The Lula Elzy New Orleans Dance Theatre will have a party that can only happen once every 300 years.
“It’s All About New Orleans” features the pairing of longtime New Orleans collaborators vocalist Germaine Bazzle and pianist/composer Ellis Marsalis, who will once again perform together.
“I have known Ellis and Germaine for most of my professional career, and they are both a part of my artist family and extended personal family. In the past we have done many concerts together,” Lula Elzy told OffBeat. “From the early ’60s through the ’80s, Ellis and Germaine had performed together on many occasions and at one time had standing gigs at Lu and Charlie’s, Tyler’s, Snug Harbor and many other venues around New Orleans. But during the last 20 years or so they had gone their separate ways as headliners.”
“Since we are celebrating the Tricentennial, I thought it would be wonderful to dedicate this concert to them. Also, it would be legendary to have them appear on stage not only as soloists but performing together again. Many musicians—like our music director Derek Douget—said we would be remiss if we passed up this important moment in New Orleans history so I wholeheartedly agree.”
The second half of the evening’s program will be a performance of Duke Ellington’s “New Orleans Suite.” Derek Douget will direct the evening’s big band, who will be accompanied by the Lula Elzy New Orleans Dance Theatre.
Elzy is a choreographer, director, educator and modern dancer whose namesake Dance Theatre celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016. As one of the first African American–led contemporary dance companies in the city, the Dance Theatre has fostered a home for local choreographers and musicians. For “It’s All About New Orleans,” she’ll serve as producer, artistic director, choreographer and dancer.
Lula’s work has been featured in the award-winning film Mudbound, and she serves as a dance consultant for the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music.
It’s All About New Orleans will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Dr., Metairie, 8 p.m.