An Evening with West Virginia Dance Company

This powerful and energetic company brings intimate interpretations of human experience to life through movement and dance. Enjoy several pieces including “Catching Light” – a colorful and rhythmic spectacle inspired by WV artist Ron Hinkle’s glassmaking.

“Catching Light” is one of the new works that will be presented at Festivall Fall. The piece was built upon the visual artistry of Ron Hinkle, a well-known West Virginia glassmaker, and the process and art of glass making as an integral element of the immigrant, economic, and artistic history of West Virginia. The piece incorporates the physicality of the movements of glass artists and the movement of the glass as it was shaped under the improvisational techniques of its creators. Energy, rhythm, color, and shape are the visual highlights of the instantaneous, tenuous, and improvisational nature of glass blowing. The inspiration and choreography of “Catching Light” was created by choreographer Toneta Akers-Toler. Huntington’s Adam Booth used his powerful storytelling and music skills to create sections 1 & 2 with innovative sound, text and music that give a deeper view of the abstract choreographic language. Dr. Richard Grimes, originally from Charleston, composed the instrumental music for the 3rd section. This section was completed at a sound studio near Boston in May with Beckley’s Holden Akers-Toler playing most of the instruments in Dr. Grimes recording. West Virginia Dance Company members, Donald Laney (Producing Artistic Director), Hilary Freeland Jereza, Brittney Fitzgerald Lester, Curtis Johnson, Forrest Hershey and Jena Barton will bring this work alive with their creative and technical skills. Their input was paramount in the final creation of the work.

Historical research influenced the creative artists as their collaboration evolved in the works final creation. Artists observed glass artists at the Blenko Glass Factory and Ron Hinkle's private studio, focusing on their physical movements. Glass art was carefully examined in order to choreograph a dance that reflects their shapes, rhythms, energies, color, and artists' statements. Specific costumes were created from fabric that reflects light and also reflects the abstract analogies between the movement of the bodies and the movement of the glass.

Other original works will also be performed.

Tickets: $15 online, at the door the night of the show, or in advance at Taylor Books at 225 Capitol Street. Discounts available to dance schools coming as groups. Call 304-470-0489.

Made possible by WV Arts Presenters of the WV Commission on the Arts. Sponsored by the University of Charleston.

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

WV Culture Center & State Museum
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E, Charleston, WV 25305

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Young Adult, Family-Friendly, 21+, Seniors


dance, performance, performance art




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