Literary arts often inspire dance, but in the case of When Winter Come, NKU Writer-in-Residence Frank X. Walker’s poetry comes to life in a very direct creative form: a “choreopoem.” The cast is comprised of dancers as well as actors from Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Theatre & Dance in a well-rounded fusion of poetry, theater, music and movement.
Walker’s book of poetry chronicles the historic Lewis and Clark expedition as seen from the perspective of York, a slave on board. Directed by Renee McCafferty and choreographed by Heather Britt, a recent addition to the department’s faculty, the production also features an original score from Jazz pianist Harry Pickens. Britt believes audiences will be struck by the work’s sensuality within this historical context. “You’re taken on an emotional journey through the eyes of York,” she says. “Especially his loves and losses along the way to the ocean and back to Kentucky.” $7-$9. Get details and find nearby bars and restaurants here.