Having made her Jacob’s Pillow debut with Lester Horton Dance Theatre in 1953 and performed here as recently as 2014, Carmen de Lavallade holds the distinction of the longest Pillow performing career on record. As a student of Lester Horton’s in Los Angeles, she was responsible for first getting Alvin Ailey into a dance studio and later became a charter member of the Ailey company. Aside from her early appearances with Horton and Ailey, she has also performed at the Pillow with PARADIGM, in the companies of Glen Tetley and Donald McKayle, and with her husband Geoffrey Holder, whose work is seen here. Less than a week after this performance, she premiered a solo evening entitled As I Remember It.
EXPLORE MAURA KEEFE’S MULTIMEDIA ESSAY ON CARMEN DE LAVALLADE