Legend Carmen de Lavallade to receive Obie Lifetime Achievement Award by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Legend Carmen de Lavallade will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 61st Annual Obie Awards® which will be held at Webster Hall, New York on Monday, May 23, 2016.
Carmen de Lavallade, New York, April 6, 2016. Photography by Lisa Pacino.
The American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice have announced that legendary actor/dancer/choreographer Carmen de Lavallade and renowned playwright A.R. Gurney will each receive a special Obie Award® for Lifetime Achievement at the 61st Annual Obie Awards hosted by Lea DeLaria in New York City. The star-studded line-up of presenters will include Obie Award® winner Colman Domingo, Obie Award® winner Danai Gurira, Maura Tierney, Kate Burton, Obie Award® winner Savion Glover, three-time Obie Award® winner Elizabeth Marvel, Carrie Preston, Norm Lewis, Obie Award® winner Tovah Feldshuh, Marlo Thomas, three-time Obie Award® winner David Henry Hwang, and two-time Obie Award® winner Lisa Kron. The evening will include special performances by 2016 Tony Award® nominee Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt, and cast members of Orange Is The New Black.
Carmen de Lavallade born March 6, 1931 is an American actress, dancer and choreographer. She became a member of the Lester Horton Dance Theatre in 1949 where she danced as a lead dancer until her departure for New York City with Alvin Ailey in 1954. That same year, 1954, de Lavallade made her Broadway debut partnered with Alvin Ailey in Truman Capote’s musical House of Flowers starring Pearl Bailey with a soon to be all-star cast. In 1955, she married dancer/actor Geoffrey Holder, whom she had met while working on House of Flowers. The following year, de Lavallade danced as the Prima Ballerina in Samson and Delilah and Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. She made her television debut in John Butler’s ballet Flight, and in 1957 she appeared in the television production of Duke Ellington’s A Drum is a Woman. She appeared in several Off-Broadway productions, including Othello and Death of a Salesman. An introduction to 20th Century Fox executives by friend Lena Horne led to more acting roles between 1952 and 1955. She appeared in several films, including Carmen Jones (1954) starring Dorothy Dandridge and Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) starring Harry Belafonte. De Lavallade was a principal guest performer with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company on the company’s tour of Asia and in some countries the company was billed as de Lavallade-Ailey American Dance Company. Other performances included Agnes de Mille’s American Ballet Theatre productions of The Four Marys and The Frail Quarry in 1965. She joined the Yale School of Drama as a choreographer and performer-in-residence in 1970 and staged musicals, plays and operas, and eventually became a professor and member of the Yale Repertory Theatre. Between 1990 and 1993, de Lavallade returned to the Metropolitan Opera as choreographer for Porgy and Bess and Die Meistersinger. She continues to appear Off-Broadway and on Broadway in productions. Her awards include the Black History Month Lifetime Achievement Award and the Rosie Award in 2004, the Bessie Award in 2006, the Capezio Dance Award in 2007, and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Juilliard School in 2008.
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Carmen de Lavallade and Daphne Rubin-Vega, New York, 2016. Photography by Lisa Pacino.
Audra McDonald and Carmen de Lavallade, New York, 2012. Photography by Lisa Pacino.
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