ShaLeigh Dance Works proudly presents Double Virtual Premieres of enVISION

Beyond Sight: The Making of enVISION by Argyle Rebel Films

enVISION: Sensory Beyond Sight filmed by Palani Mohan

From June 3rd-5th, ShaLeigh Dance Works premiered enVISION: Sensory Beyond Sight to live audiences opening the 89th American Dance Festival’s Season with five sold-out performances at The Fruit in Durham, North Carolina. Talented videographer Palani Mohan captured the show with high-quality multi camera shoots of the live performance. While creating this collaborative dance-theatre work, filmmaker Michael Washington of Argyle Rebel Films added another layer of collaboration: he documented the process. 

We invite you to join us both onstage and behind the scenes through this double premiere to take a closer look at what went into its making and to experience the virtual premiere of enVISION: Sensory Beyond Sight.

Chatham Life & Style called it “a new evolution in dance.” IndyWeek praised it as “astounding” and a “bold, immersive performance.” CVNC described it as “a sensational and poetically eye-opening performance,” and Beltline to Broadway chronicled it as “a new sensorial way to experience dance and theater.”

We’re thrilled to premiere the documentary and performance virtually. The documentary screening will be followed by an artist chat-back which will also be accessible virtually.


Screening Details

Beyond Sight: The Making of enVISION, a Michael I. Washington Film “is a one of a kind documentary that showcases the creative process behind ShaLeigh Dance Works’ newest masterwork. Told by the artists themselves, ‘Beyond Sight’ is an unflinching look at what it takes to push boundaries and change the landscape of live performance forever. – Michael Washington, Filmmaker.

When: Saturday, September 10th 7pm

Where: Online Virtually or in-person at Westgate Wine Bar 6405 Westgate Road #111 Raleigh, NC 27617

Audio Described Release: Saturday, October 8th at 7pm, Online Virtually


Virtual Premiere of enVISION: Sensory Beyond Sight, filmed by Palani Mohan, is an immersive interdisciplinary performance that does not solicit the viewer’s sight but rather all their other senses. Specifically conceived with and for individuals who are low-vision and blind, the work proposes a new sensorial experience of dance and theater. The work was presented to a live audience who could choose to experience the show blindfolded and invited six audience members to join the experience onstage.

When: Saturday, September 17th 7pm

Where: Online Virtually

Audio Described Release: Saturday, October 15th at 7pm, Online Virtually


In-Person Location & Accessibility

Beyond Sight: The Making of enVISION will be screened Globally as a YouTube Watch Party and in person at Westgate Wine Bar located at 6405 Westgate Rd # 115 in Raleigh, NC. Seating is limited to first come first serve ticket holders. The wine bar is accessible to individuals using wheelchairs and equipped with accessible restrooms. Parking is available free of charge in the parking lot in front of the building with accessible parking spaces and curb ramp near the entryway. 

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request an accommodation, please contact shaleigh@shaleighdanceworks.com


Ticket Discounts

Discounted tickets are available to individuals who identify as queer, transgender, non-binary and/or intersex, Black, Indigenous, and other LGBTQI+ people of color (QTIBIPOC) as well as individuals who live with disabilities.


National Women’s Theatre Festival presents an excerpt of enVISION: Sensory Beyond Sight

The National Women’s Theatre’a annual Festival is the nation’s largest symposium on gender in theatre and provides a platform for amplifying & celebrating the contributions of women, non-binary, TGNC, and other under-represented gender artists in the field. 

ShaLeigh Dance Works will present a 20-minute excerpt of enVISION: Sensory Beyond Sight at Festival 22. The live audience can choose to experience the work with or without a cover over their eyes.

Four audience members will be invited to join the experience onstage and two seated audience members will receive a more immersive experience.

Those six invited audience members will be taken through a consent-focused orientation process that Festival 22 attendees will be able to observe at the top of the show followed by the performance excerpt.

After the performance, ShaLeigh Dance Works will break down the creation process and answer audience questions!

Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 2:30-4:30pm

Online virtually or in-person at Frank Thompson Hall on the North Carolina State University

Secure your festival pass or attend our single session. Tickets for Individual Performances or Keynotes will be on sale on site:

–– Attend in Raleigh, NC: bit.ly/festival22raleigh

–– Attend Virtually: bit.ly/festival22virtual

–– Attend at the Price Point for You: bit.ly/festival22pwyc

As part of The American Dance Festivals’ 89th Season, ShaLeigh Dance Works proudly presents 

enVISION: Sensory Beyond Sight

an immersive performance that does not require a viewer’s vision

A chiaroscuro image of four dancers gently embracing a blindfolded woman with their hands and heads lightly resting on her. Photo by Slater Mapp.

June 3-5, 2022

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday at 7:30pm and matinees on Saturday & Sunday at 2pm

Doors open 45 minutes before showtimes for pre show experiences

The Fruit 

305 S. Dillard St, Durham NC 27701

enVISION: Sensory Beyond Sight is an immersive interdisciplinary performance that does not solicit the viewer’s sight but rather all their other senses. Specifically conceived with and for individuals who are low-vision and blind, the work proposes a new sensorial experience of dance and theater. The work will be presented to a live audience who can choose to experience the show blindfolded and invites six audience members to join the experience onstage.

The work has brought together a team of collaborators around a single challenge: to tell a story through dance and theater beyond their visual dimension. The forty-five minute work is forged by the elaboration of new atmospheres over a specific journey that tells a collective story through textures, movements, sounds, music, scents, storytelling, and audience participation. Participatory audience members who are sighted will wear a cover on their eyes as they enter the work from the beginning to the end of the performance allowing both sighted and unsighted people to share the experience.


*Please note that tickets purchased at the door will be cash only.

Directed/Filmed/Edited by Michael Washington www.argylerebelfilms.com

The 2022-23 Season will be both on stage and online. Full information about the season will continue to be updated HERE.