HANCEVILLE — Samford University’s Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center has announced the 2013-14 programming for the newly named “Signature Series.” University officials describe this series as “an exciting blend of performing arts.”
The year’s schedule is highlighted by performances featuring Tony Award winning dancer and choreographer Savion Glover, Grammy Award winning musician Bèla Fleck and an Off-Broadway touring production of “Ring of Fire.”
According to Sean Wright, Samford’s director of venue management, the change in names is reflective of the vision of the Fine Arts Center. “We have begun to establish the Wright Center as a true home for the arts in Birmingham. As the only location in the city where you can see professional companies doing world-class theatre, ballet, opera, modern dance, jazz and classical music, we have become the home for the performing arts, “ Wright said“Our ‘signature’ has become providing high quality work in a convenient and comfortable environment. That is reflected in our ‘Signature Series’.
“This year, we are trying to encourage people to ‘Try it out.’ The programs have been divided into three ‘genre’ series of three shows each, as well as our ‘Experience’ genre which defy categorization. Within each genre we have well-known artists as well as artists who are exceptionally talented but are maybe not household names yet. We have tried to program and price in such a way as to make it easy for people to take a chance on an artist they may not know but that they will come to love.”
The series begins with the two “Experience” performances. Each of these groups blend dancers, musicians, actors, athletes into a creative expression that crosses all genres, Wright said
Diavolo Dance Theatre will open the series on Oc. 1. This modern acrobatic dance company utilizes oversized surrealistic sets and everyday structures to create innovative movement that combines the best of dance, theatre, and daring acrobatics.
Movement Workshop Group, performing on Oct. 28, focuses on telling stories through live music, movement, and theatre. The Brooklyn-based company will be premiering a new work called “Racine D’Or”, which includes live music and local dancers to tell a story inspired by the Louisiana Gulf Coast.