Carmen de Lavallade in "As I Remember It" at Baryshnikov Arts Center. Photo by Stephanie Berger.
Before it was common, Carmen de Lavallade was a hyphenate: dancer-actress-muse-professor-wife-mother. She, still sleek and gracious at 83, reminisces about her life in the premiere of “As I Remember It” at Baryshnikov Arts Center. As the multimedia show unfolds, it becomes clear another descriptor must be added to the already lengthy chain — legend.
The hour-long show features de Lavallade in a slinky maroon jumpsuit and fuchsia cardigan narrating the broad strokes of her life. A curtain constructed of fringe (like a lady’s flapper skirt) cuts across the stage. Film clips and pictures are projected on it, accenting the streaky, wavering quality of memory: certain details stand out while others recede into darkness.
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