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W&M’s Orchesis Modern Dance Company to Debut First Mainstage Dance Performance Since 2019

Orchesis Modern Dance Company will debut original student choreography at the Kimball Theatre March 31-April 1. (WYDaily/Nancy Sheppard)

WILLIAMSBURG — William & Mary (W&M)’s Orchesis Modern Dance Company will return to the stage for the first time in three years with “An Evening of Dance.”

“An Evening of Dance” will premiere at the Kimball Theatre, 428 W Duke of Gloucester St., March 31-April 1.

Orchesis Modern Dance Company, which is part of W&M’s Department of Theatre, Speech, and Dance, will debut original student choreography in the first mainstage dance performance since 2019.

Performances include “Get a Clue,” based off the board game and movie. Choreographed by Emma Winikow, “Get a Clue” features dancers Rithika Ashok, Allison Foley, Brianna Howell, Josie Massenet, Addy Normann, Holly Stefanick and Kami Vigilant.

“Medusa’s Garden” follows the morning after Medusa’s defeat as the statues of her victims return to life. Choreographed by Addy Normann, the piece features dancers Taiana James, Audrey Murcko, Cassidy Palomares.

“Sleep Cycles” follows four neurons dance through the stages of sleep. Dancers are Kate Bender, Julia Grabo, Cameron Lynch, Christina MacInnes, with choreograpahy by Alex McOsker.

“New Old-Fashioned,” which gives the audience something to think about, features dancers Amanda Gill, Alex McOsker, Laney Thompson, Emma Jackson and Kami Vigilant.

“Us Who Are About to Die” tells the story of Ancient Roman gladiators and features dancers Josie Massanet, Julia Mitchell, Addy Normann, Holly Stefanick, with choreography by Cassidy Palomares.

“Fibonacci” explores the visual aspects of the Fibonacci sequence through the use of formations, movements, and dynamics. Choreographed by Holly Stefanick, the piece features dancers Rithika Ashok, Grace Cogley, Allison Foley, Laney Thompson, Amy Wolgin.

“Movement of Overcoming” explores the dynamic between fear and those it controls. Choreographed by Christina MacInnes and Emma Jackson, the dance features Brianna Howell, Cameron Lynch, Emma Winikow, Julia Mitchell, Katerina Viyella, Taly Leibowitz.

Finally, “transmutation of pain into art and community” follows the choreographer, Taiana “TT” James’, artistic, academic and personal journey through her four years at W&M, beginning as a solo and becoming a group piece. The piece features dancers Rithika Ashok, Kate Bender, Grace Cogley, Allison Foley, Amanda Gill, Julia Grabo, Brianna Howell, Emma Jackson, Taiana James, Taly Leibowitz, Cameron Lynch, Christina MacInnes, Josie Massenet, Alex McOsker, Julia Mitchell, Audrey Murcko, Addy Normann, Cassidy Palomares, Holly Stefanick, Laney Thompson, Kami Vigilant, Katerina Viyella, Emma Winikow, Amy Wolgin.

The performance runs March 31-April 1, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $7 for students and $15 adults.

To purchase tickets, visit here or visit the Kimball Box Office.

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