Sanspointe Dance Company Announces Public Library Tour

Sanspointe Dance Company Announces Public Library Tour

Birmingham, Ala. July 18, 2013 – Sanspointe Dance Company will present “Life on A Shelf” August 5, 6 & 8 at three Birmingham public libraries – dances created to connect us all, regardless of age, to the shelves and books in a library.  Sanspointe artists Michelle Knutson and Shellie Chambers will present two new works and two repertory works in collaboration with 3 company dancers. Circulate through the poetry, research, children’s and non-fiction sections and celebrate with us the life and imagination we experience in books.

Knutson, Project Director of the Library Tour wanted to present a show that directly linked the importance of libraries in our communities.  “I first thought of all the people that gather to read, research and explore book shelves and technology at the library.  I narrowed our focus to four sections of a library: poetry, research, children’s and non-fiction to inspire choreography.”  From book shelf, into the hands of the reader and into our lives and imagination, this show is a thank you to public service libraries.

Opening and closing the 30-minute program, are repertory works by Knutson and Chambers that premiered in 2008.  Kuntson’s “Neruda No. 4” brings to life five poems by Pablo Neruda and is staged around a bench.  Chambers’ “Pack” is a quirky caricature of a pack of dogs, inspired by her own pups and coffee table books about different breeds.

New works will also be included on the program.  Chambers’ new work digs into the Dewey Decimal system.  Chambers said, “I was interested in the process of researching in the library, so I created a soundscore that references sections and books in the library via the Dewey Decimal system.  The duet, titled ‘Relative Location,’ is a playful take on the digging, inquiry and discovery that takes place throughout a library.”

Knutsons’ new work will take the sounds, books and energy from the children’s section.  “Part of my process was going to the library and observing and listening quietly with a book to capture the essence of what makes this section of the library so magical,” said Knutson.

Sanspointe presented the first Birmingham Public Library Tour in 2012, performing “The Golden Record,” at Avondale, Five Points West and Central Public Libraries.  “Life on A Shelf” features performances by company members Michelle Knutson, Sara Turney, Susie Poythress Long and Stella Nystrom.

Central Downtown Library in the Atrium/ Monday, August 5th at 6pm

Five Points West Library in the Main Reading Room/ Tuesday, August 6th at 6pm

Fultondale Library in the Main Reading Room/ Thursday, August 8th at 6pm

All performances are free and open to the public.

Sanspointe is a Birmingham-based professional modern dance company founded in 2003.  To learn more about Sansponite or to make a tax-deductible donation to Sanspointe, visit