UM to showcase Dance New Works in movement and light

By Missoula Current

The University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance will present the work of emerging choreographers next month, celebrating the up-and-coming talents of its graduating seniors.

The imaginative new format of Dance New Works offers the audience an immersive viewing experience split into three programs.

Program I highlights choreography by first-year dance majors Noelle Huser and Tiki Preston. The two choreographers will showcase nuance and maturity in their choreographic contributions.

A sneak preview of guest artist Brian Gerke’s latest works will also be featured in Program I. Known for his music and imagery, Gerke will complete his newest piece for UM dance students for Fall 2017.

Program II will also premiere with experimental and live performances, each conceptualized and produced by four creative teams of choreography and lighting design students.

Beginning the creative process together, the final works produced in this concert demonstrate the connectivity between movement and light, and how this relationship can be presented to take audiences on original and unexpected journeys.

Program III features the work of Hannah Dahl, Wyatt Guerrero, Caroline Kinsley, Kathryn Louise, Carissa Lund and Gina Sgrenci.

This collection of work is as diverse as the artists, reflecting their curiosity about the multiple ways one can approach dance and performance. The audience will see dance as a communicative art, a partner of music and a subject for the camera.

Each performance takes place from May 2-6 at the Open Space in the PAR/TV Center on the University of Montana campus. General Admission is $9 and $6 for students. For more information, call 406-243-4581.

Program I: Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.

Program II: Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Program III: Thursday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.