Jehanne… The Story of Joan of Arc
“One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it.” – Joan of Arc
On February 23rd & 24th, GO! Contemporary Dance Works will present Jehanne… the Story of Joan of Arc, a full length contemporary ballet, at the Bijou Theatre. A large creative effort with more than 60 dancers, five choreographers, and an expansive creative team, this one-of-a-kind ballet will capture the intensity, conflict, and resolve of this medieval teenager who was both a maiden and a warrior during a time of spiritual and political upheaval.
Jehanne, which is the 15th century spelling of Joan, was scripted by Artistic Director, Lisa Hall McKee, to chronicle Joan’s life in a visual labyrinth of the medieval time period. McKee has contrasted haunting moments such as her visions, trial, and death with elaborate, ornate, and lively scenes such as the banquet hall where she meets Charles VII.
“I designed the performance so all age groups could attend,” said McKee. “The portrayal of her death will be abstract, and the final scene will be directed to joy and hope in celebration of her life. It is an elaborate display of the medieval time period contrasted by stark, emotional, and empowering moments. Professional Harper Addison dances the role of Joan with incredible artistry and sensitivity. Strong, yet vulnerable. She is mesmerizing as Joan.”
Show times for this inspiring and inspiriting ballet are Saturday, February 23, at 2 and 7:30 pm and Sunday, February 24, at 3 pm. Ticket prices range from $17 to $27. Pre-show Medieval Banquets will be held prior to the Saturday evening and Sunday matinee performances and include a sweet and savory feast with live medieval entertainment and an opportunity to meet Joan and the cast.
GO! is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tickets may be purchased by calling 865-539-2475 or online at www.gocontemporarydance.com.
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