Carmen and Geoffrey...

This film is four movements the work of American artists, Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder who stepped forward in the 1950's to play a vital part in the newly energized world of modern dance.  It is also four movements a forty-seven year long marriage and creative partnership that has sustained their accomplishments.

Over the past three years, Linda Atkinson (a student of Carmen’s) and Nick Doob have filmed the virtually uninterrupted creativity of this couple, now in their 70’s.  The film’s style is spontaneous, intimate and revealing, showing Carmen and Geoffrey’s natural penchant for uncommon good humor. 

The film was shot in New York, Texas, Trinidad and Paris and contains rare dance footage featuring them from the 50’s and 60’s, both solo and together.  It also includes their work with Ailey, Ross, Horton, Joe Layton, Duke Ellington and Josephine Baker in Paris.  There are scenes of their contemporary work, including Carmen’s on-going partnership with Gus Solomons jr and Dudley Williams and both Carmen’s and Geoffrey’s current choreography.

The film provides young people with role models of lives boldly lived and above all will offer a paradigm for survival and accomplishment in one of the toughest professions to which anyone can aspire.


Produced and Directed by: Linda Atkinson (a student of Carmen’s)