Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, Dance Theatre of Harlem was considered “one of ballet’s most exciting undertakings” (The New York Times, 1971). Shortly after the assassination of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 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 that continues to set standards in the performing arts.
AND!!! After a 30 year hiatus, they returned to Portland for a two-night show, ending last night with an overwhelming welcome back to the city. Rounds and rounds of ovations, applause and moments of quiet as we absorbed the sheer brilliance of their performance on stage. This, my friends, is what I am thankful for today – S and I had the opportunity to see this wonderful dance ensemble perform last night, at the beautiful Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – just THREE blocks from our house!
Beauty is all around us, you just have to look.