New Territories: Dancing to Figure Out Lupus?

By Regan Black

In Knoxville the dance community is not very well known; then again, neither are many of the other fine arts. Fine arts is always something that has been undercredited and under-appreciated. Although many people may not know it and despite the lack of support in the dance community, there is a non-profit dance company called Go! Contemporary Dance Works located in Knoxville. On average Go! performs approximately 10 shows per year, including a collaborated work with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Go! is also a member of Penny4Arts which means the matinee performance allows children to see the show with a paying adult for a single penny. For the upcoming show, Go! has teamed up with the Lupus Foundation of America and 10% of ticket proceeds will benefit the foundation. Go! Will be selling Lupus Org. bracelets and even performing a piece about Lupus. As a member, I’m biased, yet the upcoming show will be truly amazing.

New Territories is a two act show with several different pieces and concepts. With a 55 member cast, this show is uniquely diverse including very contrasting pieces in choreography and in the concepts. The show includes a handful of re-sets such as: Winnow, a heartfelt piece about a girls religious journey; Silent Cinema, a comedic contemporary piece based off of silent films; and two others. As well as re-sets the show includes numerous brand-new works including: Timeslip, a very comedic contemporary ballet piece; Benefit of the Doubt, a light piece about the belief of not knowing is completely fine; and the company’s 30 minute ballet: Walls Between Breaths.

Walls Between Breaths is an intense, heavy, 30 minute piece about the struggles of a person with the mysterious disease: Lupus. Currently, Lupus is one of the most underfunded researched diseases that affects at least 5 million people around the world, and over 1.5 million cases in America. An astonishing 90% of those victims are women, especially women of color. The symptoms of the disease range far and wide from: Raynaud's (discoloration of the hands due to lack of oxygen), butterfly rash, joint pain, difficulty breathing, and many more. The artistic director’s sister, Kristy, has suffered with Lupus for over 25 years, and is the inspiration for this intense work of art. Walls Between Breaths is the closer for the show, and is sure to make anyone understand the emotions of a Lupus survivor.

New Territories will be performed October 6th, with a matinee show at 2 pm along with an 8 pm performance at the Clarence Brown Theatre. Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens. Please come out and support Go! in their 2018-2019 season.