Charleston Gaillard Center and International African American Museum Present

Dance Theatre of Harlem
with Charleston Symphony Chamber Orchestra

Oct 20, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Oct 21, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Tickets start at $24 (plus fees)

Featuring a New Commission / Southern Premiere

NOTE: Please make sure to select Student/Teacher when purchasing tickets to receive your discount.

Don’t miss the Southeast premiere of Dance Theatre of Harlem’s newest ballet, co-commissioned by Charleston Gaillard Center and the International African American Museum!  Punctuated by Dance Theatre of Harlem’s signature style fusing a modern interpretation of the classical art form, the two evening performances will feature live orchestral accompaniment as well as original and reimagined music inspired by the life and times of jazz luminary Hazel Scott.

Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim, encompassing a professional touring company, a leading studio school, and a national and international education and community outreach program. Each component of Dance Theatre of Harlem carries a solid commitment towards enriching the lives of young people and adults around the world through the arts. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, Dance Theatre of Harlem is considered “one of ballet’s most exciting undertakings” (The New York Times). Shortly after the assassination of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mitchell was inspired to start a school that would offer children — especially those in Harlem, the community in which he was born — the opportunity to learn about dance and the allied arts. Now in its sixth decade, Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence that continues to set standards in the performing arts. Dance Theatre of Harlem has achieved unprecedented success, bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences in New York City, across the country and around the world. 

A night at the ballet can turn into lifelong inspiration when Dance Theatre of Harlem comes to town. The excitement the company generates onstage has a way of radiating into every corner of the dance community…

The Miami Herald

About the Company 
Now a singular presence in the ballet world, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company tours nationally and internationally, presenting a powerful vision for ballet in the 21st century. The 18-member, multi-ethnic company performs a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics, neoclassical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, as well as innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate Arthur Mitchell’s belief that belongs to everyone. Through performances, community engagement and arts education, the Company carries forward Dance Theatre of Harlem’s message of empowerment through the arts for all. 

Support for this program is made possible by generous donors who have committed time and resources to the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Dance Initiative.

Program* Below:

Act I:

BALAMOUK (21 Minutes) 
Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music: Les Yeux Noirs

Intermission 15 Minutes

Act II:

PASSAGE (20 Minutes)
Choreography by Claudia Schreier
Original Score by Jessie Montgomery
Featuring live music performed by Charleston Symphony Chamber Orchestra

Intermission 15 Minutes

Act III:

SOUNDS OF HAZEL  (25 Minutes)
Choreography by Tiffany Rea-Fisher
Original Compositions and Music Arrangement by Erica Blunt

*Subject to change.

Sounds of Hazel
Choreography by Tiffany Rea-Fisher
Original Composition and Music Arrangement by Erica Blunt

New Commission / Premiere Performance

Marking the centennial of her birth, this new ballet for Dance Theatre of Harlem celebrates the life of jazz pianist and popular entertainer Hazel Scott.  Despite her rise to international prominence as a top recording artist, star of stage and screen, and civil rights activist, Scott lacks the name recognition of other iconic performers of her era.  This new commission serves to shine a spotlight on this important African-American figure and her trailblazing journey.  Visit the Library of Congress’ digital archives to learn more about Ms. Scott and her contributions to American culture and the fight for social justice.

Learn more about Tiffany Rea-Fisher (Choreographer).

Learn more about Erica Blunt (Composer).

Sounds of Hazel: The Hazel Scott Ballet is co-commissioned by Charleston Gaillard Center and the International African American Museum, Music Worcester, Seattle Theatre Group, and Washington Performing Arts, with residency support from Chautauqua Institution, and the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College. 

This work is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

About Balamouk

Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music: Les Yeux Noirs

Balamouk, by celebrated choreographer, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

Commissioned by New York City Center for the 2018 Fall For Dance festival, Balamouk, set to the intoxicating sounds and rhythms of klezmer music, tells the story of a group of colorful individuals on a journey of hope. Fueled by a mesmerizing range of vibrant movement, Balamouk transports audiences to a realm of magical realism.

About Passage

Choreography by Claudia Schreier
Original Score by Jessie Montgomery
Featuring live music performed by Charleston Symphony Chamber Orchestra

Passage offers a moving reflection on the fortitude of the human spirit, created in recognition of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to Virginia in 1619.

Learn more about Claudia Schreier (Choreographer).

Learn more about Jessie Montgomery (Composer).

Hazel Scott Ballet and Passage are projects of Women Who Move Us, an initiative conceived by DTH Artistic Director Virginia Johnson and launched by Dance Theatre of Harlem in 2015.  WWMU provides a platform for developing and advancing classical dance by female choreographers, particularly women of color.

DTH Company in Balamouk. Photo by Christopher Duggan. Courtesy of Jacobs Pillow.
DTH Company Artists Kouadio Davis and Alexandra Hutchinson in Higher Ground. Photo by Theik Smith.
DTH Company in Passage. Photo by Theik Smith.
Student & Teacher Tickets

The Charleston Gaillard Center’s Education & Community Program is pleased to announce student and teacher tickets are available for this performance. Limited availability. Limited to two tickets per person with valid student/teacher ID.

Tickets available in advance: Tickets are $20 (plus applicable fees) for green seats on seatmap. Ticket purchasers must pick up their tickets at Will Call the night of the performance.

Day of Rush: Tickets are $25 (plus applicable fees). Available two hours prior to show time, best available.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem Intermediate & Advanced Master Class

October 19, 2022 | 5pm – 6:30pm

$35 Participation Fee, Limited Availability.

Intermediate & Advanced (For those 12 years of age or older). This event will be held at the Dance Conservatory of Charleston on Ashley Hall Road.

Register here.


Dance Theatre of Harlem Teacher Professional Development Master Class

October 21, 2022 | 10am – 12pm
Gaillard Center Grand Ballroom

Free to Attend. RSVP Required. (Limited Availability.)

Please join the Charleston Gaillard Center Education & Community Program in welcoming three Dance Theatre of Harlem instructors for a two-hour master class cultivated especially for dance educators. Three hours of recertification credit are approved for Charleston and Dorchester County teachers.

RSVP Here.