Malloy and dancers made midsummer’s night magic

On a Friday night this summer at Diana Wortham Theatre when Terpsicorps took the stage, I remembered why I moved to Asheville!

Asheville is blessed to have a great venue and a visionary such as Heather Malloy at the helm of Terpsicorps—a dance series that brings emerging and key dance talent to the area (during a season in which most dancers are unemployed) for shows that leave theater-goers in awe and wanting more.

From traditional scores to pieces choreographed to a live recreation of Violent Femmes tunes, Malloy infused the city this summer with an experience truly “Asheville.”

Malloy’s use of music by Godspeed You! Black Emperor to tell the story of Hurricane Katrina, as well as her choreography and tasteful multi-media use of select images from the historic event and its aftermath, created a powerhouse performance that moved many audience members to tears. Only a true artist can show an audience horror and end the night with cheers and laughter—and that’s exactly what she did.

Thank you, Ms. Malloy, dancers and Diana Wortham Theatre for reminding me why I moved to Asheville: to participate in a community with diverse talent, made possible by visionaries who use healthy and balanced doses of tradition, experimentation, respect for the performers and their audience, and hope.

— Julie Ann Moser

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