"Agon", "Coming Together", "In the Mirror of Her Mind", "Return"
Dance Theatre of Harlem
New York, NY
April 10, 2015
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2015 by Mary Cargill
The Dance Theatre of Harlem returned to City Center with a smaller company (18 dancers) than the one led by Arthur Mitchell (who, of course, graced the City Center stage with New York City Ballet for years). The new company, rapturously received by the audience, looked strong, happy and stylish, adjectives which unfortunately could not be applied to all the ballets, despite the applause they received. Balanchine's "Agon" (set by Richard Tanner), is certainly strong and stylish and DTH gave it a casual elegance and electric energy. There was no "I am dancing a masterpiece and mustn't make a mistake" hesitation in any of the dancers, who all approached it with a fearless joy.
Anthony Savoy, Jr. and Francis Lawrence in "Agon". Photo © Christopher Duggan.