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Dixon Theater in NYC to Present Choreography by W&L’s Davies

— by on May 21st, 2015

The historic Dixon Place in New York City will showcase “Two People, Three Voices,” a dance choreographed by Jenefer Davies, as part of the performance “Crossing Boundaries” on May 26 at 7:30 p.m. Davies is associate professor of dance and director of the Dance Program at Washington and Lee University.

Dixon Place provides a space for performing artists to develop new and experimental works of art in front of a live audience. Opportunities for performance are competitive, with established artists submitting a high volume of choreographic work for selection by a panel of experts.

“The dance is a product of three years of experimenting with weight-sharing in new and unusual ways,” explained Davies. “This piece exposes the strength of women through crafted lifts where the dancers share each other’s weight in specially devised sequences. This is then juxtaposed with the marginalization of women, shown through choreographed contortions and warped shapes, which make the two women appear to have one body.”

An early version of Davies’ piece, which was then titled “Veil of Ignorance,” was performed by the W&L Repertory Dance Company at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in 2012. Davies has since revised, reworked and added new sections to the dance for the performance at Dixon Place. In preparation for the concert, Davies is rehearsing with Emily Danzig ’16 and W&L alumni Jennifer Ritter ’13 and Tory Dickerson ’11.

“I am quite honored to have my work chosen to appear in New York City, the heart of contemporary modern dance in this country, and delighted to be able to give W&L dancers the opportunity to perform there,” Davies said.