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WWW.CONNECTIONS.2010 (2010)


Choreography: Lula Washington
Costumes: Lula Washington
Music: Rolling Stones, Pachel Bel Canon, Michael Jackson

“www.connections.2010″ is Lula’s light hearted examination of the way cell phones and technology have dominated the world and invaded all aspects of life, and how technology can also be used to help improve the world.

Love Is… (2010)

Choreography: Christopher Huggins
Music: Sigur Ros and Wong Kar-Wai
Costumes: Natasha Guruleva

Global Village (2009)

Choreography: Lula Washington
Music: Fela Kuti
Costumes: Lula Washington

“Global Village” is an urban celebration dance incorporating selected dance styles from around the world that Lula Washington has had contact with. It celebrates the universal concept that dance is spiritual, uplifting and joyous. “Global Village” has taken the music of the urban African warrior Fela and created a contemporary dance that encompasses the concept that African people have communities and imprints all over the world.

Reign (2009)


Choreography: Rennie Harris
Music: James “JT” Wilconson

“Reign” is a work that represents Rennie Harris’ personal struggle with love. He explains,”I fell from the grace of heaven and although my heart hurts I know I will one day return. So until then, I will continue to create work about love… The love of family, friends, lovers, husbands, wives, humans. These relationships are designed to ultimately bring us back to God and the glory of heaven.”

Beautiful Venus & Serena (2008)


Choreography: Tamica Washington-Miller
Music: Beautiful Serena
Music Composed by: Marcus L. Miller
Costume Concept: Tamica Washington-Miller

“Beautiful Venus & Serena” is Tamica Washington-Miller’s latest ballet. This piece is a tribute to Venus and Serena Williams… two athletes, two activists, two champions, two sisters.

The Little Rock Nine (2008)

Choreography: Lula Washington (Assistants: Tamica Washington-Miller, Bernard Brown, Micah Moch
Music: “Sign of the Judgment” by The McIntosh Country Singers, “We Shall Walk Through The Valley in Peace” by The Princely Players, “Traditional Prayer” by The Blue Spring Missionary Baptist Association, “American 400 Years” by Iriz Lucky Witherspoon, Black Thought, Rah Digga, and Dr. Cornel West, “The Talking Drum” by Tissamba, “The Talking Drum” by Coco Mbassi (Spoken Text Excerpts: “The Long Shadow of Little Rock” by Daisy Bates, “I Dream A World” by Langston Hughes, “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou)

Lula Washington was born in 1950, just outside Little Rock shortly before this event. This work is a tribute to the nine African-American students who integrated Central High School on September 25, in 1957; and a look at the current situation there. Local students are not taking advantage of all the educational opportunities at the school. The new generation is not as motivated as those students were in 1957.

Commissioned by the University of Central Arkansas at Conway, Arkansas.

Ode to the ’60s (2007)


Choreography by: Lula Washington
Costume Concept: Lula Washington

“Calling of the People”
Music: “Star Spangled Banner” by Jimi Hendrix, Excerpts from President John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration Speech

“Free Spirit”
Music: “Sweet Little Sixteen” by Chuck Berry

“Festival of Love”
Music: “I Need A Man To Love” by Janis Joplin ft. Big Brother & The Holding Co.

“Issue #1″
Music: “Motherless Child” by Peter Paul and Mary

“Issue #2″
Music: “The Long and Winding Road” by The Beatles

“Issue #3″
Music: “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan, “Let it Be” by The Beatles

“Cultural Exchange”
Music: “Super Bad” by James Brown

“Salute to the Era”
Music: “Hail, Hail, Rock n’ Roll” by Chuck Berry

“Ode to the Sixties” is an exploration of both the social and cultural changes that America was experiencing in the 1960s era of Cultural Revolution. Using music from Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Janice Joplin and the Beatles, “Ode…” will take audiences back to a time with parallels to today.

This work was commissioned by and premiered in 2007 at Lincoln Center Out of Doors in New York City. It was created at the request of Jenneth Webster, director of the Festival.

The Healers (2008)

Choreography: Lula Washington

“The Healers” is Lula Washington’s newest ballet that uplifts the ritual of purification. It is a ballet that can relate to history, present and future in a form of displaying the need to purge and purify ourselves and the earth of those things that hinder our growth. No matter if the cleansing is mental, physical or metaphorical… it is a reminder that purity and being rooted is the beginning of healing…LIFE.

We Wore the Mask (2006)


Choreography: Lula Washington
Assistants to Ms. Washington: Bernard Brown, Micah Moch, “Taz”,
Tamica Washington-Miller
Traditional Music Arranged by: Marcus L. Miller
Costume Concept: Lula Washington

This work celebrates the removal of old masks that were once needed to survive in America. Once removed, a new face is revealed full of the vivacity, energy, sensuality, soul, spirit, fire and true beauty that lies within us.

Songs of the Disinherited (1972)


Choreography: Donald McKayle
Music: Traditional
Costume Design: Lea Vivante
Costume Construction: Linda Boroughs

Section 1: On My Way
Section 2: Up On The Mountain
Section 3: Angelitos Negros
Section 4: Shaker Life

“Songs of the Disinherited” is a four part ballet that explores a journey to freedom: freedom in society, freedom from bondage of slavery, freedom from stereotypes and the FREEDOM to feel joy and shout and dance. This piece is a gospel that grows from the souls of our ancestors and our daily struggle to live in equality.

Acquisition of “Songs of the Disinherited” funded by the California Community Foundation, the National Endowment For The Arts First Impressions Performances.