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regeneration - press release


Lisa Hall McKee 865.539.2475,


GO! Contemporary Dance Works will celebrate its 20th anniversary with reGENERATION, an outdoor performance at the TN Amphitheater on Friday, September 29, 2023 at 8PM.

 reGENERATION brings together inter-disciplinary choreographic works by some of the most experimental dance-makers in Knoxville and will premier Xocoyotzin, by award winning international choreographer, danah bella. bella is the founding chair of the Dance Department at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University and has presented choreographic works at the Cool New York Festival, the United States Asian American Festival, the Bates Dance Festival, as well as in Mexico and Italy. 

The evening’s versatile repertoire will bring Knoxville’s artistic community together. Voicing, co-choreographed by director Lisa Hall McKee and Jill Frére, will interweave live musicians and dancers on the stage. McKee describes Voicing as a true collaborative effort between musicians, dancers and choreographers.“The all female string quartet, Inner Voices, joins us on the TN Amphitheater stage this year. I saw these ladies performing the piece, Strum, and I was fascinated with their connection to their instruments, the score, and to each other. I immediately wanted to work with them!” 

Additional new works will include NAD 213, an experimental ballet that explores ADHD and how those with the “disorder” have creative insights and Rhythm of Regeneration, a celebratory and bold blend of African and modern dance. “Takia Faniyi, a local African dancer, worked with the cast on African dance movement vocabulary that we incorporated into GO!’s signature style. The piece is extremely visual, athletic and energizing,” states McKee.

 With a roster of 50 pre-professional and professional dancers, GO! celebrates a 20 year journey of art, family and connection with this performance. Mixing new with the old, GO! brings back to the stage favorites such as Convergent Boundaries by Denise Njuguna and Revenge of the Wallflower by Jackie Kinsman. “We are still dreaming big and growing,” McKee says. “As artistic director, my primary focus is to keep us moving forward and not become stagnant. We bring in new artists and we create new work while keeping true to our history. This performance is evidence of that!” 

reGENERATION will include a pre-show event with live music by Mal Nombre and free refreshments at 7PM for ticket holders. Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door and can be purchased at or at STUDIO ARTS for dancers, 865-539-2475. All seating is general admission. reGENERATION is produced in part by corporate sponsors Belcher Family Giving Fund, Sam & Paula Tate, Garza Law Firm, and Rob Quillin of Kennerly Montgomery Law Firm, Matt Harper of Eagle Strategies, LLC, and Integrative PT and Wellness. reGENERATION is proud to be a Penny4Arts performance.

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