Washington and Lee Presents ‘W&L Dancers Create…’ The W&L Repertory Dance Company will perform ‘W&L Dancers Create…’ Nov. 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. each night.
Washington and Lee University’s award-winning W&L Repertory Dance Company will perform ‘W&L Dancers Create…’ Nov. 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Lenfest Center for the Arts on the W&L campus.
Under the artistic direction of W&L’s Jenefer Davies, professor of dance and theater, the show comprises work choreographed, designed and performed by students, showcasing the diversity and talent within the department. With a broad range of thematic ideas represented, the eclectic nature of the performance offers a spectrum of ideas, designs and movement styles.
Highlights of the show include the culmination of two years of research into bungee-assisted dance by Irina Koleva ’21, Zach Baldridge ’21, Emily Matthews ’21, Kate Fisher ’22 and Tanajia Moye Green ’23, who will explore space using trapeze, silks and rope.
Ashley Shugart ’21 will explore resiliency by blending contemporary modern dance with elements of hip-hop to create a powerful statement on growth through pain. Using contemporary ballet as a medium, Angela Tu ’24 will create a realm of elegance that is introduced gently, but gives way to colorful, dynamic movement as she explores elements of adversity. Marion Boyd ’22 takes an unconventional thematic approach to dance, depicting horror through the lens of movement.
Lighting design students, under the direction of Shawn Paul Evans, professor of theater at W&L, are creating a visual context for each dance performance. The student choreographers and lighting designers collaborated to create an artistic work.
“We are excited to be back performing in person again,” said Davies. “The synergy created between audience and performer is palpable. And although the students learned to be nimble and evolve, employing new types of creativity in performance-making last year, they greatly missed the connection that bodies occupying the same space create.”
Call the Lenfest Center box office today at 540-458-8000 to reserve tickets, or order them online.