UM School of Theatre & Dance to Present ‘Dance in Concert’

February 26, 2018

MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance will celebrate sophisticated and cutting-edge original choreography during its “Dance in Concert” in March.

Performances of “Dance in Concert,” produced by UM dance Professor Karen Kaufmann, will run at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 8-10, and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the Montana Theatre in UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center.

General admission tickets cost $20, while senior and student tickets cost $16. Admission for children ages 12 and under is $10. Tickets are available at the UMArts Box Office at 406-243-4581 from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or online at

New works by guest artists and faculty from the renowned UM Dance Program will share the stage of UM’s beautiful Montana Theatre, where audiences can experience six inspiring dance works and one dance video. This year’s “Dance in Concert” will include contemporary modern dance, an excerpt of an evening-length work from American master Meredith Monk and multiple pieces that feature student-faculty collaboration.

Guest artist and UM alumnus Brian Gerke has created a new work with Natalie Oliver in collaboration with eight UM students, featuring set and costumes designed by Professor Alessia Carpoca and a video project created by Oliver. Gerke’s recent works focus on observing and treasuring individuality in a culture that, at least subliminally, encourages conformity.

“Gerke hopes to illustrate the collateral beauty in the violence that is created when two points of tension or two value systems converge,” Kaufmann said.

This work also will represent the UM School of Theatre & Dance in the adjudicated concert at the Northwest Regional Conference of the American College Dance Association in Boulder, Colorado, later this month.

Another guest artist, Marie Barnett, will feature a celebration of Tom Petty’s musical contributions to the world.

“Set in neoclassical ballet style with sections danced on pointe, the choreography is set to three songs, all of which inspire playful imagination and joyful movement,” Kaufmann said.

For more information on “Dance in Concert,” call Kaufmann at 406-243-2870 or email A complete schedule of UM School of Theatre & Dance productions for the 2017-18 academic year is online at


Contact: Karen Kaufmann, UM professor of dance, 406-243-2870,