Samuel Smalls

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Smalls with William Scott, Homer Bryant, and Roman Brooks in Louis Johnson’s Forces of Rhythm.

Samuel Smalls was one of the founding members of Dance Theatre of Harlem. He performed with the company in their first performance at Jacob’s Pillow

Smalls’ repertoire with the company included Arthur Mitchell’s Ode to Otis (1969), Holberg Suite (1970), Rhythmetron (1970), and Spiritual Suite (1970); Milko Sparemblek’s Ancient Voices of Children (1973); Louis Johnson’s Wings (1974); Walter Raines’ After Corinth (1975); and William Dollar’s The Combat (1975). He was featured in the PBS documentary Great Performances: Dance in America: Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Smalls with Lydia Abarca, Walter Raines, Gerald Banks, and Derek Williams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jacob’s Pillow
Ode to Otis Photo, Jacob’s Pillow
Ballet in Black: Louis Johnson and African American Vernacular Humour in Ballet, Thomas F. Defrantz
Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Repertory List, Columbia University Libraries
Great Performances: Dance in America: Dance Theatre of Harlem
Dance Theatre of Harlem at Home on Broadway, The New York Times
Dance: Between Promise and Success, The New York Times

See also:

Ode to Otis Photo, Jacob’s Pillow

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