Project Description


In a GroundWorks DanceTheater exCHANGE with John Carroll University, students were invited to attend the GroundWorks Allen Theatre performance and use the experience as inspiration for poetry. Below are video excerpts of the performance that inspired John Carroll University student, Joe.

Excerpts from GroundWorks DanceTheater performance of “ now.”

  • Choreography: Johannes Wieland
  • Performance: Premiered at Allen Theater, Playhouse Square, Ohio
  • Date: October 24 & 25, 2014
  • Dancers: Noelle Cotler, Troy Macklin, Damien Highfield, Felise Bagley, Annika Sheaff
  • Lighting: Dennis Dugan
  • Music: Compilation recording by Johannes Wieland
  • Costumes: Janet Bolick
  • Set Pieces: Ian Petroni
  • Sound: Chuck Karnak


Internal Flame

Arms extending slowly
Legs thrown out for balance
Then quickly retracting
The appendages burnt
By an unseen flame

The reaction too slow
Sparks catch, pace increasing
The flames enveloping
Movements become wild,

Cadence fueled by panic
Rhythm flailing falters
Technique forgotten
Thrashing about as if
There is a desperate,
Crazy hope that sweat
And lack of oxygen
Will extinguish the blaze

More Action/Reaction Responses from John Carroll University Students

Works Performed at Allen Theatre