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Lula Washington’s “Random Thoughts” Called “Brilliant” in Review of McCallum Theater Concert in Palm Desert

Lula Washington’s “Random Thoughts” Called “Brilliant” in Review of McCallum Theater Concert in Palm Desert

Lula Washington premiered her new “Random Thoughts” at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert this November. The 45-minute work to music by Terrence Blanchard drew a very positive review from music and dance critic Bruce Fessier from the “My Desert.com” online publication. His review on Nov. 18, 2013 said this, in part: “I was enthralled [...]


LWDT Praised in Review of Mid-Atlantic Tour

LWDT Praised in Review of Mid-Atlantic Tour

Originally Published: 3/3/2013 Review: Lula Washington Dance Theatre in powerful, expressive performance ________________________________________ By Susan L. Pena Reading Eagle Correspondent Lula Washington Dance Theatre took on universal themes of love, war, healing and authenticity in a performance Saturday night in Reading Area Community College’s Miller Center for the Arts as part of the Downtown Performing [...]


LWDT gets good review at San Jose Jazz Festival

LWDT gets good review at San Jose Jazz Festival

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre received a glowing review for its concert Aug. 11 at the San Jose Jazz Festival. Chris J. Walker wrote a review of the entire festival for the Jazz Times and summed up each artists’ performance. He had this to say about LWDT. “Vastly different from all of them was a [...]


Lula Washington Dance Theatre Shines at Ford

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. [...]


Lula Washington Showed Hollywood Some Dance Moves

Lula Washington Showed Hollywood Some Dance Moves

October 16, 2010 By Jane Vranish, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Lula Washington Dance Theatre is known as the company that served as the real-life inspiration for the Na’vi tribe in James Cameron’s blockbuster movie “Avatar.” But when the company appears at Shady Side Academy tonight, Ms. Washington wants people to expect more, to be “interested in the [...]


Review: Lula Washington Dance Theatre (Culture Spot LA)

Review: Lula Washington Dance Theatre (Culture Spot LA)

JULY 09, 2010 BY ANNA REED The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2010 Hollywood Bowl Jazz series kicked off on July 7 with performances celebrating the glorious tangle of influences that produced and continue to develop jazz music worldwide. The star-studded, soul-stirring lineup included Cameroonian bassist and vocalist Richard Bona, New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard in collaboration [...]


Dancing on Pandora (Pasadena Weekly)

Dancing on Pandora (Pasadena Weekly)

March 04, 2010 BY CARL KOZLOWSKI Lula Washington has come a long way from her hardscrabble upbringing in the Nickerson Gardens Housing Projects in Watts. As the founder of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, she has performed in some of the most prestigious settings on Earth — from the Kennedy Center to the Olympics. But [...]


Little-Known Black History Fact: Lula Washington (BlackAmericaWeb News)

Little-Known Black History Fact: Lula Washington (BlackAmericaWeb News)

February 01, 2010 By ERICA TAYLOR Award-winning choreographer Lula Washington is an international icon of dance. She is the founder and artistic director of the Lula Washington Dance Theater and the Lula Washington Contemporary Dance Foundation. It was Washington who “Avatar” filmmaker James Cameron sought to bring acrobatic life to the avatars on screen. After [...]


‘Avatar’s’ choreographer, and then some (LA Times, Culture Monster)

‘Avatar’s’ choreographer, and then some (LA Times, Culture Monster)

January 30, 2010 By DEBRA LEVINE “Avatar” employed innovative technology to set the Na’vi tribe in motion. The 3-D camera used in filming allowed the director to view the dancers within a computer-generated virtual environment, even though they were working on a “performance-capture” set. The packs visible on the dancers’ legs help capture the motion. [...]


Lula Washington Dance Theatre celebrates 30 years (Long Beach Press-Telegram)

Lula Washington Dance Theatre celebrates 30 years (Long Beach Press-Telegram)

February 5, 2010 By VICKI SMITH PALUCH Choreographer Lula Washington sounds invigorated. Her long-standing modern dance company is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an ambitious performance schedule, and the national media is buzzing about her choreography for James Cameron’s Oscar-nominated box-office juggernaut “Avatar.” “The Na’vi (the blue aliens in `Avatar’) celebrate themselves through dance,” said [...]


Lula Washington dancers perform again free tonight (Savannah Morning News)

Lula Washington dancers perform again free tonight (Savannah Morning News)

February 12, 2010 By JENEL FEW See Lula’s interview: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1184614610?bctid=66175354001 Savannah-Chatham public school students got a sneak peek at some of the performances which will take place at the Savannah Black Heritage Festival this month. “We’ve done something special for the kids for the past nine years,” said Shirley B. James, festival coordinator. “We want [...]


Lula Washington’s AVATAR Experience (Dance Teacher Magazine Newsletter)

Lula Washington’s AVATAR Experience (Dance Teacher Magazine Newsletter)

Februrary, 2010 By RACHEL ZAR Lula Washington, director, teacher and owner of the Lula Washington Dance School in Los Angeles CA, recently choreographed for the Oscar-nominated film, Avatar. For the film, director James Cameron asked Washington to create a movement vocabulary specific to the Na’vi people in the film, and choreograph ritual dances that reflected their [...]


If You Knew Lula (LA Weekly)

If You Knew Lula (LA Weekly)

By ANN HASKINS Maybe it’s the accolades from the New York press for the company’s signature blend of African, jazz, contemporary, ballet and hip-hop. Maybe it’s Lula Washington’s heightened profile after her choreography for Avatar. Maybe it’s just that after three decades as a vital part of the L.A. dance scene, the Lula Washington Dance [...]


Dancers Reaching Out to Smaller Communities (The Albuquerque Journal)

Dancers Reaching Out to Smaller Communities (The Albuquerque Journal)

October 18, 2009 By AURELIO SANCHEZ A world-renowned Los Angeles contemporary dance company is here to enchant New Mexico. The 10-member Lula Washington Dance Theatre kicked off its 30th annual national tour Thursday and will perform in several New Mexico cities through Oct. 30, including two separate performances Oct. 20 in Albuquerque. Since being founded [...]


Lula Washington Dance Theatre explores the way we network today (NJ Star-Ledger)

Lula Washington Dance Theatre explores the way we network today (NJ Star-Ledger)

January 29, 2010 By ROBERT JOHNSON For most dance companies, the movement is the message. Choreographer Lula Washington, however, ignores the lessons of the late media guru Marshall McLuhan. For her Lula Washington Dance Theatre, which opened at Montclair State University’s Alexander Kasser Theater, on Thursday, dancing by itself might not be specific enough. In [...]


Questions for Lula Washington, Who Helped ‘Avatar’ Move (NY Times)

Questions for Lula Washington, Who Helped ‘Avatar’ Move (NY Times)

January 27, 2010 By JULIE BLOOM The choreographer Lula Washington, left, with James Cameron and the dancers Christa Oliver and Tamica Washington-Miller. Until recently the Los Angeles-based choreographer Lula Washington did not use e-mail. Actually, she resisted most forms of technology. Her dance company had a Web site; Ms.Washington just hadn’t visited it. So it’s [...]


Lula Washington: A life changed by dance (LA Times)

Lula Washington: A life changed by dance (LA Times)

From creating steps for her dance troupe to moves for ‘Avatar’s’ Na’vis, the African American choreographer has done it all.