MDPL 2013

Modern Dance Primitive Light 2013

Circle Modern Dance Presents

Modern Dance Primitive Light 2013


Thursday December 19th @ 8pm

Friday December 20th @ 7pm & 9pm (Choreographer’s Panel to follow 9PM show)

Saturday December 21st @ 7pm & 9pm

Tickets available through for $8.50 and $13 or at the door for $10 and $15


at The Laurel Theatre

1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN

Bring a pillow as seating is limited


Circle Modern Dance is proud to present its 23rd annual production of “Modern Dance Primitive Light” where you can experience exciting new contemporary dance works accompanied by live music set the backdrop of the gorgeous stained glass windows of the Historic Laurel Theater. This year will feature choreography from Danah Bella of danahabella DanceWorks, and a special appearance by Go! Contemporary Dance Works as well as offerings from Circle Core Members and artists from the local community.


Our company members have had the incredible opportunity to work with renowned guest artist, Danah Bella, a professor of dance at Radford University whose work has been presented throughout the United States. “Poco a pop se anda lejos” is somber, raw, and strangely alluring, drawing us in with its subtle textures and expressive athleticism. Set to music of Maurice Ravel, this piece showcases the raw talent of a strong cast of dancers.


Circle is happy to welcome back Angela Hill who originally joined the company in 1995 under the founding directors and has just returned from nearly 7 years in Sydney, Australia. Her piece “Overview Effect” is a joyful and yet introspective reflection on a long journey.


Several Circle Core Members will be presenting pieces including Sarah Whitaker and former Go! dancers, Laura Burgamy and Darby O’Connor. MDPL 2013 Director Amanda Merriss will show a new work to an original composition by local songwriter Greg Horne. Rounding out the offerings for this year include artists from the community including Wendy Caldwell, newcomer, Lauren Wilson Phillis and engineer/choreographer, Jun Liu who will again bring his signature flavor of traditional Chinese and modern dance fusion.


As always, MDPL is a cozy and delightful event that has something for everyone including the incredible house band made up of some of Knoxville’s finest musicians including Mike Murphy, Preston Davis and Core Member/Musical Director Nate Barrett.


MDPL is an all ages show and is a participant in the Penny 4 Arts program. Circle Modern Dance would like to thank the Tennessee Arts Commission and WUOT for their financial support.

Founded in 1990 as a platform for area choreographers to showcase their work, Circle Modern Dance believes that “everyone is a dancer, and everybody has the right to dance”.

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