For immediate release:
LULA WASHINGTON DANCE THEATRE
CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF DANCE!
WHO: Lula Washington Dance Theatre
WHEN: Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, 2005, 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A., 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032
TICKETS: $40-$35-$30. Discounts available for students, seniors, groups, DRC. Box Office: (323) 343-6600 / Ticketmaster: (213) 365-3500 or www.ticketmaster.com
LOS ANGELES Â The Lula Washington Dance Theatre will be returning to the Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A. for two nights in March to celebrate a quarter-century of dance. On Friday, March 18, 2005, at 8:00 p.m., the company will perform a stunning 25th Anniversary Retrospective, which will include signature pieces by Lula Washington and Donald McKayle. On Saturday, March 19, 2005, at 8:00 p.m., the program will be Voices of Jazz Â 05, featuring dance performances set to compositions by some of the jazz worldÂs icons.
ÂIÂm going to give them the best of the old and the best of the new,Â says Lula Washington of Friday nightÂs spectacular line-up. Retrospective on Friday will present the Âbest of the bestÂ from the companyÂs repertoire, including a new work by Christopher Huggins titled On the Edge. Paired with WashingtonÂs abstract modern piece from 1981, Urban Man, will be the 1988 Women in the Streets, which vividly depicts the various tribulations faced by battered, drug-addicted women.
The music of such legendary jazz musicians as Duke Ellington and John Coltrane will complement SaturdayÂs Voices of Jazz dance performances. Also being presented as part of Saturday nightÂs program is Spontaneous Combustion, in which the spontaneous relationship between dancers and musicians proves so great that dancers and musicians become one! Music will be performed by Marcus L. MillerÂs Freedom Jazz Movement with Kamasi Washington on horns.
This retrospective weekend of live jazz and modern dance entertainment continues LWDTÂs ongoing 25th Anniversary celebration. In addition to settling into their brand-new facility on Crenshaw earlier this year, Lula Washington Dance Theatre hosted the 17th Annual Conference of the International Association of Blacks in Dance. The company received rave reviews in the New York Times on their Âstrong performanceÂ at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
The Luckman Fine Arts Complex 2004-05 season of dance programming continues this spring with Danza Floricanto/USA & QuetzalÂs performance of Fandango Without Borders on May 7, 2005, at 8:00 p.m. On June 4 at 8:00 p.m., Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet returns to the Luckman in a program including a reprise of RogersÂ Wishes and Turns (1985/revised 2004), and the premiÃ¨re of Concertante, set to Frank MartinÂs Petite Symphonie Concertante.
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