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Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder, two living legends in the world of American dance, are the subjects of this intimate and revealing documentary.
Carmen was the first to achieve notoriety in the early 1950s, as a lead dancer of incomparable beauty and grace with the Lester Horton Dance Theater and Alvin Ailey's American Dance Theater. Geoffrey, large in life and an elemental force on stage who would find fame not only as a dancer but also as an actor ("Live and Let Die"), soda spokesman ("the Un-Colaaaaa...") and theater director ("The Wiz"), met Carmen during a production of Truman Capote's "House of Flowers" in 1954, and proposed to her on sight. They married a year later and have been together ever since.
Filmed over a period of three years in New York, Texas, Trinidad and Paris, Carmen & Geoffrey features candid interviews and riveting archival dance footage. Performances of their work with Alvin Ailey, Herbert Ross, Lester Horton, Joe Layton, Duke Ellington and Josephine Baker, as well as their choreography work and Holder's stunning achievements in painting and costume design demonstrate the virtually uninterrupted creativity of these icons of dance.
What you see is more than an outstanding, five-decade creative collaboration; it's one of the dance world's great love stories, too. --Dance Magazine
Leaves you wondering why its subjects are not widely recognized as national treasures. --Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Endearing, with glorious, amazing archival footage! --This Week in New York
Wonderful account of the lives of two of our most cherished and colorful artists. It was a joy to watch and remember their careers.Published 3 months ago by Mark Twain
Two superb dancers at their peak. I can watch this DVD over and over again. when Geoffrey Holder died this past year, we lost a giant.Published 3 months ago by maggie
To watch this documentary is to experience sheer pleasure. Carmen Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder are beautiful, talented and as I knew they would be, really good people... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jeri Schatz
I saw her on stage in Los Angeles. I also met her sister a very long time ago. One of the most memorable DVD's ever/
This is just a WONDERFUL documentary. So informative and fun! They are both such accomplished and entertaining people. I would highly recommend it.Published 6 months ago by R.P. Rose