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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Full Radius presents “Walking on My Grave”

“People are sometimes shocked by the level of physicality we exhibit on stage,” says Douglas Scott, artistic director of Full Radius Dance. “Audience members may come in with a preconceived notion that because someone uses a chair they're delicate and they must be treated with kid gloves. But these are dancers. These are people just like anyone else. That's what we really explore and celebrate on stage.”

Surprising audiences with the physicality of dancers is the goal of nearly every dance company, but what makes Full Radius unique in Atlanta is that they work within the field of what's called “physically integrated art.” “What that means is that half my company is in wheelchairs due to various disabilities,” says Scott.

Scott was originally a dancer who became intrigued with the idea of working with and choreographing works with dancers whose bodies were nothing like his own. A series of workshops led to teaching in the field and eventually forming his own company. Full Radius has performed physically integrated pieces in Atlanta since 1995, and has toured as far as California, and in 2009 they even made their first international stops in a series of shows in three cities in Italy.

Most of this weekend's program deals with themes of mortality. The title work is a moody, evocative, meditative piece based on the phrase “Somebody walked over my grave,” usually said when someone feels a chill or shiver they can't otherwise explain. Pedro and Inez choreographed by company member Paulo Manso de Sousa, a former ballet dancer with Miami City Ballet, is based on a story from history of King Pedro of Portugal who was said to have fallen in love with a lady-in-waiting, with tragic consequences for her. The last work Bar Songs, also by Douglas Scott, and on a lighter note, is set to country music and takes place in a seedy drinking establishment.

Full Radius Dance performs Walking on my Grave and Other Dances this weekend at 7 Stages Theatre on Friday, January 21, at 8 pm and on Saturday, January 22, at 2 pm and 8 pm. Tickets are $10-15. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 7 Stages

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