Aching loss of Arthur Mitchell assuaged by Memorial, DTH season


The 50th Anniversary season of New York City’s beloved Dance Theatre of Harlem (Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director; Anna Glass, Executive Director) will honor its legendary Founding Artistic Director Arthur Mitchell, who passed away on September 19, 2018, with a memorial service on December 3, 2018

Free and open to all members of the Dance Theatre of Harlem community and friends, the memorial will include performances by the company, alumni, students from the School and special guests.

The memorial marks the official start of Dance Theatre’s 50th Anniversary season which includes its annual New York City Center engagement from April 10-13.

So emotional to have lost Arthur Mitchell at this juncture!

Dedicated to his life and legacy, the City Center program will include a reimagined version of his 1971 ballet, Tones, which he began setting on the current company, renaming it Tones II, right before his sudden death.

I would like to take this occasion to respectfully share my writing about Dance Theater of Harlem and my soon-following interview with Arthur Mitchell for the Los Angeles Times dating from 2010. It was an honor to interview him, and I love the company.

Arthur Mitchell memorial | Riverside Church, New York City | Dec 3, 3 pm
Dance Theater of Harlem | 50th Anniversary Season | City Center | April 10-13

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Rudik’s ‘Swine Lake’ tunic for partnering ‘Piggy’ awaits your bid

Dance · Fashion

For your bidding: An embellished custom-made golden bodice with gold lamé embroidery worn by Rudolf Nureyev during his performance as the handsome prince while dancing with a giant ballerina pig in “Swine Lake” on season two of The Muppet Show. The bodice is generously embellished with silver and gold lamé trim, applique, simulated pearls, chunky rhinestones, velvet ribbons, gold-tone beads, and scattered iridescent glass.

According to the Nureyev Foundation, an invitation was extended to Nureyev in October 1977, and the episode (#213 of Season 2) was broadcast shortly after the release of Valentino.

We’d like to see David Hallberg, Marcelo Gomes, Sergei Polunin, or  Roberto Bolle bid on that lovely thing — and wear it! 

Rudolf Nureyev costume | Julien’s Auctions | Nov 16

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Dance · Reviews
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