Circle Modern Dance continues its annual holiday tradition of Modern Dance Primitive Light, a Winter Solstice celebration of the arts December 12-14 at the historic Laurel Theater.


Modern Dance Primitive Light features performance art by area choreographers, dancers, and musicians. Each performance showcases live music, directed and scored by David King, performed by King and other local musicians. Featured choreography includes the work of two of Circle Modern Dance’s original founders, Claire Barrett and Kimberly Matibag. Also included are works from guest artists Intersect Dance Theatre and Momentum Dance Lab.


Modern Dance Primitive Light has been a favorite holiday tradition of my family since we moved to Knoxville five years ago” said Lydia Alford, co-director of the production. “Each year is special, but this year’s performance has so much artistic variety, there is truly something for everyone to connect with and enjoy!”


Performances will take place Thursday, December 12 at 8:00 PM; Friday, December 13 at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM; and Saturday, December 14 at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM at the historic Laurel Theater (1538 Laurel Avenue). Tickets are $10 for students/seniors and $15 for general admission seats available at or at the door. Modern Dance Primitive Light is a show for all ages and participates in the Penny4Arts program, allowing children to attend for one penny when accompanied by an adult.


About Circle Modern Dance


Circle Modern Dance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in downtown Knoxville. The organization was founded in 1990 by Mark Lamb, Claire Barratt, Wendy Nash Remick, and Kimberly Matibag. The philosophy of Circle Modern Dance is that Every Body has the Right to Dance. For more information, visit or call (865) 309-5309.