Category: arthur mitchell

Do you know what it took for Balanchine to put…

Do you know what it took for Balanchine to put me, a black man, on stage with a white woman?  This was 1957, before civil rights.  He showed me how to take her [holding her delicately by the wrist].  He said, ‘put your hand on top’.  The skin colours were part of the choreography.  He saw what was going to happen in the world and put it on stage.

Arthur Mitchell and Suzanne Farrell in Agon (N…

Arthur Mitchell and Suzanne Farrell in Agon (NYCB, 1963)

Arthur Mitchell performing Arabian Dance in Th…

Arthur Mitchell performing Arabian Dance in The Nutcracker (NYCB, 1959)

randombeautysls:

randombeautysls:

arthur mitchell teaching at the newly founded Dance Theater of Harlem.

Allegra Kent and Roy Tobias in The Nutcracker …

Allegra Kent and Roy Tobias in The Nutcracker (NYCB, 1957)

Arthur Mitchell, Candy Culkin, Bonnie Culkin, …

Arthur Mitchell, Candy Culkin, Bonnie Culkin, Delia Peters and Marina Eglevsky performing Arabian Dance in The Nutcracker (SAB/NYCB, 1957)

Arthur Mitchell and Diana Adams in Agon (NYCB,…

Arthur Mitchell and Diana Adams in Agon (NYCB, 1957)

Eddie Shellman and Virginia Johnson in Arthur Mitchell’s…

Eddie Shellman and Virginia Johnson in Arthur Mitchell’s Creole Giselle (Dance Theatre of Harlem)