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Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Caroline Rocher and Donald Williams in <i>St. Louis Woman</i> (Joseph Rodman)

Dance Theatre of Harlem

A Kennedy Center favorite known for striking stagings and multicultural works returns for its twenty-third annual visit.

  • Jun. 8 - 13, 2004
  • Opera House
  • Approx 2 hours
  • $27.00 - $82.00
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About

Maybe it's the dancers' graceful beauty and delicate steps. Perhaps it’s their athletic leaps and energetic abandon. Whatever the dance, you can be assured that Dance Theatre of Harlem honors the vision of its founder and artistic director, Kennedy Center Honoree Arthur Mitchell. With their spirit, their rigorous training, and their sheer talent, this company has joined the ranks of the elite.

For its 23rd annual Kennedy Center engagement, the world-renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem presents the Washington premiere of Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's St. Louis Woman: A Blues Ballet. Set in 1946 St. Louis, the production recreates the high-flying heyday of horseracing with a tale of gamblers, jockeys, ne'er-do-wells, and their beautiful women. Choreographed by Michael Smuin, this lively dance interpretation combines glitzy Broadway sets and costumes with spectacular songs such as "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "A Woman’s Prerogative."

The company’s engagement also features four famous works by legendary choreographer George Balanchine: The Four Temperaments, widely regarded as one of Balanchine’s greatest translations of music into pure dance; the serenely beautiful Apollo; the powerful The Prodigal Son, based on the parable of sin and redemption; and Agon, featuring a groundbreaking pas de deux.

Program:
Tuesday, June 8 - Thursday, June 10
Apollo, The Prodigal Son, Agon

Friday, June 11 - Sunday, June 13
The Four Temperaments, Dance Theatre of Harlem presents Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's St. Louis Woman: A Blues Ballet

Program is subject to change. Performances will be with live orchestra.

Standing Room tickets for presentations in the Opera House, Eisenhower Theater and Terrace Theater will be sold at the Kennedy Center Box Office and by phone (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324 when a performance sells out, but only if it is sold out. There is a limit of two tickets per order.

Watch and Listen

Artistic Director Arthur Mitchell on the effect an artist can have

Artistic Director Arthur Mitchell recalls the founding of Dance Theater of Harlem

All events and artists subject to change without prior notice.

Group of 20 or more? Group Sales offers special terms and discounts for most performances.

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