Movement With A Meaning
“Movement With A Meaning,” a new short film by Jim Crum, gives an inside view of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT) as Lula reconstructed her powerful signature work, “We Wore The Mask.” The film also shows Lula’s work with children in her South Los Angeles dance studio, and includes scenes of LWDT residency activities at the Santa Clarita Center for the Performing Arts.
LWDT will perform “We Wore The Mask” during its concert Oct. 25 at the Cumberland Playhouse in Crossville, Tennessee. The company will also tour “Mask” in the Spring to Fayetteville State College in Fayetteville, NC; the Hayti Center in Durham, NC; the Hardin Performing Arts Center in Elizabethtown, TN; and the Buckman Center in Memphis TN. The work explores “masks” that African-Americans once had to wear in order to survive in America. Those masks can now be removed.
Jim Crum, a former television news producer, followed the dance company for six months during which time he conducted interviews with Lula and company members as they reconstructed “Mask” for performances in Los Angeles. The work also gives an inside view of what it means to work as a dancer at LWDT.