Choreographer Walter Rutledge’s Black History Month Programming At Central Baptist Church

January 23, 2024

 Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC), in collaboration with Central Baptist Church of NYC, will present its second Black History Month Program at the church, 166 W. 92nd Street, on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 4 p.m.

The event is FREE to the public.
 
“We hope to establish this as a free annual event for our audience, the church’s congregation, and the larger community,” said THPAC Executive Chairman Alex Smith, Jr. “The program will inform the public of and celebrate the significant contributions of African Americans through music, dance, and the spoken word. We are committed to the remembrance of our history and the uplift of African Americans. By reaching back through this program, we can envision and grasp a healing future for our community and all of humanity.” 
 
The program will include three bible-themed works by Harlem fave and choreographer Walter Rutledge, featuring dancers Amina Konate and Tevin Johnson.

The works will revive Johnson’s solo set to 2 Chronicles and extend the work with another selection from Hebrew 11, narrated by theater legend James Earl Jones. Two additional sections, a solo for Konate and a new duet for the pair, will also be offered.

Central Baptist Church of NYC is accessible via the 1, 2, 3, or B subway lines. 

Upcoming THPAC 2024 productions include the June Dance Festival, June 19-23 (location TBD), and, in Fall 2024, A Ramp to Paradise; The Gospel According to THPAC; and To the Souls of Our Feet, a THPAC documentary premiere.
 
Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center

The Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC) was founded 46 years ago to support creative ideas and present the artistic vision of choreographers and dance companies of color. THPAC has attracted and supported emerging and established dance artists who seek out the organization’s experimental yet historically aware environment. It has become a viable institution for communities that have traditionally celebrated and reflected on their social and cultural issues through the rituals of music, dance, literature, and performance. THPAC’s founder, Larry Phillips, began working as a dance therapist at a Brooklyn community center that sponsored children’s education and support programs for single parents attending New York Technical College. Those programs were the forerunner of THPAC. In 1977, Phillips renamed the organization after his renowned and highly influential teacher, the late Thelma Hill, who remains a positive force in dance in New York City and beyond. 
 
The Central Baptist Church of NYC

The mission of Central Baptist Church of NYC is the same mission Jesus gave his followers: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 


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