Special to the Banner
Unity Dance Troupe, a local East Tennessee Christian dance company, will present “The Veil: Redemption of Creation” at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 and 2 at the Lee University Dixon Center.
There will be a 2:30 p.m. performance, also, on Feb. 1. Admission is free.
“The Veil” is the story of creation and redemption as seen through the eyes of God and interpreted through dance.
This three-act dance production was first performed at Lee University in February of 2013. Its initial three-show run was performed to packed crowds at every performance.
Impressed with the artistry of the production, North Cleveland Church of God invited Unity Dance Troupe to perform “The Veil” in its Easter program, “Created for Glory.”
During this run of the show, “The Veil” was streamed live to a multitude of homes and churches internationally. This production has touched a number of people’s lives each time it has been performed.
In January of 2010, Alexis Ziakowski founded Unity Dance Troupe while she was a student at Lee University.
Ziakowski has trained in dance since she was a child. She has also been a member of Ballet Gloria Dance Company in Knoxville and an instructor for Momentum Academy Dance in Cleveland.
She said she has always intended “The Veil” to not be a mere show but to reveal God’s vast love for us.
“The story of Creation was inspired by a vision that I had when I was 14 years old,” Ziakowski said. “I was worshipping Jesus in my bedroom and I felt that Jesus was calling me to put on a production that would reveal the true heart of God for His creation.
“My desire for you, as you watch this production, is to see God for the creative lover that He is,” she continued, “full of joy, majesty, fun, and delight in creating you — you were intimately, wonderfully and specifically made and full of purpose.”
Ziakowski said she hoped the production “touches you to the core of what it means to be loved. I hope you see that you are worth God’s time and that His heart is focused on loving you,” she added.
According to Ziakowski, “The Veil” has reached new heights this year as more detail and interpretation have been added to the story by renovating the original production and adding several new dances.
Unity Dance Troupe is a nonprofit company whose productions are free to the public. When someone joins Unity they find more than a way to receive dance instruction and be part of our productions but they find a family and a support system, Ziakowski said.
Unity Dance Troupe provides a place to feel comfortable to be themselves and express themselves freely. “Members are not simply bodies,” she said, “that fill a given role. Each one is special and they bring a certain life to their roles that only they can give.”
For two years, Unity Dance Troupe practiced and performed on Lee University’s campus and most of its members were Lee students.
But Unity was not officially connected to the school until August 2012, when the dance troupe became an official spiritual club of Lee University.
What makes Unity different than what is typically thought of dance companies is Unity’s heart for its members, Ziakowski explained.
Unity is based on Psalms 133:1 — “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”