Speaker - Carmen De Lavallade

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Carmen De Lavallade first appeared in NYC with the Lester Horton Dance Theatre and subsequently made her Broadway debut with Alvin Ailey in House of Flowers. She has appeared in a number of films for Twentieth Century Fox including Carmen Jones (1954), in which she danced with Ailey and Jack Cole. As a dancer she has had ballets created for her by Alvin Ailey, Lester Horton, John Butler, Glen Tetley, Agnes De Mille, Geoffrey Holder, Donald McKayle, Louis Johnson and Tally Beatty. She was a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera, a guest artist with American Ballet Theater and a soloist with the NYC Opera. At Yale she taught movement classes for actors and eventually became a member of the Yale Repertory Theatre and the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard.

She has choreographed for Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joyce Trisler, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and a number of operas including the landmark production of Porgy & Bess at the Metropolitan. She continues to do stage and film projects, such as Oscar Wilde’s Salome with Al Pacino, and in John Sayles’ film Lone Star. She received the Dance Magazine Award in 1964 and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Boston Conservatory of Music in 1994.  In 1998 she founded the NYC-based performance ensemble PARADIGM with Gus Solomons Jr., and Dudley Williams.  De Lavallade received a 2000 New York Dance and Performance Award (a.k.a. "Bessie") for Sustained Achievement in Performance.

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Dances for an iPhone

07.23.11 | 00:09:33 min | 0 comments