Kylee Smith’s paternal ancestors are from Abbeville, S.C., famously known as the birthplace and deathbed of the Confederacy. A distant uncle of hers was lynched in the town square and her great-grandfather was the first African-American deputy sheriff in the county.
From those family ties and stories, Smith, a second-year in dance, was inspired to choreograph her piece “Bloodlines,” which will be featured in the Ohio State Department of Dance’s spring concert, “Absolute Existence,” which features 15 undergraduate and graduate performers.
“I wanted to say something about these thoughts and these feelings that I have about my ancestry, and it came to fruition in this piece,” Smith said. “It’s not… Read more