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Lloyd Knight: Martha Graham Dance Company- originally posted February 29, 2012

By Walter Rutledge

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Martha Graham once said, “Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” The reason truly memorable performances reach across the footlight to connect with the audience, is because the performer is imbued with something extra. It is an almost unexplainable sharing that takes place from one soul, one spirit, to the members of audience. It is an honesty that transcends artistic discipline, language and occasionally even time. When I think of artists who have this special gift of communication, I think of Lloyd Knight

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Knight is a soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company. During his seven-year association with the company he has demonstrated a stalwart commitment and dedication to his craft and artistry. He returns to the stage this season after a year of recovering from an injury. Knight approached his physical rehabilitation with same resolute determination that has distinguished him as an artist on the ascent, and he is back this season performing the choreography he describes simply as “art”.

Born in England Knight was reared in Miami, Florida. In middle school a teacher got him to try a dance class, and he was hooked. He trained at the Miami Conservatory of Ballet, and later attended the renowned New World School of the Arts where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Knight adapted well to the long hours and rigorous training at New World School of the Arts, and he performed leading roles in Jose Limon’s There is a Time, Merce Cunningham’s Inlets II, and Donald McKayle’s Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder. It was also at the New World School of the Arts he was introduced to the choreography and technique of Martha Graham.

His strong technique, pliant physique and natural stage presence gave him the opportunity to excel in many styles of dance; but his inner muse was drawn to Graham. He auditioned for the Graham Company while a senior at New World School of the Arts, and literally walked down the aisle at graduation and into the Martha Graham Dance Company. Over the past seven years he has worked at mastering the Graham style with a passion it’s founder would have been proud to see.

In 2009 only four years after joining the company Knight was promoted to Soloist. He has performed in many of Graham’s seminal works including Errand into the Maze; and in the roles of the snake in Embattled Garden, and the preacher in what is perhaps Graham’s most recognizable work Appalachian Spring. It is little wonder that Dance Magazine named Knight one of the “Top 25 Dancers to Watch in 2010”.

The 2012 season of the Martha Graham Dance Company will begin on March 13 at the Joyce Theater. The company will revive Graham’s 1939 comic work Every Soul is a Circus. This work marked the first appearance of Merce Cunningham, who became the second male dancer (after Erick Hawkins) to join the Graham Company. In this season Knight will perform the role originally choreographed for Cunningham. Welcome back Lloyd Knight we wish you an inspired year, as we know your dancing will continue to inspire us.

(This article was originally posted February 29, 2012 for Harlem World Magazine)

O & A with Rita Rubino: Ten Plan Ahead Tips For Your Next Party

By Rita Rubino

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Have you ever thrown a party or gathering and found yourself so busy during the event that you didn’t even talk to any of your guests? Well, here are some do ahead tips to help you enjoy your party. Continue reading

Paul Taylor Dance Company begins 60th Anniversary Season Tonight

By Walter Rutledge

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The Paul Taylor Dance Company begins their New York season today at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. The season marks the 60th anniversary of the company and the third consecutive season at Lincoln Center. During the three-week engagement, Tuesday, March 11 through Sunday, March 30, the company will present 22 works that span Founder/Artistic Director Paul Taylor’s seven decades of dance making. Continue reading

A Video Preview of the Herb Ritts Supermodel Photography Exhibition

By Walter Rutledge

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The Edwynn Houk Gallery,745 Fifth Avenue, will present an exhibition of rare, vintage photographs by celebrated American photographer Herb Ritts through March 22. The exhibition focused exclusively on the five models in his iconic work, Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood, 1989. Continue reading

Lupita Nyong’o Defines True Beauty (video and transcript)

By Walter Rutledge

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The Oscar speech by Lupita Nyong’o was a historic moment; but her most powerful message was delivered during the 7th annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon sponsored by Essence Magazine. Nyong’o was honored with the Best Breakthrough Performance Award for her work in then Oscar nominated 12 Years a Slave. She shared a poignant letter from a girl whose dark complexion gave her feeling of inadequacy. She was able to find her own beauty through Lupita’s journey. Then Lupita share her own story of self-doubt because of her complexion. It is a moving and inspiring affirmation on the meaning of true beauty. Continue reading

Apollo Club Harlem

By Walter Rutledge

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Apollo Club Harlem returned to the Apollo Theater for four performances Thursday, February 20 through Sunday, February 23, 2014. The evening consisted of a pre-show musical interlude by pianist Isaac Ben Ayala, a lively revue and post show dancing on stage for orchestra patrons. The stylish evening was a true up-scale date night combining entertainment, dining and dancing while celebrating the history of Harlem’s most venerable performance venue. Continue reading

Creating an Urban Legend: A Conversation with George Faison and Ebon Charles

By Walter Rutledge

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On December 5, 2013 Bah Humbug from The Notorious E.B. Scrooge premiered at the Faison Firehouse Theater. The production was conceived, written, directed and choreographed by George Faison. Ebon Charles, who also performed the role of E.B. Scrooge- a ruthless record mogul, and Hip Hop artist Rah Digga contributed additional material. Faison’s urban adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol used rap music as the storytelling devise, transforming the holiday classic into an urban legend. Continue reading

O & A with Rita Rubino: Pan Roasted Pork Loin with Rita’s Dry Rub

By Rita Rubino

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A dry rub is a mixture of herbs and spices used to season meats, chicken and fish before cooking. Grilling is the most common method of cooking for foods seasoned with dry rub, but pan roasting, baking and broiling are also viable options. The history of dry rubs spans the globe and you can find a dry rub in nearly every culture. Spice mixtures for rubs are now readily available from famous chefs and spice companies, but if you choose to make your own, you can have fun adding your own personal touch. Continue reading