall on the U of U campus on Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29, $39, $49 and $59, with a $5 ticket available for U of U students, and are available at the Kingsbury Hall box office, by phone at 801-581-7100 or online at

Shortly after the assassination of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Arthur Mitchell was inspired to start a school that would offer children - especially those in Harlem, the community in which he was born - the opportunity to learn about dance and the allied arts. Now in its fourth decade, Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence. Dance Theatre of Harlem has achieved unprecedented success, bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences in New York City, across the country and around the world.

The performance at Kingsbury Hall will include: Agon, a ground-breaking work from 1957 with choreography by George Balanchine and music by Igor Stravinsky; When Love, choreographed by Helen Pickett with music by Phillip Glass; Far But Close, a work that combines music and spoken word to tell an urban love story about love's power to heal, choreographed by John Alleyne with music by Daniel Beaty; and Return, created for Dance Theatre of Harlem's 30th anniversary with music by James Brown and Aretha Franklin, which choreographer Robert Garland called "post-modern urban neoclassicism - an attempt to fuse an urban physical sensibility and a neoclassical one."

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