"The Color Purple" in Rehearsal
September 5, 2018
Check out photos of The Color Purple cast rehearsing the first number of Act II, "African Homeland," with choreographer Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi.
ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHER
Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi
Dubbed the “Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa,” Lady Dane is a Nigerian, Cuban, Indigenous, American performance artist, two-time Helen Hayes Award nominated choreographer (2016, 2018), author, teacher, speech writer, advocate, playwright (Absalom, Kyltmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem, Guilty, Roaring: The Musical, For Black Trans Girls), founding member of Force Collision, and a coeditor of the Black Trans Prayer Book. She is the founder of The Inanna D Initiatives, which curates, produces and cultivates events and initiatives designed to center and celebrate the work of Trans and Gender NonConforming artists of color. She is the first Trans woman of color (TWOC) to be nominated for a Helen Hayes Award (2016) and the first TWOC in Washington, D.C., to publish a work of fiction, Yemaya’s Daughters (2013), and have her play, Absalom, chosen for Theater Alliance’s Hothouse Festival and The Kennedy Center’s Prelude Festival. ladydanefe.com
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