GO! Contemporary Dance Works is a Sponsor of Family Friendly Knoxville.
Dance has a language all its own, a language which speaks to the soul. GO! Contemporary Dance Works speaks to all audiences, no matter what their tastes, as the company’s performances are a fusion of ballet, modern dance, ethnic dance and aerial arts.
GO!, a local nonprofit contemporary dance company comprised of 25 local youths aged 12 to 21, began in 2002 under the direction of artistic director Lisa Hall McKee. This dance company has provided more than 200 young local dancers with an outlet for performance and artistic expression. These dancers also receive professional-level training from some of the greatest dancers nationwide.
But, GO! Contemporary Dance Works isn’t just about performance for its own sake. The company was founded with a heart for the community. The company has performed for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in its educational outreach programs, and as guest artists for the KSO’s Clayton Holiday Concerts and the Knoxville Opera Company’s Rossini Festival. Each summer, GO! hosts The Lighthouse, an afterschool program for Austin Homes as students there learn dance with a message.
GO! is not for the average dance audience.
“All productions are original and thought-provoking works for our audience, and usually more risk- taking when it comes to dance. We keep upping our caliber because our audience keeps upping their expectations,” McKee explains. “Last February’s ‘Unsung Heroes, the Women of WWII,’ was met with accolades from the community.”
GO! will present both new and revisited works in “Full Spectrum,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 12th, and 3 p.m. Sunday, October 13th, at the Clarence Brown Theatre. GO! will revisit “Angst,” a striking heavy metal ballet of Metallica music which pits good against evil while pushing the physical limitation of both ballet and modern dance. Audiences can look forward to a fascinating performance of lighthearted humor, aerial dance with silks and edgy choreography mixed with a high degree of artistic excellence. The production is appropriate for all ages.
GO! is proud to participate in the Penny 4 Arts program. For the Sunday, October 13th ,
3 p.m. matinee, GO! will offer a limited number of children’s tickets for one cent if purchased with an adult ticket.
McKee says, “We want to encourage all age groups to attend theater, and a great place
the to start is with this performance.”
This performance is sponsored in part by Pilot Corporation, Tennessee Arts Commission and WUOT 91.9FM.
Ticket prices are $16 for adults and $12 for children, students and seniors if bought in advance and $18/$14 if purchased at the door. Tickets for the performance may be purchased by calling 539-2475, online at www.gocontemporarydance.com or in person at the theatre on the day of the performance.