'Dreamer: The Diary of Joseph' presented
'Dreamer: The Diary of Joseph'
“Dreamer: The Diary of Joseph” is in the midst of preparing for its second year of production, performed by Unity Dance Troupe and choreographed by its founder and director Alexis Ziarkowski Burleson.
“Dreamer” is the story of Joseph from the Bible, and is told from the perspective of his diary depicting his journey through faith and forgiveness.
“Dreamer” will be performed Friday through Sunday, Nov. 17 to Nov. 19, at the Lee University Dixon Center with three evening shows and two matinees.
The story portrays Joseph’s journey through life, including being sold into slavery by his own brothers for believing in the power of dreams. After facing many struggles and challenges, he rises to second in command of the entire nation of Egypt. All the while, dealing with how to view God; a God he has never known for himself.
The production is produced by Austin and Alexis Burleson, and the Unity Dance Troupe staff. It features more than 90 handmade costumes by their costume designer Lauren Leggett and professional theatrical lighting designed by Austin Burleson.
This high-spectacle performance will dazzle audiences and compel hearts.
“Dreamer is a story about trusting in a God that you can’t see … The reason that I wrote Dreamer is to show that trust only comes through time and experience with God. God isn’t a manipulator, and He will go to any lengths to earn your trust. Because trust is earned; it’s not given,” said Alexis Burleson.
The dances, costumes, hair and makeup are all created and designed by the company. Leggett has been sewing costumes for the company for four years and started designing costumes for Dreamer last year. She has also revamped and created over 100 costumes for Dreamer and “The Veil: Redemption of Creation.”
“Adding that extra push of excellence,” says Leggett. Flowy costumes with rich, warm tones; unique headpieces and accessories give the illusion of the Israeli culture in which the show is set. Although the design is ‘artistified’ as Leggett put it, audiences will still be able to recognize the familiar look of this era.
Unity is a Cleveland-based Christian dance company, well known for its production “The Veil.”
Unity was founded in 2010 as a Lee University club by Burleson, who was a student at the time. The troupe grew and began to develop productions like The Veil, which was first performed for students at Lee. What started as a company of Lee students dancing in a gymnasium has grown into a full-time, nonprofit dance studio serving over 250 students.
This year, “Dreamer” will showcase a new cast as well as recreated costumes, set pieces and choreography. The hope of this production is to touch the audience's’ hearts and spirits, and ignite in them dreams that were once lost or have yet to be discovered.
William Moore has been dancing with the company for two years and was cast as Joseph in “Dreamer” and Adam in “The Veil.” He is overwhelming grateful for these opportunities and looks forward to pushing himself.
Moore portrayed Satan in “The Veil” last season, and traveled internationally to Colombia and Belgium with the company.
“When you’ve been hurt, it can be hard to forgive and begin trusting again. That’s what this show is about, forgiving the dream-killers and learning to trust in a God you can’t always see, feel or hear. I can relate to this struggle in my life and I’m excited to see how God will speak to me through the character of Joseph,” said Moore.
In everything they do, Unity strives to inspire people to go after their dreams. They just returned from a summer traveling across Colombia and Belgium where they performed The Veil and spread the gospel over both countries. While they were there, nine people were saved in Belgium and over 4,000 were effected in Columbia.
It is Burleson’s hope that “Dreamer” will compel audience members to take risks and go after their dreams. If she had been too afraid to act, Unity would have never begun. Unity continually endeavors to push people to be the best versions of themselves. In addition to ministry within the company, the troupe is actively reaching out to the community and tries to pour into Cleveland’s life as much as possible.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-19 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Doors Open 30 minutes before each show.
Dreamer is free to the public, but tickets are required to reserve your general admission seating. Please visit http://www.unitydancetroupe.com/tickets to get your free tickets!
A wait list will be provided to guests who did not pre-order tickets.
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