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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Project 7 brings on the "monsters" of dance

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  • Courtesy Project 7
Cherrise Wakeham admits that her demanding, athletic style of choreography takes a special type of dancer. "They're monsters," she says of the five dancers who will perform in her company Project 7's up-coming show EquiLIFTrium this weekend. "They're athletic beasts. And I'm a workhorse. I don't play. It's a really great relationship we have."

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The production, which takes place at the Balzer Theater on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, is an evening-length work comprised of interwoven pieces about five characters brought together in an urban environment. The show features solos, duets, trios, and ensembles set to a variety a musical styles from classical and dub-step to electronica, spoken word, and the pop music of James Blake, Rihanna and Zoe Keating,

Wakeham describes her style of dance as "commercial" or conversational. The work is accessible, she says, something that she hopes even viewers who don't typically go to dance shows can get excited about. "I like making connections with people," she says. "When I'm describing the show, people sometimes ask if what we do is like something from So You Think You Can Dance, and I'm just like, 'Yeah.' It's a universal thing that people can relate to."

Wakeham has taught in the Atlanta area for 12 years: many of the "monsters" in her show are current or former students. The company is primarily based in the Roswell area, but Project 7 has performed all around Atlanta: at the Flux night of public art, 7 Stages, and 14th Street Playhouse.

Project 7's "EquiLIFTrium" plays at the Balzer Theater on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, at 8 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Project 7. (Note: "EquiLIFTrium" is unrelated to the similarly-titled dance show "Lift" occurring the same weekend).

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