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Artifact Dance Project: Goliath – A Story Retold

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Marquez Johnson as Goliath. Photo by Taylor Thoenes

Artifact Dance Project presents choreographer Ashley Bowman’s radical retelling of the classic biblical tale. Here we meet a Goliath for our times, a lonely anti-hero wandering confused in a dying world, seeking his purpose.
The world loves an underdog, and none is more beloved than David, a lowly shepherd boy who saves his people in a mighty battle with Goliath, a ruthless giant. But what if we heard a different version of that story? Who really was Goliath? What did he seek as he wandered a dark world full of possibilities? What if the story is retold for our times? Along the way, in a timeless journey of discovery, Goliath encounters mysterious, mythic creatures of light and darkness, meaning and meaninglessness. Goliath eventually reaches a miraculous triumph through a final conflict with David, his powerful foe whose ancient past provides Goliath with the key to mending the world.
The contemporary choreography for Goliath is inspired by the supernatural sounds of music written and recorded by Zack Hemsey, a recording artist, songwriter, and composer. Having steadily produced and released music for over a decade, his work has been largely popularized through its inclusion in film and television movies, series, and promotional campaigns.
Goliath is danced by Marquez Johnson, perfectly paired with Jeffery Griffith’s David and supported by a dynamic cast of eight dancers. Lighting Designer Don Fox collaborates with Bowman to create a stunning world set in a barren landscape.

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