Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts (Pt. 2)

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Blumenthal Performing Arts and the Harvey B Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture have joined forces with Wells Fargo to bring Dance Theatre of Harlem to Charlotte’s Levine Center for the Arts. The multi-event collaboration includes a five month long exhibition on the history of the world-renowned dance company opening to the community January 23, 2016 at the Gantt Center, as well as four public performances in Knight Theatre January 22-24, 2016.

Tickets to the performances are still available and can be purchased at BlumenthalArts.org, by phone at 704.372.1000 or at the Belk Theatre Box Office. Each performance ticket includes admission to the exhibit at the Gantt Center.

Wells Fargo’s contribution is providing tickets to over 1,000 local community members who otherwise do not have the resources to attend one of the public performances. Blumenthal Performing Arts has allocated these tickets to several local dance schools and community-enriching organizations.

‘One of our Wells Fargo Foundation focus areas is to make arts, history and culture experiences accessible to those who may not have the means to participate,’ said Jay Everette, Community Affairs Manager for Wells Fargo. ‘We are excited that our financial investment in this collaboration allows us to connect live performances of the stories Dance Theatre of Harlem with students and families in our community,’

In addition to public performances by the internationally acclaimed company in Knight Theatre and the exhibition at the Harvey B Gantt Center, there will also be many education and community residency activities offered.

Blumenthal and Gantt will host ‘Art Days’ for students to include a tour of the exhibit, school performance by the company, and an additional workshop to provide a full day in uptown Charlotte for students from more than 20 local schools.

The exhibition, Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts, highlights Dance Theatre of Harlem’s 40-plus year history, complete with 22 costumes, set pieces, videos, photographs and tour posters from four stages ballets including: A Streetcar Named Desire, Creole Giselle, Dougla and Firebird. On Saturday, January 23rd at 10am the Gantt Center will hold the community opening. This event will be open to the public with an admission of $5. Programming for the day will include:

  • A community dance class exploring different genres, appropriate for all skill levels.
  • An art workshop for children. Participants will create simple tutus and body armor.
  • Guided tours of the exhibition.
  • A gallery talk highlighting the history of the dance company with Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Artistic Director, Virginia Johnson.

The Gantt Center will also offer programming throughout the run of the exhibition. The Center will partner with Charlotte Ballet teaching artists and local dance instructors to offer a monthly community dance class at the Center. Art workshops will also be offered at the Center and will include body mapping, costuming, and other activities inspired by the exhibition. Lectures will feature local dancers and national figures in the dance world. The Center is also confirmed to present a workshop at Newell Elementary School.

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