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Theatre Sewanee presents DanceWise: Intersections this weekend

Posted on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 2:51 pm

Sewanee, Tenn.Under the artistic direction of Courtney World, Theatre Sewanee produces the fifth annual performance of DanceWise. This dance concert will feature performances by 11 Sewanee students, as well as choreographic premieres by Courtney World, assistant professor of dance, and student choreographers Alyssa Holley, C’18, Danielle Silfies, C’19, and Robin Kate Davis, C’21.

            Performances will be given on the University of the South campus Friday through Sunday, Dec. 7-10, at the Tennessee Williams Center’s Proctor Hill Theatre, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reservations are available at:

Student dancers will perform Fawning, choreographed by guest artist Banning Bouldin, artistic director of Nashville-based New Dialect, and World will perform the duet Shifting, with guest choreographer and performer Daniel Gwirtzman, artistic director of New York City-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company.

            DanceWise: Intersections is a performance of dances that relate to the broad notion of intersection between bodies, spaces, ideas, forces, time, or other elements.

About the guest artists:

Banning Bouldin is a Nashville native who received her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School. She has worked internationally with some of her field’s most renowned companies, dancers, and choreographers: The Cullberg Ballet of Sweden, Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Hubbard Street 2, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Ekman, Buglisi/Foreman Dance, Wen Wei Wang, and others.

            In 2007 she joined Rumpus Room Dance, based in Portland, Oregon, and Goteborg, Sweden, where she had the opportunity to co-create and perform multiple site-specific dance works. She and her Rumpus Room colleagues were nominated one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2010.

            In 2012 Bouldin founded New Dialect, responding to Nashville’s need for a contemporary dance company that would allow dancers, teaching artists, choreographers, and audiences the opportunity to explore the wide variety of groundbreaking movement vocabularies that exist in the world of 21st-century dance. In 2014, New Dialect was named Nashville’s Best New Dance Company and Bouldin herself was honored with the Tennessee Dance Association’s Margaret Martin Award for her outstanding contributions to further the public image and accessibility of dance in Tennessee.

Daniel Gwirtzman directs, choreographs, and dances for the New York-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, a nonprofit performing and teaching organization. Since 1995 his work has received critical acclaim. Known for its entertaining flair, stylistic diversity, musicality, innovation, and accessibility, his choreography has been performed at venues throughout the country and abroad. As a dancer he has been described as a willowy John Travolta, sensual, playful, a rag doll, unusually supple, and one who moves like the wind.

He has toured nationally and internationally with Garth Fagan Dance and the Mark Morris Dance Group, among other companies and has been a guest choreographer at numerous institutions. Gwirtzman helped to develop the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, the NYC arts curriculum. He holds a BFA from the University of Michigan, and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.