Baryshnikov Arts Center

Past Artist
Baryshnikov Arts Center Resident Artist

Carmen de Lavallade

Carmen de Lavallade will develop a retrospective work. During her residency, BAC will screen a documentary film about her legacy, Carmen & Geoffrey.


Artist Bio
Carmen de Lavallade

Carmen de Lavallade

Carmen de Lavallade first appeared in New York City with the Lester Horton Dance Theater and subsequently on Broadway with Alvin Ailey in House of Flowers, where she met Geoffrey Holder. She appeared in the films Carmen Jones, Odds Against Tomorrow, Big Daddy, and Lone Star

Horton, Ailey, and others—Glen Tetley, Agnes de Mille, and her husband, Mr. Holder—created ballets especially for her. She was a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera, and a guest artist of American Ballet Theatre and New York City Center Opera. At Yale, Ms. de Lavallade taught movement for actors and became a member of the Yale Repertory Company and the American Repertory Theater at Harvard. She has choreographed for Dance Theatre of Harlem, Philadanco, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the Metropolitan Opera. Ms. de Lavallade received a Dance Magazine Award, an honorary doctorate from The Juilliard School, a Duke Ellington Fellowship Award, and a Dance/USA Award. She is a founding member of Paradigm, a repertory concert company.

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