Thursday, August 4th and Saturday, August 6th, SIDESHOW Fringe Festival presents Blue Moves’ “Illuminated Beings: Dance for Social Justice”, at Belmont’s Black Box Theater. The show features two dances and a short film by Blue Moves, as well as a dance and spoken word piece by Ann Law of Barking Legs Theater in Chattanooga, and a performance by Nashville based poet, Joseph Powell.
Blue Moves is a democratically-run contemporary dance company which has been creating theme-based performances for nearly three decades. Most shows feature several choreographers creating works inspired by a common theme such as fire (Burning Blue) or earth (Blue Terra). However, the Blue Moves works on “Illuminated Beings” are all by social justice choreographer and company co-founder, Amanda Cantrell Roche.
“We’re very excited about working with Ann Law again, after premiering a similar show in Chattanooga,” says Cantrell Roche. “Ann’s work as a community organizer and pioneer in the Chattanooga Dance Community is a wonderful fit with Blue Moves’ tradition of shows that create a sense of community, and often a call to action.”
The three Blue Moves works on the program are “Freedom from Fear”, “Divine Sparks” and a work-in-progress short film about Islam. They speak to different causes; prisoners of conscience, building bridges with the Muslim community, and activists who also recognize the light in every person to work towards a better community. A reading commissioned by Blue Moves from writer Jenn Couture sets the tone for “Divine Sparks”: “The world is not whole without each of us awakening the divine spark that we are. Every time we come together to support each other in expressing truth and beauty in the world, we are creating a community of illumination that nurtures all of us.”
“We are passionate about engaging the audience not just as viewers, but as an intentional community in which each person is honored” says Cantrell Roche. “Every person attending this performance will leave with a token to remind them of their own inner light, and that this spark of goodness and compassion can be used to make our community and our world a better place.”
Also on the program is Ann Law’s “From the Gut,” a dance and spoken word piece that explores one woman’s journey through pregnancy and multiple abortions, and “Intifada: (for the family of Michael Brown, Jr. and the people of Ferguson, MO)” by poet Joseph Powell. Thursday night’s performance will feature a talk back and opportunity to engage with Nashville activists and organizations featured in “Divine Sparks”.
Performances are Thursday, August 4th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 6th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at www.tinyurl.com/fringe2016. THIS SHOW CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE and may not be suitable for children.