With MLK-themed dance, Lula Washington delivers leaps that are well-timed in so many ways

 Krystal Hicks performs "Temporary Spaces" during the Lula Washington Dance Theatre program at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. (Kevin Parry / The Wallis)

Krystal Hicks performs "Temporary Spaces" during the Lula Washington Dance Theatre program at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. (Kevin Parry / The Wallis)

Los Angeles Times
Written by Laura Bleiberg

January 12, 2018

"On the same day the president of the United States allegedly spat out profanity against African and other countries, Lula Washington Dance Theatre began a three-night run here that celebrates in dance and music African peoples and their American descendants. What timing!

Lula Washington founded her multiethnic company in urban Los Angeles, but the troupe’s first concert almost 40 years ago was at Beverly Hills High School, so call the Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center shows running through Saturday a homecoming.

A different program for each of the three shows is a luxury for this company — for any group, in fact. That allowed Washington to delve into her extensive repertory devoted to African American culture and history...

...And thanks, too, to Washington, for staying the course and reminding us of the joys and responsibilities we all have to make a better world. An important message to keep in mind on this MLK holiday weekend."