Ballet West

Higher Ground

Higher Ground

Utah Festival Opera

Dance Theatre of Harlem


Choreography: Robert Garland
Costume Design: Pamela Allen-Cummings
Lighting Design: Roma Flowers

Lindsey Donnell, Yinet Fernandez, Alexandra Hutchinson, Daphne Lee, Kamala Saara, Crystal Serrano, Ingrid Silva, Amanda Smith, Delaney Washington, Stephanie Rae Williams

Derek Brockington, Micah Bullard, Kouadio Davis, Keenan English, Christopher McDaniel, Sanford Placide, Anthony Santos, Dylan Santos, David Wright

World Premiere: January 22, 2022, Detroit Opera House, Detroit, Illinois

Higher Ground

The ballet “Higher Ground” represents a Sankofa-esque reflection on our current times. – Robert Garland

Music Credits: “Look Around” by Stevie Wonder and Syreeta Wright ©1970; “Heaven Is Ten Zillion Light Years Away” & “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” ©1974, by Stevie Wonder; “Higher Ground” ©1973, by Stevie Wonder; “Saturn” by Michael Sembello and Stevie Wonder ©1975; “Village Ghetto Land” by Gary Byrd and Stevie Wonder ©1976 © Jobete Music Co Inc and Black Bull Music. All rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 424 Church Street, Suite 1200, Nashville, TN 37219. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Commissioned by Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Special thanks to Stevie Wonder and Tracey Rounds.

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