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CARMEN & GEOFFREY

Friday, March 6

A BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO CARMEN De LAVALLADE

Introduced by co-director Linda Atkinson and Leo Holder, son of Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder

6:30

Director Linda Atkinson, Nick Doob
Cast Carmen de Lavallade, Geoffrey Holder, Alvin Ailey
2005 | USA | Digital | Approx. 80 min. | In English

Married for nearly 60 years — from 1955 until his death in 2014 — Carmen de Lavallade (from L.A.) and Geoffrey Holder (from Trinidad) wed a month after meeting. Dancers, actors and choreographers — both together and individually — Carmen was star soloist for the Lester Horton, John Butler and Alvin Ailey companies (she and Alvin were high school pals), as well as the Metropolitan Opera’s prima ballerina. Six-foot-six Geoffrey was also a Tony award-winning director and costume designer (The Wiz), musician, set designer, sculptor, and painter. Tonight, Carmen’s 89th birthday, we present Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob’s documentary Carmen and Geoffrey (2005), along with an extraordinary and rare 1960 Porgy and Bess ballet danced by Carmen and Ailey.