Carmen de Lavallade to Deliver Memorial Address at Episcopal Actors' Guild's 2013 Memorial Service, 11/10
Carmen de Lavallade will deliver a special reflection at The Episcopal Actors' Guild's Annual Memorial Service on Sunday, November 10 at 3:00 pm at The Little Church, 1 East 29th St., New York (b/w Fifth Ave. & Madison Ave.). Free and Open to the Public.
In 1870, the Church of the Transfiguration (aka "The Little Church around the Corner") became one of the first houses of worship in New York to offer funerals for actors.
This tradition of welcoming people of the performing arts continues with the Episcopal Actors' Guild's Annual Memorial Service, held in honor of those in the arts who have passed away in the previous year. With music, a reading of the names, and one final standing ovation, we will pay tribute to our colleagues and friends.
The afternoon will also include a special reflection by legendary performer Carmen de Lavallade (her biography is below).
This event is free and open to the public. A reception in Guild Hall will follow.
Carmen de Lavallade has had an unparalleled career in dance, theater, film and television. Her dance career includes ballets created for her by Lester Horton, Geoffrey Holder, Alvin Ailey, Glen Tetley, John Butler and Agnes De Mille. She succeeded her cousin Janet Collins as the principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera and was a guest artist with the American Ballet Theater. Ms. de Lavallade also has had an extensive acting career performing in numerous off-Broadway productions including Death of a Salesman and Othello.
Her most recent work includes Evening Primrose by Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman (2010) and the Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire (2012). Ms. de Lavallade is currently working on a dance/theater work about her life entitled As I Remember It, which is slated to premiere in June 2014.
In her eighties and still performing with a supreme level of grace and elegance, Carmen de Lavallade is an icon in the truest sense of the word - inspiring generations of artists and audiences.
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