Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Monday, July 29, 2013
CONTACT: Angela Fisher Hall                                             
Associate Director                                              
Birmingham Public Library                                
Phone: (205) 226-3614                                         
Sanspointe Dance Company Connects Viewers to Libraries Through Dance
Birmingham, Alabama—Sanspointe  Dance Company will present “Life on A Shelf,” dances created to connect us all—regardless of age—to the shelves and books in a library.  Circulate through the poetry, research, children's and non-fiction sections and celebrate with us the life and imagination we experience in books.  The company will perform a 30-minute show on August 5, 6, and 8 at 6:00pm in local public libraries including Birmingham Public’s Central and Five Points West locations. A performance is also scheduled for the Fultondale Public Library. Sanspointe artists Michelle Knutson and Shellie Chambers will be presenting two new works and two repertory works in collaboration with 3 company dancers.
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 kinds of people, regardless of age, that gather to read, explore book shelves, technology, research…the different sections of the library and then narrowed it down to four sections (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 the public service libraries provide for us all. 
Sanspointe presented the first Birmingham Public Library Tour in 2012 with “The Golden Record,” performed at Avondale, Five Points West and the Central Library. This year’s presentation of “Life on A Shelf” includes performances by Michelle Knutson, Sara Turney, Susie Poythress Long and Stella Nystrom.  The locations, dates and times are listed below and all performances are free and open to the public.
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
Sanspointe is a Birmingham-based professional modern dance company founded in 2003.  To learn more about Sanspointe, visit
 The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment.  This system—with nineteen locations and serving the community for 126 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.  For additional information, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  
MEDIA:  Media coverage of these events are welcomed.  For additional information, or to schedule an interview with the Sanspointe creative team, please contact Angela Fisher Hall at (205) 226-3614.  Attached is a JPEG image of the poster advertising this event.  
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