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PREVIEW: Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Photo by Ian Foxx.
Lulu Washington Dance Theatre

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre might just be the best-known dance company you didn’t know you saw. Seen the movie Avatar? LWDT founder and namesake Lula Washington choreographed some of the movement and dancing for the Na’vi. Her dancers brought the choreography to life, donning motion capture gear to record the movements that Weta Digital used to model their 3D animations. Most of the year, LWDT is comfortably ensconced in southern California, but on October 30, the ensemble will heat things up when it comes to roost at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

LWDT’s performance kicks off the 2015-2016 round of the Ordway’s Target Dance Series.  Here’s a look at several of their performances over the years:




Upside Down.

Two Men Leaping.


All pictures courtesy of Lulu Washington Dance Theatre.

Basil Considine

Basil Considine is the Performing Arts Editor and Senior Classical Music and Drama Critic at the Twin Cities Arts Reader. He was previously the Resident Classical Music and Drama Critic at the Twin Cities Daily Planet and remains an occasional contributing writer for The Boston Musical Intelligencer and The Chattanoogan. He holds a PhD in Music and Drama from Boston University, an MTS in Sacred Music from the BU School of Theology, and a BA in Music and Theatre from the University of San Diego.

Basil was named one of Musical America's 30 Professionals of the Year in 2017.