Dance Theatre of Harlem Returns After 8-year Hiatus

Dance Theater of Harlem

It took nearly a decade of re-organization and increased fundraising efforts but the legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem Company is back after an eight-year hiatus.

The revamped company recently made a triumphant preview performance in Manhattan at El Museo del Barrio.

Artistic director Virginia Johnson, who was also a founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, introduced the crop of 18 new dancers who will soon embark on a multi-city tour starting in October 2012.

The preview show began with the soulful “Gloria In Exclsis Deo” and ended with the joyously fun “Return (Mother Popcorn).”

The standout piece however was “In the Mirror of Her Mind,” a passionate, powerful and haunting number. It’s an incredible demonstration of the human body’s seemingly boundless supply of grace and strength. To see it is to love it. And to see it, you should check out the tour schedule. [BE]