This solo is considered to be one of Carmen de Lavallade’s signature works, and this performance was presented in tribute to her as part of a Gala performance for which she served as Honorary Chair. Dance Theatre of Harlem was founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, presenting its first professional performances at Jacob’s Pillow the following year. One of the leading dancers in that debut engagement, Virginia Johnson, took over the direction of DTH in 2009, and she brought the company back to its birthplace in 2013 (the same year when it was formally relaunched after nearly a decade on hiatus) and again in 2014. Prior to the main company’s return, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble had been newly reconceived as a national touring entity, visiting the Pillow in 2010. In its first decades, DTH transformed the perceptions of millions of audience members and served as cultural ambassadors, performing in 41 states and in 40 countries throughout the world.