Wideman Davis Dance Prepares Performances in Selma

From the West Alabama Newsroom–

A nationally renowned dance troupe is gearing up for two performances this week in Selma.

The Wideman Davis Dance Troupe performs at Selma University — at 7:30 Thursday night first. Then — out in front of historic Good Samaritan Hospital — at 7:30 Saturday night.

Organizers say the troupe has spent months — preparing for the two performances.

Wal Dancepre1010 Mini“It’s a different kind of performance. It’s meant to bring the community in and experience it with the performers,” said Rosemary Johnson.

“There are connections that you feel between the performers and the audience.”

Both performances are site-specific — outdoor performances at architectural sites — that center on Black life during the Civil Rights Movement. They feature elements of dance and theater — in addition to video clips — and interviews.

“They’ve really immersed themselves in the Selma community in order to tell the Selma story. And not what someone else thinks the Selma story is,” said Johnson.

Sponsors for the performances include — the Alabama Dance Council — the Alabama State Council on the Arts — and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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