Trina Parks, the first black female James Bond villain, is joining the cast and creative team of Eartha Kitt C’est Si Bon. Trina is known as Thumper in Diamonds Are Forever, where she famously beats the living daylights out of Sean Connery. She will appear in Eartha Kitt C’est Si Bon, and has joined the creative team in the dual role of Choreographer and Katherine Dunham consultant.
Eartha Kitt’s 60+ year long career includes Catwoman in the 1960s Batman TV series, and both the voice and inspiration for Yzma in Disney’s Emperor’s New Groove franchise. Eartha got her professional training under the direct tutelage of Katherine Dunham. Katherine Dunham is famous for her Dunham technique, a method of dance still taught today. She toured North America and the world for over two decades with her Katherine Dunham dance troupe. She is famous for bringing African-inspired dance to international audiences. Katherine Dunham’s mission, in part, was to build bridges among different peoples, using her chosen art form of dance. She passed away in 2006.
Like Eartha Kitt, Trina Parks trained directly under Katherine Dunham. Like Eartha and Katherine, Trina Parks is an icon of inspiration to people around the world, especially to black women, due in part to her pioneering roles. Trina’s choreography credits include The Wiz and the Golden Globes. Today she teaches Dunham Technique, and is one of the foremost authorities on Katherine Dunham. Trina also worked with Eartha Kitt.
“Katherine Dunham taught Eartha Kitt to dance, of course,” says director Shadow Dragu-Mihai. “But she also relayed important principles of personal responsibility and ethics which Eartha articulated all of her life. One can easily say, no Katherine Dunham, no Eartha Kitt. So we need to get Katherine right. Trina Parks worked directly with Katherine Dunham and she is an invaluable addition to our team and to our cast.”
Trina Parks joins Star Trek Voyager’s Robert Beltran as Orson Welles, and Kenan’s Dani Lane as Eartha Mae – the young Eartha Kitt. Other cast and team members will be announced throughout the fall. Production has not said who has the title role. “Everyone wants to know who is playing Eartha Kitt. When we announce the truly talented woman who plays her, people will be intrigued, and they will end up being very happy.” Eartha Kitt C’est Si Bon is set to release in May, 2023.
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