Stories to Remember About Women in Virginia Features History of Women’s Life through Dance


Published: February 28, 2007

Stories to Remember About Women in Virginia Features History of Women’s Life through DanceIn celebration of the founding of Jamestown in 1607 and of Women’s History Month, Thomas Nelson Community College presents Stories to Remember About Women in Virginia on Friday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium on the Hampton campus. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is performed by the Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theatre (KHGDT) and explores stories from 400 years of Virginia and American history. This program is currently touring across Virginia as part of the State’s 400th anniversary.

Stories to Remember About Women in Virginia dips into history from the settlement of Jamestown in 1607 to present and includes dances recounting the life of women who were born or worked in the state of Virginia. The program opens with a work based on the court dances of France, Spain and Italy that crossed the Atlantic with the first settlers and continued to influence the New World culture and style for years to come. The program then turns to the legends of Pocahontas and First Lady Martha Washington. Slavery and the Civil War are also explored with Spirituals showing the importance of song for the slaves in the south and Battleground depicting Annabella Jenkins of Richmond and the women who took command at home while their men were on the battlefield.

For the 20th century, Women Win the Vote shows the hardships endured by the suffragettes who worked for the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The program closes with dances to songs by Winchester, Virginia’s own Patsy Cline and Newport News native Ella Fitzgerald, whose voices continue to resound in 2007.

“I wanted to share Virginia’s rich history with everyone in its anniversary year,” said Kathy Harty Gray, choreographer. “My work has always featured stories about America and its vibrant immigrant culture. I invite you to celebrate Virginia’s history and the profound influence fellow Virginians have had on out nation.”

KHGDT is a 28-year-old professional dance company based in Alexandria. Focused on classic American modern dance, the company uses a lyric style to tell the stories of people and the dramas of their lives. Called “… educational, elegant and refreshing” by the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier, the company delight audiences with its musicality and focus on history. Find out more at www.khgdt.org.

For additional information, please contact Victoria Mathis at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium at 825-2779.

Note to Editors:
Additional photos for Stories to Remember About Women in Virginia by Kevin Mattingly are available electronically. Program by Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theatre – 703-413-3811

Stories to Remember About Women in Virginia Features History of Women’s Life through Dance Stories to Remember About Women in Virginia Features History of Women’s Life through Dance



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