About 1,500 fans enjoyed a free outdoor performance by LWDT at Grand Performances on Friday, July 30, 8 pm, in Downtown L.A.
Lula and her dancers performed on the watercourt stage at California Plaza, 300-350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, 90071 before an audience that filled every seat available.
One of L.A.’s treasures, Lula Washington has been celebrating her dance company’s 30th anniversary with a series of local, national an international concerts. The Company heads next to concerts in upstate New York; Pittsburgh; and Kentucky before a 23-city tour in Russia.
The Grand Performances concert celebrated the Lula Washington Dance Theatre’s 30 years of influential community service with an evening of new and revival works. Premieres included Tamica Washington Miller’s Ode to Love in the Springtime, Spider and the Bee, and thrilling new choreography by Lula and Jordi Caballero (Dancing with the Stars) that delved into African, Flamenco and Modern dance styles. Viewers experienced the new work that Rennie Harris has set on the company, Reign – examining the experience of love and praise in church. The evening was tied together with Double Dutch, live musicians and drums galore. Actor Roger Guenveur-Smith added spoken word to the festivities and Marcus L. Miller’s Freedom Jazz Movement band thrilled viewers with its world jazz sounds.