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September 12–13 | 8 PM
An intimate portrait of a dance icon
As I Remember It is an intimate portrait of the legendary artist Carmen de Lavallade told through dance, film and her personal writings. Created by Ms. de Lavallade in collaboration with director Joe Grifasi and co-writer/dramaturg Talvin Wilks, this hour-long original work traces a career that spans over seven decades and reflects on what is remembered and what is forgotten. Just as memories of our own lives are often colored by age and perspective, this dance/theater work will be shaped by Ms. de Lavallade’s cognitive and muscular memories of her personal history.
The video and set design create a sense of time and place – from her childhood days playing in the empty lots of 1930s Los Angeles to performing on many of the world’s grand stages. As I Remember It features Ms. de Lavallade performing with projections of her younger self as well as with films featuring some of her significant collaborators. Stories of her years in California dancing with Lester Horton, in New York with Alvin Ailey, and in Paris with Josephine Baker; her work in film; and her time spent as a member of the Yale Repertory Theatre frames the performance.
Post-show discussion to follow Friday’s performance with Ms. Carmen de Lavallade, director Joe Grifasi, and co-writer/dramaturg Talvin Wilks.
The presentation of As I Remember It was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
This engagement of Carmen de Lavallade is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.