There are angels on earth, and they are the dancers, choreographers, composers and artistic directors who help collectively elevate the hearts and minds of concert-going mortals-if only for a brief respite—especially in these very troubled times. To be more specific: Dance Theatre of Harlem, under the assured and loving hands of Virginia Johnson, made a triumphant debut at the Broad Stage in a program of three disparate—and emotionally charged—works.
Dance Theatre of Harlem in Ulysses Dove's “Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven.” Photograph by Ben Gibbs
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading