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Carmen de Lavallade As I Remember It

September 12–13, 8 p.m. at Kelly Strayhorn Theater

An intimate portrait of 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 spanning seven decades, reflecting 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 is 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 spent playing in the empty lots of 1930s Los Angeles to performing on 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 frame the performance.

A post-show discussion with Ms. Carmen de Lavallade, director Joe Grifasi, and co-writer/dramaturg Talvin Wilks follows Friday’s performance.

Friday, September 12, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014

8 p.m. Curtain
7 p.m. Doors & Drinks

$25 – Gen. Admission
$20 – 15206 Resident
$15 – Student/Artist
$10 – Groups of 10+

For tickets call 412-363-3000 or visit

KELLY STRAYHORN THEATER 5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh Pa. 15206

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 engagment 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

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