Lula Washington Dance Theatre to make tour stop in Clovis

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Lula Washington Dance Company performs 7 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Auditorium.

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The Lula Washington Dance Theatre is kicking off its 30th anniversary national tour in New Mexico this month and will be making a stop in Clovis.

The company performs 7 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Auditorium.

The contemporary modern dance company’s 17-theater national tour started traveling New Mexico Oct. 15 and will continue through Oct. 30.

The dance group will perform four works: Ode to the 60s, Beautiful Venus and Serena, We Wore the Mask and Songs of the Disinherited.

We Wore the Mask and Songs of the Disinherited tackle identity, slavery and equality.

The Los Angeles-based, 10-member company fuses theater with dance, humor with emotion and classical with the contemporary.

The company was founded by Lula Washington, who grew up in poverty in the Nickerson Gardens Housing Projects in Watts, Calif.

Inspired by a performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at University of California Los Angeles, Washington was initially rejected from the UCLA dance program at age 22.

She appealed the decision and was later admitted and earned a master’s degree in dance from UCLA.