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dance_Harlem_300DETROIT, Michigan (Jan. 2013)… The Detroit Opera House’s 17th season of dance continues with the return of Dance Theatre of Harlem with three performances from Feb. 1-3. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and the late Karel Shook in the basement of a church in 1969, the company began as a way to bring discipline and focus to a challenged community. DTH’s unprecedented success as a racially diverse company, school and source of arts education was built on creating innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression. After experiencing a major rebirth, the company returns to Detroit after last appearing at the Opera House in 2004.

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 where he was born — the opportunity to learn about dance. Now in its fourth decade, the company has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence. DTH has performed for audiences in New York City, across the country and around the world.

The company’s Detroit repertory will include works choreographed by Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine and Robert Garland, to music from Tchaikovsky, Aretha Franklin and James Brown, among others. Complete repertory information can be found at www.MichiganOpera.org.

The DTH performances are part of the Detroit Opera House’s 2012-13 season of Dance in the D, made possible by Marlene Boll, Joanne Danto and Nora Moroun.

Access. Dance tickets for students and young professionals, ages 18-40, are available on Friday, Feb. 1, at a reduced price, with a reception following the performance. Visit www.MichiganOpera.org/Access

A free conversation with the artists begins one hour prior to each performance.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $80. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.MichiganOpera.org, by calling 313-237-SING, or in person at the Detroit Opera House ticket office (1526 Broadway). Tickets may also be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Dance Theatre of Harlem at the magnificent Detroit Opera House

Friday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 3 at 2:30 p.m.

Michigan Opera Theatre, a non-profit organization, is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and provides programs and services without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, or handicap. Michigan Opera Theatre is supported by private donations, foundation and corporate grants, the State of Michigan through the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal Agency.

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