Watch the online premiere of Dance Theatre of Harlem's full length ballet 'Dougla,' originally choreographed by the late Goeffrey Holder, who also designed the costumes for the piece. "Dougla" is the term in Trinidad, Holder's birthplace, for people of mixed South Asian and African descent. The work is a kaleidoscope of costume, color and choreography that depicts the wedding ritual of a Dougla couple in which one partner is of African and the other is of Indian descent.
The piece was originally choreographed in 1974 and was revived in 2016 by Holder's widow and legendary dancer, Carmen de Lavallade, and their son, Leo Holder, with a shimmering, percussive score by Tania León. The performance will be streamed on DTH's YouTube channel and will be available to view until 11:59pm ET on the Sunday of the following week:
Before the show, head over to DTH's Instagram Live for "What's the Step?" on Friday, July 24th at 3 pm ET. Learn a section of 'Dougla' from a DTH company member and get an inside look at some of the piece's movement motifs.
July 25, 2020
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