Arthur Mitchell, the Jackie Robinson of the ballet world, is angry. Dance Theatre of Harlem, the predominantly African American neoclassical ballet company he founded in 1969, recently announced a deficit of $2.3 million, laid off its dancers, and canceled performances for the 20042005 season. Following the recent gutting of the company's staff and the resignation of all but three board members, the bad news fit all too neatly into a pattern of financial and administrative instability stretching back to a similar hiatus in 1990 and including a chronic inability to hold on to an... More >>>
By photo: Martha Swope
Mitchell rehearses Balanchine's Agon with Diana Adams at New York City Ballet in 1957. DTH performed Agon last month.