'Like a turtle without a shell, or crow's feet' to be performed Sept. 21 at Luther College

"Like a turtle without a shell, or crow's feet," a collaborative dance performance, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 in Studio II of the Center for the Arts on the Luther College campus. 

The visual and performing arts department will present the AGA Collaborative performance followed by a discussion with the artists. 

The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

"Like a turtle without a shell, or crow's feet" is an innovative dance work that takes on the sometimes serious, frequently funny and always universal experience of bodies and psyches in pain. An approximately 35-minute piece for three performers/creators, Gretchen Alterowitz, Alison Bory and Amanda Hamp, the work ruminates on the sensations of the body as it deteriorates, reinvigorates and reimagines its own possibilities. 

Explored through both vigorous dancing and quiet contemplation, the piece layers individual and communal histories of hurting, to attempt to create a space for healing within the confines of the stage. Throughout, audiences will be provoked to examine their own relationships to pain and the passing of time, ideas about the body's capacities and endurance, and how we all might find grace and empathy when faced with adversity.

AGA Collaborative is a trio of dance artists-scholars who collaborate to create experimental research and performance. Members include Hamp, assistant professor of dance at Luther, Alterowitz, assistant professor in the department of dance at UNC Charlotte and Bory, assistant professor of dance at Davidson College.

A two-week choreographic residency, which took place at UNC Charlotte in July, and Bory's and Alterowitz's visit to Luther are supported by Luther's Lecture and Fine Arts Committee and an H. George and Jutta F. Anderson Award.

"Like a turtle without a shell, or crow's feet" will perform Sept. 21