A singular presence in the ballet world, Dance Theatre of Harlem presents a powerful vision for ballet in the 21st century. This multiethnic company performs a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics, neoclassical works by George Balanchine and artistic director Robert Garland, as well as innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate founder Arthur Mitchell’s belief that ballet belongs to everyone. The mixed program at Northrop includes renowned choreographer William Forsythe’s Blake Works IV (The Barre Project), created specifically for Dance Theatre of Harlem and set to the electro-soul music of British composer James Blake.

Relaxed Matinee: Sat, Sep 28, 2:00 pmDuring a Relaxed Matinee, house lights will remain at a glow, sound levels will be lowered, and the audience will be warned of any surprises. Attendees can come and go as needed, assisted by ushers trained to accommodate movement and sound.

Pre-show Fun on Saturday:
Starting at 1:00 pm, join us for a multigenerational celebration of all things ballet! Learn about local ballet classes, check out our kid-friendly coloring corner, and enjoy a Tutu Touching Exhibit (that’s right, you’ll get to touch all kinds of fun ballet costumes!). 

You might enjoy this performance if you loved: 

Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispánico, BalletMet, 10,000 Dreams: A Celebration of Asian Choreography

This will be Dance Theatre of Harlem’s 8th performance at Northrop—the last was in Jan 2022, when they performed Higher Ground, a Northrop Centennial Commission.

Explore Discounts Galore

  • First Year/Free Ticket for new UMN students and staff/faculty
  • $5 off for students and many others
  • Children 17 and under: 50% off base price, always
  • $30 under 30: 2 tickets per valid ID + one free beverage per ticket
  • Pay What You Wish for the Dance Theatre of Harlem Relaxed Matinee
  • 20% off tickets for groups of 10 or more


Performance Program

Watch this space. The program will be shared closer to the event date.

Quotes / Reviews

“A premier ballet company and global ambassador for excellence and diversity.”—The Washington Post

“DTH is poised to continue to redefine classical ballet as a vital, relevant artform for the next 50 years and beyond.”—Playbill.com

“A night at the ballet can turn into lifelong inspiration when Dance Theatre of Harlem comes to town. The excitement the company generates onstage has a way of radiating into every corner of the dance community...”—The Miami Herald

“Take any chance you can get to see this gem of a company perform!”—Broadwayworld.com

“Dance Theatre of Harlem’s latest commissions offer a different future, one where ballet is more daring and more perceptive than ever before.”—Broadwayworld.com

“It’s rare to encounter a dance company that achieves such a perfect balance between pushing the limits of the art form and grabbing the audience. In staying true to its course, Dance Theatre of Harlem arrives at brilliance.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“One constant has been the excellence of resident choreographer Robert Garland...Garland never seems derivative...”—Financial Times

“...this beloved company has found its footing.”—The New York Times

“To this day, DTH remains an oasis of diversity, fully committed to its original mission of showcasing black excellence.”—Dance Magazine

"Dance Theater of Harlem Is in New (and Capable) Hands"—The New York Times

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