BDBB: The Black Dance and Broadway Blog

Covering black professionals and professional productions in the dance and theater worlds, plus general arts news

Dance: Virginia Johnson Discusses DTH Past, Present, Future

© Rachel Neville

 

 

 

 

Dance Tabs has posted a remarkably extensive Q&A feature with Virginia Johnson, the former prima ballerina of Dance Theatre of Harlem who is now that company’s artistic director.

DTH is embarking on its second season since it returned from its extended hiatus following financial difficulties that forced the main company to shut down, though the school continued to operate.

The feature covers a lot of ground that, to this writer’s knowledge, has not been covered before, especially about what it was like to work with Arthur Mitchell and being part of Dance Theatre of Harlem as it grew from the beginning. Johnson also talks about her own personal challenges as an artist, her foray into journalism as the editor of Pointe magazine, and discusses her plans and philosophy for DTH now that she’s at the helm.

There are dozens of noteworthy quotes but we’ll highlight this one:

“MH: Do you think teachers give up on black dancers?

VJ: No, I think they don’t even notice them. They’re not the material.

MH: It’s as if they had bad turnout.

VJ: Yes, it’s as if they had bad turnout. Or maybe their turnout needs working on and if they worked on it they would get it, but if it’s not already there and little Susy J has it all, they think, “I’m going to work with little Susy J.” “

For the complete Virginia Johnson interview click on this link:  http://dancetabs.com/2013/09/virginia-johnson-artistic-director-dance-theatre-of-harlem/

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on September 18, 2013 by in Black Dance and tagged , , , , , , , , .
The Boyd Journalism Diversity Summer Workshop

A Rutgers University Program for NJ High School Students

Arts Air

rarefied news and views on the arts

Broadway Black

When The Theatre Goes Dark

AAPEX

Covering black professionals and professional productions in the dance and theater worlds, plus general arts news

Links

Covering black professionals and professional productions in the dance and theater worlds, plus general arts news

Marcia's Black Theater Blog

Covering black professionals and professional productions in the dance and theater worlds, plus general arts news

Black Dance

Covering black professionals and professional productions in the dance and theater worlds, plus general arts news

InfiniteBody

Covering black professionals and professional productions in the dance and theater worlds, plus general arts news

%d bloggers like this: