The 2018 return of Geoffrey Holder’s masterwork Dougla to the repertoire Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) was a resounding success. The work is a sensorially sumptuous movement fest; and it is no wonder Dougla has remained an audience favorite since its premiere on April 16, 1974.
In Trinidad, “Dougla” is the name given to people of African and South Asian descent. The late Geoffrey Holder – performer extraordinaire, visual artist, and choreographer – drew on his Trinidadian heritage to create his masterpiece ballet, Dougla, a marriage ceremony as pageant. A long-time company favorite, Dougla is performed with live music and all of its spectacle and glory.
DTH On Demand Presents: DOUGLA
DOUGLA (World Premiere: April 16, 1974)
Choreography and Costume Design: Geoffrey Holder
Music: Geoffrey Holder and Tania León
Assistant to Mr. Holder: Avind Harum
Music Arrangement: Tania León
Original Costume Execution: Zelda Wynn
Costume Reconstruction: Vernon Ross and Pamela Cummings
Original Lighting Design: Paul Sullivan
Revival Lighting Design: Clifton Taylor
Music Direction: Tania León and David LaMarche
Dougla Ensemble Director: Donald Eaton
Restaging: Charmaine Hunter, Kellye A. Saunders, Keith Saunders, Donald Williams
Dougla was reconstructed under the supervision of Leo Holder
Paunika Jones, Malik Berry
Collage Dance Collective
Kevin Thomas, Artistic Director
Marcellus D. Harper, Executive Director
STEPHANIE RAE WILLIAMS
Paunika Jones, Karla Espaillat*, Yinet Fernandez Kimberley Ho-Tsaï*, Alicia Mae Holloway, Daphne Lee*, Miyesha McGriff*, Crystal Serrano, Ingrid Silva, Amanda Smith, Alison Stroming
Donald Nguyen Davison, Bernard DuBois II*, Daniel Cooke*, Rickey Flagg II*, Choong Hoon Lee, Fábio Mariano*, Christopher Charles McDaniel, Da’ Von Doane, Dylan Santos, Jorge Andrés Villarini, Malik Berry
Woman In Green
Christopher Charles McDaniel, Choong Hoon Lee, Jorge Andrés Villarini, Daniel Cooke*, Rickey Flagg II*, Bernard DuBois II*
Pas de Deux
STEPHANIE RAE WILLIAMS, ANTHONY SANTOS
Women in Black
ALICIA MAE HOLLOWAY, AMANDA SMITH, DAPHNE LEE*
RICKEY FLAGG II CHOONG HOON LEE
Donald Nguyen Davison, Bernard DuBois II*, Daniel Cooke*, Rickey Flagg II*, Fábio Mariano*, Christopher Charles McDaniel, Anthony Santos, Jorge Andrés Villarini, Da’ Von Doane, Malik Berry
*denotes Collage Dance Collective under the leadership of Kevin Thomas and Marcellus D. Harper
Donald Eaton, Eli Fountain, Rudy Bird, Michael Wimberly, Edwina Tyler, Walter Rand, Larry Washington,
Flute 1, Bernard Phillips
Flute 2, Shelly Bauer
Music by arrangement with Southern Music Publishing Company, Inc.
Support for the restaging of Dougla made possible in part by the Aloft Hotel Harlem
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