SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Choreographer Ray C. Shaw will unveil his latest work, "I Am," about the beauty of scars, at Goose Route Dance Festival.
Goose Route Dance Festival is a celebration of contemporary dance. The festival opens tonight, with a children's class, and will run through Sunday, July 20, at the War Memorial Building in Shepherdstown, with performances by dance companies from across the country. Performances start Friday, July 11.
While the festival has wide offerings, tenets of modern dance run deep in the choreography. Dancers use the visual aesthetic of movement to entertain and make audiences think, with topics veering from the effects of sexism to more intimate notions, like scars.
"Artistically, I thought, 'How interesting -- the tracing of the scar on the body, how we act when we have a scar, how we're aware of it, how others are aware of it,'" Shaw said. "If it's exposed, others may look at it, they may find it of interest, they may think, 'Oh, why do they have that?' Some people think scars are very ugly."