Coal drama headed to Huntington

Nov 12, 2013

"A Coal History" depicts the history of the coal mining industry in Appalachia.
Credit wvdanceco.com

A concert of modern dance that explores the history of the coal mining industry in Appalachia is touring Southern West Virginia. 

Two groups are working together to tell the story of the coal industry in Appalachia from the turn of the century to the 1920’s. 

The National Coal Heritage Area Authority (NCHAA) and the West Virginia Dance Company (WVDC), teamed up to create a performance called, "A Coal History". 

The choreography throughout a series of works depict immigrants passing through Ellis Island, African-Americans coming from the south, and locals all making their journey into the mines. 

The production is a collection of performances and representatives say are appropriate for all ages. Creators say:

"It is a chapter of bittersweet history that West Virginian’s should never forget."

The performances are open to the public. 

The West Virginia Dance company travels to Huntington High School in Huntington on Sunday November 17 at 2 o'clock.