Artistic Director Ashley Bowman choreographs the world premiere of Judith, a story of heroism, struggle, power and spirituality. Art Historian Kevin Justus collaborates with Bowman to adapt the ancient story of the “Book of Judith”, one of the Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical books of the Bible, dating back to the 2nd century B.C. Known for fusing contemporary movement, acting, and narrative, Artifact tells the tale of Judith, who goes against the great general Holofernes, commanded by the ruthless King Nebuchadnezzar. With surprising interpretations of these well-known biblical figures, the adaptation takes an already fictional account of religious history to new places. Dancer Ilaria Guerra takes on the title role. Mezzo-soprano Korby Myrick, percussionist Paul Gibson and pianist Richard Hereld provide live music, enhancing the narrative. Lighting designer Don Fox creates a dramatic atmosphere that adds a powerful element to the story telling. Judith places the strong and courageous woman front and center as she attempts to save her city from ruin.