Since Dance Alloy merged with the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in 2011, and, in effect, changed its name to Alloy Studios, it has hosted numerous dance performances, workshops, and classes. On September 10th, the venue will spotlight a legendary duo of stage and screen with a presentation of the documentary Carmen & Geoffrey.
Directed by husband-wife team Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob, Carmen & Geoffrey chronicles the work of two great American artists, dancer/choreographer/actress Carmen de Lavallade and multi-hyphenate Geoffrey Holder, who, since the 1950s, have both played a vital role in the world of American dance on Broadway, in television and film, and in the studios of American master choreographers. Shot over three years, the illuminating film not only looks at their illustrious careers, but also delves deeper, telling the story of a 47 year-long marriage and the creative partnership that has sustained their accomplishments. The film contains rare dance footage from the 50s and 60s, both solos and duets, featuring Alvin Ailey, Herbert Ross, Lester Horton, Joe Layton, Duke Ellington and Josephine Baker in Paris, among others. There are also contemporary works, including Carmen’s ongoing partnership with Gus Solomons Jr. and Dudley Williams, as well as a sampling of Carmen and Geoffrey’s current choreographies.
Carmen & Geoffrey begins at 7 p.m. The event includes a post-screening discussion with Carmen de Lavallade moderated by Lynne Hayes-Freeland of KDKA. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to register online as seating is limited.