Carmen de Lavallade
As I Remember It
"A whirlwind primer of a fascinating career... De Lavallade [is] a dynamic presence."--The Boston Globe"Few artists have quite Ms. de Lavallade's gift for eloquent stillness and for simple, quiet gestures that express whole worlds of emotion."--The New York Times "Riveting dramatic strengths"--The Washington Post
A standout in the Kennedy Center's 2005 Masters of African American Choreography
celebration and again in 2010's Five First Ladies of Dance
, legendary dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade returns with an intimate autobiographical one-woman work that brings together dance, multimedia, and her personal writings. As I Remember It,
which enjoyed its world premiere in June 2014, traces de Lavallade's unparalleled six-decade career in dance, theater, film, and television--from her childhood days spent playing in the empty lots of 1930s Los Angeles to gracing the world's grandest stages. De Lavallade performs solo amidst projections of her younger self as well as films featuring some of her significant collaborators, such as Alvin Ailey, Lester Horton, and Josephine Baker. In the process, she reflects on what is remembered and what is forgotten, creating a work shaped by her cognitive and muscular memories of her personal history.
"As a dancer and now choreographer, she has always zeroed in on the essence of feeling," says the New York Times
. Created in collaboration with director Joe Grifasi and co-writer/dramaturg Talvin Wilks, As I Remember It
also features video design by Maya Ciarrochi and set design by Mimi Lien.
These performances are in celebration of Ms. de Lavallade's husband Geoffrey Holder, who passed away October 5, 2014.
Free Explore the Arts Post-Performance Discussion
Wednesday, October 29FULL REVIEWS OF AS I REMEMBER IT AT JACOB'S PILLOW (6/24/14):
- "Aging, as in Fine Wine"--Arts Journal DanceBeat
- "De Lavallade Show is Dreamlike"--The Boston GlobeINTERVIEWS:
- "We're Obsessed With 83-Year-Old Dance Icon Carmen De Lavallade, and You Will Be Too (VIDEO)"--The Huffington Post
- "At 83, Dancer Carmen de Lavallade Has Stories to Tell"--The Boston Globe
(6/17/14)Performance Timing: TBA