The 50th anniversary season of the beloved Dance Theatre of Harlem will honor its legendary Founding Artistic Director Arthur Mitchell, who passed away on September 19, 2018, with a memorial service on December 3, 2018.
The memorial marks the official start of Dance Theatre’s 50th anniversary season overseen by Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director and Anna Glass, Executive Director. A keystone in the year is the annual New York City Center engagement from April 10-13, 2019.
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 Mitchell’s 1971 ballet, Tones, which he began setting on the current company, renaming it Tones II, right before his sudden death.
ed. note: 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.