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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 3/22/04
 
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WORDS MOVED HER – “Words Moved Her,” a dance concert directed by Southeastern Louisiana University professor Greta Sharp, is a highlight of the final week of Southeastern Louisiana University’s celebration of March as Women’s History Month. The free concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., March 30, at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Choreographers are, from front to back, Jessica Lee of Kentwood, Michelle Cudd of Hammond, Ashley Roberts of Slidell and Sharp.
DANCE INSPIRED BY WORDS TO CLOSE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

      HAMMOND -- “Words Moved Her,” a dance concert directed by Southeastern Louisiana University professor Greta Sharp, will crown the final week of the university’s celebration of March as Women’s History Month.
      The free concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
      “The idea for this concert came about because of my love for using spoken word in dance,” said Sharp. “In film and literature, I have always appreciated word play. As I have grown as a choreographer, I have utilized the use of word-imagery for creating movement.”
      Sharp said she partnered with three student choreographers -- Michele Cudd of Hammond, Ashley Roberts of Slidell and Jessica Lee of Kentwood  –  who share her affinity for drawing inspiration from the written word. 
      “Words Moved Her” will include two new works. Sharp said “The Girl Inside,” a group piece, was inspired by Jenny Joseph’s poem, “Warning.”
      “I think most people will recognize it as the poem that begins, ‘When I am an old woman I shall wear purple,’” Sharp said. “The cast includes women of varying ages, but I feel the piece portrays the girl inside us all.” 
      Sharp’s solo, “Ripen,” was inspired by the lyrics of “Give a Man a Home” by Ben Harper. The poem’s words -- “Have you ever worn thin . . . watching your faith turn to grief” – “touched me the first time I heard it and speaks to mankind as a whole,” Sharp said.
      In addition to “Words Moved Her,” the final week of the Southeastern Women’s Coalition’s Women’s History Month celebration will include a reprise performance of “The Vagina Monologues” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 27 in Vonnie Borden Theatre, and two lectures by Southeastern history professors.
      Tickets for “The Vagina Monologues” are $15 single ticket and $25 couples. 
      On March 30, history professor Judith Fai-Podlipnik will speak on “Patriots and Partisans: Women in the Resistance during the Holocaust.” Her colleague Andrew Traver’s topic on Wednesday, March 31 is “Did Women have a Renaissance in the Twelfth Century?”
      Both lectures are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in Sims Memorial Library. 
       The observance of Women's History Month is sponsored by the Southeastern Women's Coalition, the College of Arts and Sciences, the department of English, and the department of history and political science. For additional information, call 985-549-2330 or visit www.selu.edu/news/whm04.