IF YOU GO
* What: Unity Dance Troupe's "The Veil: Redemption of Creation."
* When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1; 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 (doors open 30 minutes before showtime).
* Where: Lee University's Dixon Center, 1053 Church St., Cleveland, Tenn.
* Admission: Free.
* Website: unitydancetroupe.com.
Unity Dance Troupe, a nonprofit Christian dance company based in Cleveland, Tenn., will present "The Veil: Redemption of Creation" in four performances this weekend, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, at Lee University.
Unity was founded in January 2010 by Alexis Ziarkowski while she was a student at Lee University. Ziarkowski has trained in dance since she was a child and has been a member of Ballet Gloria Dance Company in Knoxville and an instructor for Momentum Academy Dance in Cleveland.
On the company's website, Ziarkowski says "The Veil" was inspired by a vision she had when she was 14 years old and worshiping Jesus in her bedroom. "I heard, 'You will put on a production about the story of creation. You will show who I really am.'"
The three-act production depicts the story of creation and redemption as seen through the eyes of God and interpreted through dance. After its initial run at Lee University in February 2013, North Cleveland Church of God officials invited Unity to perform "The Veil" in its Easter program, "Created for Glory," which was streamed live internationally.
In a news release, Ziarkowski says her desire for those who see the production is an understanding of God's vast love.
"I hope this production touches you to the core of what it means to be loved," she says. "I hope you see that you are worth God's time and that his heart is focused on loving you."
This year's production has been revamped to add more detail and interpretation into the story, as well as several new dances.