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Theatre Sewanee presents DanceWise: Point of Departure

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 6:17 pm

01-10-14 Dance - SewaneeTheatre Sewanee presents DanceWise: Point of Departure, Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 29-31. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Williams Center on the University of the South campus.

Under the artistic direction of Courtney World, visiting assistant professor of dance, DanceWise takes dance at Sewanee in a new direction. This 60-minute concert will showcase the talent of three emerging student choreographers, Elizabeth Beilharz, Josie Guevara-Torres and Clara Guyton, side by side with choreography and performances by World, including a solo tap dance. Collaborations include a dance for camera conceived with filmmaker Catalina Jordan Alvarez, and a duet with guest artist and co-choreographer Heather Acomb. Admission is free, but seating is limited. To reserve tickets, e-mail

Highlights include:

  • “Not One Thing,” choreographed by Courtney World, is inspired by drawings and symbolism from Ensō Zen Circles of Enlightenment by Audrey Yoshiko Seo. Danced by Virginia Flowers, Clara Guyton, Noni Hill, Elizabeth Layman, and Fridien Tchoukou.
  • “Harmonic Inspiration” choreographed by Derick Grant, is a lively solo tap dance arranged and performed by Courtney World. An intriguing blend of traditional rhythm jazz tap performed to the classical music of Antonio Vivaldi.
  • Heather Acomb, independent dance artist and former dancer with Bill Evans Dance Company, will perform in the premiere of an original collaboratively choreographed duet with Courtney World.
  • A new dance for camera, collaboratively conceived by Catalina Jordan Alvarez and Courtney World, is visual dance narrative of community, life, death, and transformation, featuring Vivien Kis, Charlotte LaNasa, Hilary Smith, Kathryn Snyder, and Tia Strickland.
  • Lighting and set design are by Dan Backland, costumes by Josie Guevara-Torres, Ruth Guerra and Jennifer Matthews, and technical direction by John Marshall, assisted by Samantha Gribben.

Sewanee: The University of the South, familiarly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally recognized College of Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. Located on 13,000 acres in Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee enrolls 1,600 undergraduates and approximately 100 seminarians. For more information about Sewanee: The University of the South, visit

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