Win FREE TICKETS to “Descent” @ EMPAC at RPI


Alice Sheppard / Kinetic Light – featuring disabled artists Alice Sheppard, Laurel Lawson and Michael Maag – are bringing their daring dance performance, “Descent,” to EMPAC at RPI in Troy for a two-night stand at 7:30pm on Thursday & Friday, November 15 & 16.

“Descent” re-imagines the story of Greek mythical figures Venus and Andromeda as an interracial love story with choreography that conjures the aesthetics of August Rodin’s sculpture “Toilet of Venus and Andromeda.” Performing in wheelchairs, dancers Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson traverse a stage built with hills and curves. The duo will climb to the summit of a ramp where they precariously balance on its edge and let gravity take over as they barrel back down, moving together and apart. Through emotional peaks and valleys, “Descent” explores themes of disability, race and beauty to reveal how mobility is fundamental to participation in civic life.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at $18; students/seniors $13.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the Friday performance to a lucky Nippertown reader. To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Thursday (November 15), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Thursday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck!

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  1. David says

    This certainly looks compelling!

  2. dan stanton says


  3. Ed says

    I’d like to check that out.

  4. Michael Kink says

    let’s do this.

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