Looking Ahead: Dance Theatre of Harlem and more!
It seems appropriate this week that we welcome Dance Theatre of Harlem to Charlotte, a group whose formation was inspired by the message and unfinished work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to create a better, more just and more inclusive world. The highly-acclaimed company performs Jan. 22-24 at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts. A limited number of tickets remain and can be purchased at 704-372-1000 or at BlumenthalArts.org.
This week’s performances are part of a larger and unprecedented collaboration between Blumenthal, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture and Wells Fargo that includes performances, workshops and community events. A five-month long exhibition on the history of Dance Theatre of Harlem, featuring costumes, photos, videos, show posters and other memorabilia also opens to the public at the Gantt Center on Friday, Jan. 22.
On Wednesday, Jan. 20, Blumenthal’s Education
Department hosts a free lunchtime event, “Get to Know the Show,” with Ballet Master Keith Saunders and two distinguished
dancers from Dance Theatre of Harlem, discussing the legacy of this groundbreaking company. This event is open to the public. Click here for details and to find out how to RSVP.
In other news … it’s another busy week for theater fans as two intriguing productions come to the Queen City this weekend: Potted Sherlock at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square hilariously recounts 60 different Sherlock Holmes tales in 80 family-friendly minutes; and Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center plays host to PostSecret: The Show, a theatrical production drawn from the half-million anonymous secrets shared via postcard in a fascinating community art project. Meanwhile, Wicked continues to thrill audiences at Ovens Auditorium.
Don’t miss these great events!