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Lula Washington Dance Theatre Shines at Ford

From: Eye Spy LA – By M.R. Hunter (9/06/2011)

This past Sunday night, a concert of song and dance converged at the Ford Amphitheater to celebrate unity in diversity. Rhythm & Roots brought together a spectacular array of headlining singers and world-renowned dance companies Israeli-American Keshet Chaim’s Dance Ensemble and the Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Keshet Chaim and Lula Washington performed dance numbers that were simply riveting.

It’s difficult however to top Lula Washington’s awesome and colorful “Global Village – A Cultural Celebration” with its creative use of costumes and sheer boundlessness across the stage. High-flying and acrobatic, the women’s upraised arms sent reams of satin into the air like unfurled flags lofting high above their heads. An incredibly challenging piece physically, the number lasted a surprising ten minutes and showed no sign of slowing down as they pounded the stage.

Later, Keisha L. Clarke-Gray performed an exquisite solo piece to “Angelitos Negros” part of the suite “Songs of the Disinherited” – a four-part ballet that was breathtaking and soulful. Choreographed by Donald McKayle, this performance stood out as one of the most beautiful of the evening and Keisha L. Clarke-Gray was nothing short of pure magic.

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