Arthur Mitchell and Dance Theatre of Harlem


Staff Report

MIAMI – Arthur Mitchell’s famed Dance Theater of Harlem will return to South Florida after a near 20-year absence.

The black, classical ballet company, the first of its kind in the United States, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in “Return of the Black Ballerina” at South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay.

The 16-member, multi-ethnic company will perform four ballets – “Brahms,” “This Bitter Earth,” “Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven,” and “Harlem on My Mind.”

“This Bitter Earth” is performed to the music of Dinah Washington and Max Richter and is choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.

The Dance Theater of Harlem was founded by Mitchell and Karel Shook in Harlem, N.Y., in 1969, shortly after the death of Martin Luther King Jr., as a tool to engage youth is Harlem and expose them to dance. Today it is a world-renowned company with a vast repertoire that performs around the world to much acclaim.

For tickets or more information, contact the Cultural Arts Center at 786-573-5316.