The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation and The Freeman Stage at Bayside will present the Lula Washington Dance Theatre Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Delaware Tech Owens Campus in Georgetown as part of its 2013 Off Stage Series. The 7 p.m. performance will be held in the theater of the Arts & Science Center.
Hailed by critics as exciting and captivating, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre is celebrating 32 years as the premier African-American modern dance company on the West Coast. LWDT has built an international reputation mixing athleticism, performance art, acting, jazz, ballet and street dance styles to reflect the African-American experience in innovative ways. Lula makes dances about life, exploring social issues that call for global humanism. The company is composed of well-trained athletic dancers, many from the inner city in Los Angeles.
LWDT has performed in more than 150 cities and has graced the stages of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals including the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the Ordway Center for the Arts. This tour of Lula Washington Dance Theatre is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Lula is able to make use of her dance studio, company members, students and teachers for major projects, such as the blockbuster film "Avatar." In preparation for "Avatar," Director James Cameron asked Lula how his Na Vi people might greet each other and move. Lula suggested that he use the “third eye - I see you” concept with one hand touching the center of the forehead and then extending away. Her idea became a central focus to the film. Lula spent 2007 and 2008 creating cultural and ritual movements that were used in many of the film’s sequences.
This event at Delaware Tech is part of a continued partnership between Del Tech and the Freeman Foundations, which are both committed to bringing rich cultural experiences to the area while also giving back to their communities. Earlier in 2012, the Carl M. Freeman Foundation was a major sponsor of the Starry, Starry Night Gala at the Owens Campus. Proceeds from that evening are used to provide scholarships and hands-on learning tools for students.
Tickets for the Lula Washington Dance Theatre performance are $11 each, and should be purchased in advance at www.freemanstage.org. Those 18 and under get in free. The Owens Campus is at the intersection of Route 113 and Seashore Highway, Route 18/404 in Georgetown.