Sanspointe to present ‘Movement Essays’

Sanspointe. Photo by Clark Scott.

Sanspointe Dance Company will present a series of short dance works during “Movement Essays” at The Dance Foundation, Nov. 11-12. Choreography is by Artistic Director Anna Foshee, Assistant Artistic Director Sara Wallace, company member Meredith Cox and guest choreographer Allison Gupton.

“’Movement Essays’ is a collection of works inspired by specific moments in the choreographers’ lives,” Foshee says. “The entire show runs a bit differently than a normal dance concert. The pieces are shorter in length but specific in story — thus the whole idea behind movement essays, the pieces are brief and to the point like an essay.”

For the program, Foshee created “Nine,” a solo which will be performed by Cox, who is seven months pregnant. Foshee, who danced through both of her own pregnancies and understands the challenges of it, says she knew she wanted to create a work for Cox as soon as she announced her pregnancy. The piece will be performed to “Branch” by Keith Kenniff.

Anna Foshee and Sara Wallace. Photo by Clark Scott.

Foshee also collaborated with Wallace to choreograph “Anthology” which depicts the human lifespan from infancy to later years. The work will be performed to music by dné, Jad Abumrad, Zongamin and original compositions by Sanspointe music director Justin Wallace and guest musician Tyler Smoot.

Gupton’s “Dreamer on the Run” was inspired by a turning point she experienced in the eighth grade. “I was at a crossroads,” she explains. “I could go to the ‘normal’ high school or pursue my dreams at a performing arts high school. This piece is about choosing my inner dreamer’s path. It is part of a larger piece in my head — a dream I hope to see realized soon.”

Cox’s “A Funny Situation” is set to Chet Baker’s “My Funny Valentine” and “That Old Feeling.”

“Movement Essays” will include a music interlude by Wallace and Smoot.

‘Movement Essays’

The Dance Foundation, 1715 27th Court S., Homewood 35209
Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.
Nov. 12 at 4 p.m.
Tickets: $12. Purchase here.

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