Kinetic Light: DESCENT in the Arts@Tech 2019-2020 Performance Series

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Obliterating assumptions of what dance, beauty, and disability can be, this duet takes audiences on a transformative ride. DESCENT reimagines the Rodin sculpture of Greek mythological figures Venus and Andromeda as a love story for two women. Dancers Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson traverse a stage built with hills and curves that acts as a partner in the choreography and storytelling. The duo claim their desire as their wheelchairs fly within inches of the ramp’s edges, moving together and apart in a lushly lit landscape created through breathtaking projections by Michael Maag. DESCENT won Dance Magazine’s 2018 Reader’s Choice award for most moving performance.

The Ferst Center for the Arts is committed to serving patrons with disabilities
and provides an array of services to assist patrons at performances and events. Additional accessibility at DESCENT will include Audimance, an immersive audio/narration made specifically for DESCENT, available to patrons’ mobile devices.


  • Workflow Status:Published
  • Created By:Elizabeth Geiger
  • Created:07/31/2019
  • Modified By:Kristen Bailey
  • Modified:11/22/2019