Dancer and choreographer featured at next (Lunch) Box discussion

NASHVILLE, Tenn.óInsideOut of the (Lunch) Box, sponsored by Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, will feature choreographer and dancer Bill Shannon Oct. 16 at War Memorial Auditorium as he discusses his latest work, Weeble-Tech, a multimedia project that combines dance, visual imagery and an original soundscore.

Shannon suffers with the effects of Perthes’ Disease, a bone deformity characterized by loss of circulation to the head of the femur. Despite his ailments, Shannon has created what he calls the "Shannon technique." This technique involves a defined set of movements and body patterns in relation to the use of crutches for dance. Shannon’s visual imagery is inspired by breakdance, street-skating and modern dance.

"Bill Shannon, alias ‘CrutchMaster,’ is a self-styled interdisciplinary artist recognized in both the hip hop dance scene as well as the disabled artist scene," said Misty White, program coordinator for Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations at Vanderbilt.
The first 300 people to sign up for the discussion will be provided a free box lunch. To reserve a free lunch, call 322-8585 or e-mail Donations will be accepted at the door.

The November "InsideOut of the (Lunch) Box" will feature Abdel Salaam, Forces of Nature Dance Theater founder and artistic director, as he discusses his latest choreographic work, Eclipsed Chapters of the Crescent and the Cross.

Media contact: Jamie Scott, (615) 322-NEWS

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