A Well-Choreographed Life - WSJ

February 24, 2015 1:58 AM

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A Well-Choreographed Life - WSJ

When Carmen de Lavallade ’s “As I Remember It”—which is now at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, where I saw it—had its first performance in June at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, it was introduced in precurtain remarks noting, by way of introduction, that Ms. de Lavallade was slightly older than the 81-year-old festival itself. Another performer might blanch to have her age so plainly stated, but the solo show that features the still-statuesque Ms. de Lavallade—who will turn 84 next month—suggests that this California-born woman of Creole parents takes it all in stride.

Striding is literally and figuratively what Ms. de Lavallade has done in her dance career, and still largely does, with aplomb. With her lovely face distinguished by strong, satiny cheekbones; her small head, neatly crowned by an artfully fashioned chignon of silvery hair; her long neck; her cinched...

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