University of South Carolina

Katrina inspires ‘Based on Images’ performance

A pair of visiting faculty artists at the University of South Carolina will present an original interpretative work for dance and theater May 27 – 28 that is inspired by national media images of Hurricane Katrina.

Choreographed by Thaddeus Davis and Tanya Wideman-Davis, “Based on Images” will take place at 7 p.m. in Drayton Hall Theatre. The Wideman/Davis Dance Company will perform the Katrina-inspired work as well as an additional piece to the music of Etta James and James Brown.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and $7 for children ages 12 and younger. Advance tickets are available through the Carolina Coliseum box office, via phone at 803-777-5112, online at and at the door.

On May 26, a panel discussion on Hurricane Katrina will take place at 7 p.m. in Drayton Hall. The panel will feature university faculty members, including Davis, Wideman-Davis and Dr. James Barilla of the English department. Barilla’s writing on Katrina inspired portions of the choreography. An excerpt of “Based on Images” will be performed.

“ ‘Based on Images’ examines the desperate and frustrating days in the aftermath of Katrina when everything in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast hung in the balance,” said Davis.

The performance combines movement with dialogue to depict Katrina images. The dialogue is based on research and the books, “Come Hell or High Water: The Color of Disaster” by Michael Eric Dyson, “The Great Deluge” by Douglas Brinkley and “Breach of Faith” by Jed Horne. Music is from Ryuichi Sakamoto’s album, “1996.”

“It is important to be relevant to what is going on today,” Wideman-Davis said. “Our work is about creating movement that inspires discussion and dialogue, instead of just making movement that is about itself alone.”

For more information about “Based on Images,” contact Kevin Bush at 803-777-9353.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 05/13/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 05/29/09 @ 3:57 PM | Permalink