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ORCHID'S ARC

OF MOVING COLORS PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

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OF MOVING COLORS PRODUCTIONS

OUR HISTORY

In the Company of Dancers (ITCOD) was founded in 1987 by Lisa Hooks Murray to bring modern dance to as many people as possible, both through educational outreaches and major productions. In 1998 Garland Goodwin Wilson was announced Artistic Director of the Company. ITCOD went through a merger with Wilson's collaborative company, Of Moving Colors Productions. OMC believes that bringing the arts together represents a critical element to the culture of any city. Each year OMC brings together dance, theatre, live music, and the visual arts through major productions and educational outreaches. OMC also brings in top-flight guest artists for master classes, choreography, and special programs for neighborhoods and schools.

OUR MISSION

Of Moving Colors (OMC) is a contemporary dance-theatre organization dedicated to creating and presenting excellent performances and community-based dance activities that inspire, educate, and stimulate. OMC is equally committed to offering admirable opportunities to dancers in our community in the form of master classes, guest residencies, and paid work in order to further the validity of the dance profession in Louisiana.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Pamela Matassa

Amanda Henkel

Amie Kozan

Barry Milligan

Brent Milligan

Daryl McCreary

Gretchen Erickson

Heather Sewell Day

Jesse Price

Lisa Emerson

Melana Lloyd

Monica Murphy

Rachel Perlis

Starr Long

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Cheri Ausberry

Allison Lamar Beard

Ann Connelly

Fred C. Dent, III

Cordell Haymon

Kelly Hurtado

Mary Lilly

Anne Marks

Bettsie Miller

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Memories are the cherished treasures of our lives. Whether they are laden with joy or sorrow, they are gemstones we carefully preserve. Each one a unique reflection of a journey through time and experience. Orchid’s Arc traces the ebb and flow of life's continuum.

                                    -Hannah Knoff

                                    Associate Director

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We are incredibly grateful to our patrons who have journeyed with us for 36 years.

Platinum ($10,000 and above)

Margaret Heffron

 

Goldenrod ($5,000 - $9,999)

Susan Lipsey

David Manship

 

Scarlet ($2,500 - $4,999)

Jennifer Eplett & Sean E. Reilly

William R. Wilson

 

Emerald ($1,000 - $2,499)

Sonja Bruzauskas & Houston Haymon

Amy Crane

Brian Hales & Catherine Coates

Rich & Claire Major

Cary Saurage

Hank & Laurie Saurage

Junior League of Baton Rouge Inc.

Parkinson's Foundation

 

Magenta ($500 - $999)

Susan & Frederic Billings

Margaret Boudreaux

Diane Kirtland

Timothy & Deanna Knoff

Starr Long

Anne Marks

Claire Marron

Emily Norris

Lisa Oldenburg

John & Shelly Spruell

Elizabeth "Boo" Thomas

Chasity Wascom

 

Violet ($250 - $499)

Abounding Love Ministries

Aron Biedenharn

Rena Cannon

Astrid Clements

Patricia A. Day & Joseph G. Simmons

LeeAnn & David Kozan

Rachel Lauve

Prevailing Word Christian Center

Leigh Ann Texada

Lynn Z. Tucker, MD

Shannon Venuto

Steve & Claire Wilson

Aqua ($100 - $249)

Thomas Angers

Princeton & Dadie Bardwell

Lea Anne Batson

Aron Biedenharn

Camille Manning-Broome

Lauren Champagne

Leslie Day

Brooke & Jerry Dynes

Paula E. Gandy

Jessica Hatcher

Hannah Heltz

Shirley Henkel

James Hornbeak

Kayla Johnson

Bonnie Kemp

Ryn Jones

Margaret E. Kozan

Lee Ann Lockridge

Sylvia Martinez

Jubo Nordstrom

Carol Norwood

Elizabeth M. Perry

Jessie and Stacie Price

Jerry del Rio

Ann & Brody Saxon

Page Silvia

Frances & Charles Smith

Laura Thomas

Renita Williams Thomas

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Act 1

Dancers: Teri Alexander and Madilyn Cashio

Choreographed by Hannah Knoff

Music by Meredith Monk

Dancers: Full Cast, featuring Giulia Fedeli

Music by Agnes Obel

Dancers: Julia Lynch and Isabel Nasr

Choreographed by Hannah Knoff

Music by Peter Gregson

Performed by Gabrielle Thibodeaux

Choreographed by Julian Guillory

Music by Max Richter

Dancers: Madilyn Cashio and Isabel Nasr

Choreographed by Madilyn Cashio

Music by Molly Lewis

Performed by Lauren Hebert, Hannah Knoff, Julia Lynch, and Gabrielle Thibodeaux

Choreographed by Madilyn Cashio

Music by Tiny Tim

Dancers: Teri Alexander, Madilyn Cashio, Hannah Knoff, Julia Lynch, Isabel Nasr, and Gabrielle Thibodeaux

Choreographed by Garland Goodwin Wilson

Music by Patsy Cline

Dancers: Teri Alexander, Madilyn Cashio, and Julia Lynch

Trio choreographed by Madilyn Cashio

Music by Mulatu Astatke

Performed by Lauren Hebert

Choreographed by Garland Goodwin Wilson

Music by The Platters

 

Dancers: Teri Alexander, Isabel Nasr, and Gabrielle Thibodeaux

Choreographed by Teri Alexander

Music by Dinah Washington

Dancers: Full Company 

Choreographed by Hannah Knoff

Music by Max Richter

 

Dancers: Full Company, featuring  Giulia Fedeli

Choreographed by Hannah Knoff

Music by Peter Gregson

Dancers: Lauren Hebert and Hannah Knoff

Choreographed by John Allen, Christain Von Howard, and Courtney Landry

Music by Michael Wall

Dancers: Teri Alexander, Madilyn Cashio, and Hannah Knoff

Choreographed by Garland Goodwin Wilson

Music by Oliver Tank

Dancers: Full Cast, featuring Hannah Knoff

Music by Billie Holiday

Dancers: Full Company

Choreographed by Courtney Landry

Music by The Righteous Brothers

Act 2
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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Garland Goodwin Wilson received her BA in Theatre from LSU and studied locally at 2M's School of Dance. She has also studied modern dance across the world at centers and festivals such as Impulstanz Vienna and the Jose Limon Institute in New York. She has trained under and facilitated residencies with artists such as Ashleigh Leite, Netta Yerushalmy, Irene Rampino and Emily Plauche-Flink and has has toured with Windows Dance Company (Brazil, Asia, Hawaii) and with TNZTT Dance Theatre (Slovakia, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic). Locally, she has worked for Capitol High, Scotlandville Magnet High, The Runnels School, Playmakers, and the Arts Council of GBR. Garland is Board President of the Louisiana Alliance for Dance and Board Member for Palissimo Dance in NYC. She has served as a grants panelist for the BR Area Foundation and the Arts Councils of GBR, Shreveport and Louisiana, and is also a Louisiana Dance Fellow for Choreography.  In 1996, she returned to the state and has served as the Artistic Director of OMC since 1997, creating over 30 major works for the company and taking the arts to literally hundreds of venues in the southern region. She is incredibly thankful to her family that has been intimately supportive for over a quarter of a century.

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ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR AND DANCER

Hannah Knoff is a performing artist from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  In May of 2022, she earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance from Northwestern State University, where she studied under Kirstin Riehl, Brett Garfinkel, Michael Lomeka, Crystal Lewis, Rebecca Morgan, and Jared Doster. In her four years at Northwestern she performed with the NSU Dance Company, the Demon Dazzlers, and was a founding officer of  the Dance Organization of Students.  Throughout her dance career, Hannah has had opportunities to dance with Bodyart Dance (project specific), Opera Louisiane, the Moscow Ballet, and the Baton Rouge Symphony. She has participated in choreographic residencies with renowned artists John Allen, Christian Von Howard, and Pavel Zuštiak.

GUEST ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
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GIULIA FEDELI

Giulia Fedeli grew up in Padova, Italy, and has been dancing since the age of 5. She graduated from the Ballet Academy of the Teatro Carcano in Milan and later graduated with honors from the Certificate Program of The Ailey School in New York. While at Ailey she also performed with the Alvin Ailey Students Performance Group. After graduation, she worked with Francesca Harper, performing in New York City and Venice, Italy. She danced as a soloist with Rome, Italy-based "Danza Prospettiva" - ARSlab Production from 2010 to 2016, touring in the United States, France, Germany, Bulgaria, and Italy. After spending one year in Shanghai, China, dancing and teaching, she moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and since then has been performing with Baton Rouge Ballet and New Orleans Ballet and teaching in several local schools. This is her second year working with Of Moving Colors and she is excited about performing with them for the Baton Rouge community. 

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TERI ALEXANDER

Teri is a dance artist from Plaquemine, Louisiana who has been dancing for 20 years. She received her early training from Peggy Grant’s School of Dance, DancExpression and Iberville Math, Science, and Arts Academy- West. She then went on to receive her Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in May of 2022. There she had the honor of training under instructors Marie Broussard, Kenneth Jenkins, Kristi Carr, Alex McBride, Sarah Lass, and Michael Crotty, as well as being a member of the Ragin’ Jazz dance team for 2 years. Through her training at UL, Teri was able to work with artists such as Blakeley White-McGuire, Daniel Fetecua, Taylor Mitchell, Leah LaGrange, and Kaylin Maggard, as well as attend intensives with Salt Contemporary Dance, Kizuna Dance, LED, Whim Whim, Millennium Dance Complex Nashville, and Vagabondance. This is Teri’s first year dancing with Of Moving Colors.

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MADILYN CASHIO

Madilyn is from Livonia, La. She received her training at Joffrey Ballet School in Texas and earned a BFA in dance from University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2022). Cashio has studied under the direction of Desmond Richardson, Yosha Sorzano, Lauren Edson, Omar Román De Jesús, Amy Gunter and many more. She’s had the opportunity to work with Art Spark, Basin Arts and Window Wonderland. She currently is the company director at Core Dance Center and is the instructor of Notre Dame High School dance team.

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LAUREN HEBERT

Lauren has been dancing for over twenty years. She began her training at Powell-Moise School of Dance where she was a part of their competition team for eleven years. She also took classes at Revolution Dance Company while in high school. In college, Lauren studied dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia before moving back home to pursue a degree in Mass Communication with minors in Dance and Physical Theater at Louisiana State University (LSU). While at LSU she was a part of the Dance Ensemble. Through the LSU Dance Department, she studied Flamenco in Seville, Spain and spent a semester in Aurillac, France studying modern dance at La Manufacture. Lauren graduated from LSU in 2019 and now works as a Patient Care Coordinator. Lauren is very excited to be back with OMC for another season! 

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JULIA LYNCH

Julia is a dancer from St. Amant, Louisiana, who attended Northwestern State University as a Dance Major. She was a member of the Demon Dazzlers Danceline, and was a board member of the Dance Organization of Students while attending. She has been taught by Brett Garfinkel, Michael Lomeka, Kirstin Riehl, Crystal Lewis, and Rebecca Allen, and more. This is her first year as a member of the Of Moving Colors family.

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GABRIELLE THIBODEAUX

Gabrielle (Gabby) is attending Louisiana State University and pursuing a degree in Business Management with a minor in Dance. She grew up in Central, LA and was a four-year member of the Central High School Kittens Dance Team, where she received awards through American All-Star and Universal Dance Association and was the captain her senior year. She has studied various genres of dance at the Center of Performing Arts, The CODA, under the direction of Stephanie Faucette-Gremillion and Micaela Coner, and RAVE Performing Arts Company, under the direction of Rachel Vierck-Amie.  She was a member of the RAVE competition and performance teams and is currently a co-teacher at RAVE. While receiving training in the LSU Dance Department, Gabby is excited to continue dancing with OMC.  This will be her third year!

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ISABEL NASR

Isabel is from Lafayette, Louisiana and has been dancing for sixteen years. While living in Lafayette she trained in many forms of dance at several different studios. Growing up she participated in Gerami Academy’s tumbling team and later joined River Dance Centre’s competition team at ten years old. Through River Dance she competed for a total of six years and attended several dance conventions including West Coast Dance Explosion, Streetz, and Velocity where she earned several scholarships. Additionally, she was a part of her high school’s dance team for two years, where they won the National Champion title in their game day routine. During her senior year she began assisting her studio’s mini company and plans to continue doing so in the future. This will also be Isabel’s first year with OMC!

PARTICIPANTS
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Rose

Robert Perlis

Nicole Simmons

Scott McCarely

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Boagie

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Ann Connelly Fine Art

American Audio Visual

Denise Atol

Phoebe Rosebud Smith-Atol

Baton Rouge Music Exchange

Big Buddy

Billy Wilson and Family

Bistro Byronz

Click Here Digital

Deanna Knoff

Eye Wander Photography

Emma Granier

LeeAnn Kozan

Claire Major

Mid City Ballroom

Monica Murphy

Red Cake Events

Synergy Communications

Tina Sway

Tone BR

OMC continues to host free Dance for Parkinson's, and movement for all ages, classes led by Susan Perlis weekly.  Check out our outreach page for more information!

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