African-American dance company at Ambrose


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Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2013, 10:04 am
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre, an innovative Los Angeles-based dance ensemble, is the current visiting artist for Quad City Arts and will give a public performance Saturday night at St. Ambrose University.

The company -- founded in 1980 by Lula and Erwin Washington in the inner city of South Los Angeles -- has focused on using dance to explore social and humanitarian issues, including aspects of African-American history and culture. LWDT has become one of the most admired African-American contemporary dance companies in the West – known for powerful, high-energy dancing, unique choreography and exceptional educational residencies, according to Quad City Arts.

A May 2012 review of a Norfolk, Va., performance at altdaily.com said: "There is no question that the dancers in LWDT are strong; their passion is evident. All of them clearly gave the execution of the choreography everything they had to give. The fast paced vigor of the show was indeed electric..."

The company is offering13 outreach activities (including public schools) during its one-week residency. LWDT will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Galvin Fine Arts Center, W. High Street and N. Gaines Street, Davenport. Tickets are $12; $9 for faculty, staff,alumni and seniors; $8 for non-Ambrose students; $7 for groups; free for Ambrose students with ID,and may be purchased through the St. Ambrose Box Office (563-333-6251) or at the door.

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