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Dancers Celebrate and Complement Two Campus Events

Leah Glenn performs her new work commissioned for the exhibition, titled Youngest of Nine.Members of the Leah Glenn Dance Theatre — primarily W&M alumni, professional dancers, and current upper-level students — seek to "cultivate a greater understanding of the world through thought-provoking dance works that entertain, inspire, and challenge."

In March the dancers gathered in Williamsburg to celebrate and complement two campus events: an exhibition titled "Communal Resurrection: The Art of Steve Prince," and poet and historian Nikki Giovanni's keynote address at the annual symposium of the W&M Lemon Project. The dancers' participation was funded in part by the Arts & Sciences Annual Fund.

Professor Glenn serves as artistic director for the group and notes, "The exchange that occurs between generations and levels of ability continues to provide a rich atmosphere in which I am able to create thought-provoking work."

To accompany his exhibition lecture, artist Steve Prince requested a performance of Glenn's recent work Youngest of Nine; and he commissioned a new work to complement the art shown in Andrews Hall, Communal Resurrection. Prince also led the summer 2017 course "Workshop on Black Expressive Culture" that created the commemorative mural now displayed in Swem Library. 

Dancers Olivia Armstrong '14, Kayla Moore '13, and Arisa Smith '17 perform at the Lemon Project symposium.At the Lemon Project symposium, the dancers performed Stifled, Sorrowed … Sustained. The dance was choreographed by Glenn as a reflection on three poems written by Nikki Giovanni and was premiered at the group's New York concert in May 2017.