West Virginia Dance Company, the state’s only professional touring dance company, will perform award-winning choreographer Doug Varone’s “The Bottomland,” presented by the West Virginia University School of Theatre & Dance, at The Metropolitan Theatre in downtown Morgantown on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

“The Bottomland,” choreographed by nationally acclaimed director, choreographer, and dance advocate Doug Varone, is a highly imaginative piece that celebrates Appalachian heritage. “The Bottomland” parallels the lives of many West Virginians and uses movement and the music of Patty Loveless to tell a touching and thought-provoking story of loneliness, isolation, comfort and community.

The work of Doug Varone has been celebrated in many different arenas, including opera, television, film, theater, and fashion. His New York-based company, Doug Varone and Dancers, is in its 25th year and is the recipient of eleven New York Dance and Performance Awards (Bessies).

The West Virginia Dance Company was commissioned in 1977 under the name Appalachian Dance and Music Ensemble by the West Virginia Arts and Humanities Council, and was renamed in 1996. The company has continually enriched the region by offering public, corporate, and collegiate audiences educational opportunities through workshops, residencies, and lectures.

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens, and $10 for students.

Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com, the CAC or Mountainlair Box Offices, or by calling 304-293-SHOW.

For more information on this production of “The Bottomland ” please visit http://theatre.wvu.edu, call 304-293-2020, or email theatre@mail.wvu.edu.

Stephanie Freeman/1-15-13



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