Dance Theatre of Harlem Returns to the NYC Stage After Nine-Year Hiatus Thanks to Ford Foundation

Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) will make its highly anticipated return to the New York stage at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center, New York City on Wednesday, April 10, for six performances through April 14.  The repertoire will include Gloria, the New York City premiere with music by Francis Poulenc choreographed by Robert Garland; the new narrative work with live actors and musicians, Far But Close, with choreography by John Alleyne, text by Daniel Beaty and music by Daniel Bernard Roumain; DTH favorites such as Garland’s Return and Donald Byrd’s Contested Space; Alvin Ailey’s The Lark Ascending and Agon and Glinka Pas de Trois by George Balanchine.

Gloria #1, Photo by Matthew Murphy
Photo by Matthew Murphy

Darren Walker, vice president for Education, Creativity and Free Expression at the Ford Foundation. “Its return is a reason for celebration and joy, and we are proud to once again support the Company and these fabulous performances.”

Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem adds, “It has been a long time coming, but the return of the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company is finally here. I can’t wait for New York to see the artistry and power these new dancers bring to the stage. We are immensely grateful to the Ford Foundation for their major support.”

Tickets are available at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, Broadway at 60th Street, Ground Floor, Monday – Saturday 10AM-6PM, Sunday 12PM-6PM OR CenterCharge (212) 721-6500 OR OR

Laveen Naidu, Executive Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem, notes that the leadership gift from the Ford Foundation, the Vision Gala and NY Season are conduits for the ballet institution to transform lives. “The financial support we receive and programs we deliver create opportunities for New Yorkers and especially our children to experience the power of the arts.  DTH was the first ballet institution to prioritize black dancers and although that role is still vital, its performances provide a way for all of us to see ourselves in ways we might not have imagined.”

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Black Swan #1 Michaela DePrince and Sam Wilson, Photo by Matthew Murphy
Black Swan #1 Michaela DePrince and Sam Wilson, Photo by Matthew Murphy


Jenelle Figgins in Gloria, Photo by Matthew Murphy
Jenelle Figgins in Gloria, Photo by Matthew Murphy


Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.
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