The University of the South Department of Theatre and Dance produces the sixth annual performance of DanceWise under the artistic direction of Courtney World. Performances of “DanceWise: Body and Soul” will be given at the Tennessee Williams Center’s Proctor Hill Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1; at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2; and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 3. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Ticket reservations at <Eventbrite.com>.
This dance concert will feature performances by 19 Sewanee students, as well as choreographic premieres by Courtney World, assistant professor of dance, and student choreographers Robin Kate Davis, Julianna Morgan, Ashlin Ondrusek and Danielle Silfies. Student dancers will perform the premiere of Flightless, choreographed by guest artist Jenny Showalter, artistic director of New York City-based company Treeline DanceWorks, and World will perform a solo version of “Tintal” (1972), a seminal work by distinguished choreographer Bill Evans.
“DanceWise: Body and Soul” includes a variety of dance styles that celebrate humanity–body and soul–through movement. This year’s concert theme draws inspiration from the jazz standard “Body and Soul” by Johnny Green, and appropriately contains several jazzy numbers, including a reprise of dances from the department’s fall production of Cabaret.
Student dancers are Darja Bienenson, Taela Bland, Annie Corley, Caroline Gurek, Robin Kate Davis, Margaret Deane, Paige Greenberg, Karen Guevara, Victoria King, Isabella Klitzke, Julianna Morgan, Cameron Noel, Ashlin Ondrusek, Julia Peacock, Danielle Silfies, Julia Thompson and Seriah Wyatt. Students including Bram Atkins and Sarah Mixon will make special musical appearances.
Costume design by Jennifer Matthews, professor of theatre, and student designers Danielle Silfies, Kate Schumaker and Suzanna Yancey. Lighting design by Krystal Fowler, C’19.