WV Dance Company to perform at WVWC


BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Dance Company will be performing at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.  

For its 43rd season, WVDC will introduce the theme “Love of Power vs. Power of Love” to Buckhannon, WV. According to a press release, the theme is to “explore the choice between exerting power over others or acting out of love. The piece unmasks the divisiveness, isolation and intolerance that involves the misuse of power, and reveals the power of love to heal, unite and remind us of our shared humanity.” The concert includes two acts based on two artists’ perceptions of the theme. 

The first act, “Collective Transparency,” choreographed by Toneta Akers-Toler, and, according to a press release, features “scenes of hegemonic oppression impacting personal and collective identity. The work will portray how identity, including our ability to embrace the masculinity or femininity that exists in all of us, is influenced by power structures and will show individuals and groups coming to embrace their marginalized identities as an act of resistance but also moving forward through love to a more unified community. Spoken text will include the voice of West Virginia’s Storyteller Adam Booth. The music compositions will include West Virginia natives Dr. Richard Grimes, Lady D (Doris Fields), and studio recording by Dan Bailey. Light design will be by Troy Snyder.” 

There will be an intermission, then the second act will follow. Act II, “Episodes of Reality,” will close the concert with Donald Laney’s perception. According to a press release, this perception “portrays a range of power dynamics at an interpersonal level revealing the possibilities of love, connection and acceptance versus dominance, hatred, and rejection. The dance will feature electronic music as well as original percussion by WV composer Mark Davis.”

Performers include Forrest Hershey, Rebecca Johanson, Donald Laney, Brittney Fitzgerald Lester, Miranda Nichols and Alyssa Orrico. 

According to their website, “In 1977, West Virginia Dance Company was founded with the distinct purpose of enriching lives through dance. Today, the company continues to perform a unique repertory of modern works inspired by the diverse cultures and people of the world, including those of our home region of Appalachia.” The company is a not-for-profit organization, funded by donations from individuals, corporations, community foundations, and the state of West Virginia.

In addition to the Tuesday concert, the West Virginia Dance Company will tour Upshur County with their educational performance, “Adventures Around the Big Blue Marble” in Upshur County schools.

“Love of Power vs. Power of Love” concert will start at 7:30 p.m. on December 3. For more detailed information about WV Dance Company and its programs, visit WVDanceCo.com. 

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