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Veach’s 'Moving Words' performed with help from Otterbein connections

Veach’s 'Moving Words' performed with help from Otterbein connections

The newest Columbus Dance Theatre (CDT) production, Moving Words, will not only push artistic boundaries with dance set to poetry, but it will also showcase the many connections between an Otterbein alumna and her institution.

Maggie Veach ’17 is a recent graduate of the Otterbein Department of Theatre and Dance. Poems featured in Moving Words were developed in several creative writing courses she took as a student with Professor Terry Hermsen, with one of them stemming from a summer camp Hermsen taught that Veach attended as a high school student.

The Cardinal connections do not stop there. The poems themselves will be performed by the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance Christina Kirk. Kirk is also Veach’s mother.

“It’s so thrilling to be able to perform Maggie’s work,” said Kirk. “She’s always been a major supporter of our family’s artistic careers and now it’s her turn to be celebrated as the artist.”

Moving Words will be an evening of dances set to Veach’s poetry choreographed by dancers from CDT’s company and by artists from the Columbus community. CDT reached out to dancers and choreographers from throughout the city to create new dances with her poetry as the “music” of the dance. Veach’s brother and professional dancer Judson Veach will also perform one of the selections. Her father, Tim Veach, is the CDT artistic director.

“I wanted this to be a community gathering all investigating how to put language in motion.  I have encouraged everyone to simply rely on the words,” he said.

Kirk believes that this all would not be possible if it wasn’t for the unique connection Maggie Veach has with Professor Hermsen and the encouragement and guidance he provided to her as a student and young professional.

“I remember after the first time she met Terry, Maggie said that he just understood her from the beginning. He’s been able to help her reach her full potential and always expand what was possible in her writing,” Kirk said.

Performances for Moving Words will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 21, and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at the Fisher Theatre, 592 E. Main St., Columbus. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $15 for students.