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GREAT PERFORMANCES: DANCE IN AMERICA: DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM (TV)

Summary

One in this dance series presented under the umbrella of "Great Performances." This program profiles the Dance Theatre of Harlem. It features commentary from people involved in the company, accompanied by footage of rehearsals and performances. The company's founder, Arthur Mitchell, explains his reasons for starting the Dance Theatre. "Forces of Rhythm" is performed, followed by another piece. A dance student gives a glowing description of Mitchell and his work as a teacher. A piece called "Bugako" is performed, followed by "The Beloved." Female dancers explain the consequences of being a black dancer interested in ballet, and they share their experiences. Another dance piece is performed, followed by a statement from a male dancer about his start in dancing. Two more performances are featured, the last one titled "Dougla," a word that describes a blend of Hindu and African styles.

(This program contains minor technical problems. This represents the best copy of this program currently available to the Museum.)

Details

  • NETWORK: PBS WNET New York, NY
  • DATE: 1977
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:58:55
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:04410
  • GENRE: Arts documentaries
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Dance; Dance companies
  • SERIES RUN: PBS - TV series, 1976-
  • COMMERCIALS: N/A

CREDITS

  • Jac Venza … Executive Producer
  • Emile Ardolino … Producer
  • Merrill Brockway … Producer, Director
  • Judy Kinberg … Associate Producer
  • Tobi Tobias … Writer
  • Geoffrey Holder … Music by, Choreographer
  • Rufus Thomas … Music by
  • Toshiro Mayazumi … Music by
  • Judith Hamilton … Music by
  • Edvard Grieg … Music by
  • Louis Johnson … Choreographer
  • George Balanchine … Choreographer
  • Arthur Mitchell … Choreographer
  • Lester Horton … Choreographer
  • Roman Brooks … Dancer
  • Stanley Perryman … Dancer
  • Keith Saunders … Dancer
  • Samuel Smalls … Dancer
  • Stephanie Dabney … Dancer
  • Brenda Garratt … Dancer
  • Yvonne Hall … Dancer
  • Karlya Shelton … Dancer
  • Karen Brown … Dancer
  • Denise Nix … Dancer
  • Ronda Sampson … Dancer
  • Marcia Sells … Dancer
  • Ronald Perry … Dancer
  • Allan Sampson … Dancer
  • Eddie Shellman … Dancer
  • Mel Tomlinson … Dancer
  • Gayle McKinney … Dancer
  • Homer Bryant … Dancer
  • Lydia Abarca … Dancer
  • Paul Russell … Dancer
  • Melva Murray-White … Dancer
  • Brenda Garratt … Dancer
  • Susan Lovelle … Dancer
  • Denise Nix … Dancer
  • Joyce Handy … Dancer
  • Virginia Johnson … Dancer
  • Nathaniel Orr … Dancer
  • Lowell Smith … Dancer
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