What is Luck? Othella Dallas Film Screening

What is Luck?
Othella Dallas Film Screening
With Artist Talk from Angela Andrew

Friday 22nd February, 7:30pm
£5 Advance | £7.50 Door
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In December 2018, CDS Member Angela Andrew presented a work-in-progress sharing of ‘Radical Integration’, a unique collaboration with Othella Dallas commissioned by CDS as part of Collaborations Between Generations. The work is about legacy, radicality and the transmission of black dance via DNA. Join us for this unique screening of ‘What is Luck?’, a film about Othella’s inspiring life.


What is Luck? Othella Dallas

What is Luck?’ is a Swiss film documenting the life and dances of Othella Dallas, born 1925 in Memphis, Tennesse.  At 93 years young she is a carrier of an academic and corporal knowledge of the integration of African centred dances.

At the age of 19 she was discovered by the legendary Katherine Dunham and during the early 1940’s became principle dancer at the Katherine Dunham Company. This was the first company of its kind, emerging at a time when black contemporary and vernacular dance overlapped in a highly charged socio-political environment. Then in 1950 she began a singing career and soon after shared the stage with Jazz legends like Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Quincy Jones.


Presentation from Angela Andrew

Angela Andrew is a Lindy Hopper, dance artist and teacher born and raised in London’s East End. In this artist talk Angela Andrew will introduce ‘Radical Integration’, a new project collaborating with artists at the root of jazz and African dances, commencing with Othella Dallas. This work is about legacy, about the transmission of black dance via DNA.

Having studied Lindy Hop ‘informally’ for over 25 years she has observed from a distance the institutionalised nature of dance. Angela makes the case for the Lindy Hop to be recognised for its duality: as a contemporary art form and a popular social dance.

Both the Lindy Hop and the Dunham technique emerged from the same social-political environment in the 1930’s. Both forms have been hugely influential to dance and yet have been widely overlooked by institutions. Angela Andrew seeks to challenge our learned biases about technique, experimentation and radicality.

There will be time after the talk for questions and informal chat about both artist’s work, we hope you’ll stay for a drink.


Radical Integration was commissioned as part of ‘Collaborations Between Generations’ by Chisenhale Dance Space.

*Full name: Othella Talmadge Strozier Wydler, and often known as Othella Strozier in dance circles.