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Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts
February 4 - July 4, 2010

Dance Theatre of Harlem has made history in the 40 years since it was founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and the late Karel Shook. This multi-media exhibit captures the majesty of the choreography, the beauty of the costuming, the dancers who defied gravity and stereotyping, plus Mitchell’s wide ranging accomplishments. Focusing on the discipline of dance, he brought ballet to Harlem and DTH evolved from a school into a world class company as its artists became powerful ambassadors for all of America. In 2009, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and DTH exhibited the company’s rare costumes, photos and other memorabilia.  CAAM has supplemented the exhibit with the staging of costumes and video from four iconic ballets, added life-sized banners and other imagery to illuminate the forty years of history during which Dance Theatre of Harlem and Arthur Mitchell have received over 300 official citations for excellence. Plans include a national tour after its closing at CAAM.

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