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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
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
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.