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Discover artists from past seasons, explore their online digital content, and dig deeper with our DMPA study guides.

CURRENT FEATURED ARTIST

DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM

Now a singular presence in the ballet world, the DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM Company tours nationally and internationally, presenting a powerful vision for ballet in the 21st century. The 18-member, multi-ethnic company performs a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics, neoclassical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, as well as innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture. Through performances, community engagement and arts education, the Company carries forward DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM'S message of empowerment through the arts for all.

DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM has created a digital platform to help bring our artistry directly into the homes of our beloved audiences. Their engaging digital experience, DTH On Demand, includes several weeks of full length archival performances, conversations with artists, instructional videos for children and adults, and online classes for all levels taught by DTH alumni, faculty and company members!

EXPLORE DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM

DTH On Demand

DTH On Demand - Virtual Ballet Series

Des Moine Performing Arts' Resources and Activities

Dance Series 2019-19

ARCHIVE OF FEATURED ARTISTS

BLACK VIOLIN

BLACK VIOLIN is an American hip hop duo from Florida comprising of Wil B and Kev Marcus. For over a decade, the classical-meets-hip-hop duo has steadily built a devoted following and a diverse touring base— culminating in such triumphs as two sold-out shows at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death—while occupying a musical lane that’s entirely its own.

During the spring of 2020, BLACK VIOLIN is streaming a MasterClass Series via YouTube. The BLACK VIOLIN MasterClass (BVMC) Series is an outside the box, live stream interactive workshop that allows students to look at their instruments from a different perspective. Each Tuesday through May 12, catch a new class lead by this dynamic duo.

DMPA Presented Artist 2018-19

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Black Violin on Spotify

BLACK VIOLIN YouTube Channel

Dig deeper into BLACK VIOLIN with DMPA Resources and Activities

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BLACK VIOLIN MasterClass Series

COME FROM AWAY - I AM AN ISLANDER PROJECT

During this unprecedented time in our world’s history, everyone is grappling with the same issue - restructuring our lives in the face of a global pandemic. As we’re forced to physically move inward, how do we continue to share community with our families, classmates, friends and loved ones?

An at-home version of the I Am An Islander Project gives students the opportunity to process the global pandemic on the level of their home and local community, capturing these narratives in a unique creative project they can then share with the wider world through the COME FROM AWAY channels.

Share your project on social with #IAmAnIslanderProject and #ProjectJoy!

Explore the I Am An Islander Project

Listen to Come From Away Original Cast Recording on Spotify

Willis Broadway Series 2019-20

DIAVOLO|Architecture in Motion

DIAVOLO|Architecture in Motion

DIAVOLO|Architecture in Motion, the renowned Los Angeles-based dance company, was founded in 1992 by Artistic Director Jacques Heim, an inquisitive guy who combined his academic background in theater, film, and dance with a passion for architecture.  Thanks to Heim and his talented crew of dancers, designers and engineers, the Company, for more than 25 years, has been applauded internationally for its ability to display surprising movement against a backdrop of elaborately designed space, all while entertaining audiences with what is, in fact, a new art form.

In 2017, DIAVOLO enjoyed an especially extraordinary season, highlighted by Heim’s creation of five new pieces for Season 12 of NBC’s hit series “America’s Got Talent.”  One of the Top 10 contestants to reach the show’s finale at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater, the Company was seen by over 90 million television viewers.

Dance Series 2014-15

DORRANCE DANCE

DORRANCE DANCE is an award-winning tap dance company based out of New York City. The company’s work aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context; not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it – rhythmically, technically, and conceptually. 

EXPLORE DORRANCE DANCE

Des Moines Performing Arts Inquiry Guide

WATCH DORRANCE DANCE

Dorrance Dance Website

The Blues Project excerpt

Jungle Blues excerpt

Three to One excerpt

FEATHERS OF FIRE

Full Length Performance Available Online

Imagine Romeo and Juliet, Rapunzel, and the Jungle Book all in one story, told over 1000 years ago!

The UNIMA award winning Feathers of Fire is a cinematic shadow play for all ages. It tells the action-packed tale of Zaul and Rudabeh, two star-crossed lovers of old Persia. Told through shadow puppetry, This breathtaking live theater production had its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2016 and went on to tour around the world in 23 US cities and 6 countries to an audience of over one hundred thousand, including DMPA!

Right now a filmed version of the show is available for a $4.95 rental online, with proceeds supporting the creators developing of their next shadow theater project. See links below for details and resources!

Feathers of Fire full length performance for rent

Feathers of Fire DMPA Resources and Activities

Create your own shadow puppet

Create your own mask

Wellmark Family Series 2017-18

THE REMINDERS

THE REMINDERS are a rare and remarkable musical duo seamlessly blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. The group consists of Brussels-born emcee Big Samir and Queens-born emcee/vocalist Aja Black, a collective creative force that’s hard to beat. 

EXPLORE THE REMINDERS

Des Moines Performing Arts Inquiry Guide

LISTEN TO THE REMINDERS

The Reminders YouTube Channel

The Reminders Spotify Artist Link

YAMATO - THE DRUMMERS OF JAPAN

YAMATO was founded by in 1993 in Nara, ‘the land of Yamato” which is said to be the birthplace of Japanese culture. YAMATO travels all over the word with Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums, putting its very souls into the unusual instruments, whose sound stirs the hearts of people everywhere.

Wellmark Family Series 2019-2020

EXPLORE YAMATO

Des Moines Performing Arts Inquiry Guide

WATCH YAMATO

Full length performance

Yamato YouTube Channel

OTHER ONLINE ARTS CONNECTIONS FOR GENERAL AUDIENCES

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