Library Reimagined: A Tour in Dance

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Library Reimagined: A Tour in Dance

D.C. Native, and Dance Theatre of Harlem member, Alexandra Hutchinson celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Alexandra Hutchinson grew up in Southwest Washington, D.C. She frequented the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and the Southwest Library. Now a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Hutchinson and her ballet partner Derek Brockington perform throughout the District's central library in a new piece, entitled "Library Reimagined: A Tour in Dance."

Choreographed by Hutchinson, "Library Reimagined: A Tour in Dance" was unveiled at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Festival. The piece shows what a magical place a library can be, especially to a young ballerina. The dancers perform throughout the building and discover the possibilities throughout the newly-modernized library. Areas featured include:
  • The monumental staircases.
  • The Great Hall.
  • The new Grand Reading Room.
  • The new auditorium.
  • The new rooftop reading garden. 

Commissioned by the MLK Library Friends, the piece contains the music of composer William Grant Still (1895-1978), the first African-American to have a symphony performed by a professional orchestra in the United States. 

Hutchinson and Brockington executive produced the now-viral "Dancing through Harlem," a choreographed work featuring members of the Dance Theatre of Harlem promoting mask wearing during the summer of 2020.

"Library Reimagined: A Tour in Dance" can be viewed on the Library's YouTube channel