Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gash/voigt: An Ear for `Unheard Voices'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gash/voigt: An Ear for `Unheard Voices'

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FOR most of its existence, Gash/Voigt Dance Theatre, formerly In Motion Dance Theatre, has been a company of women.

"We started out being a women's company just because of the situation in St. Louis," said Susan Gash, one of GVDT's co-artistic directors. "But since we did `Sanctuary' in 1990, it's purposely been a women's company."

In keeping with this tradition, the company will perform its latest project, "Unheard Voices," this weekend at the Center of Contemporary Arts. The evening-length work explores the ties between three generations of women in an Ozark family.

The work concerns a women with roots in the Ozarks who realizes she must return there in order to understand herself. In rediscovering her history, she begins to see the problem of communcation between the generations of women in her family as an environmental one - the damming of the White River.

"Unheard Voices" is a collaboration between GVDT, composers Joe Venegoni and Ray Castrey, visual artist Kathy Thompson and playwright Mary Sue Price, who based the text for "Unheard Voices" on passages from the diary of her late grandmother, Bea Sanders. …

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