UM Students to Perform ‘Dance Up Close’ in November

October 22, 2018

Tiki Preston dances to her choreography in “Dance Up Close.” Photo credit: William Munoz.MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance again will present its innovative and immersive dance concert “Dance Up Close” to audiences next month.

“Dance Up Close,” produced by UM dance Associate Professor Heidi Jones Eggert, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3, as well as 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Masquer Theatre in UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center.

General admission tickets cost $20, while senior and student tickets are $16. Admission for children 12 and younger is $10. Tickets are available by calling the UMArts Box Office at 406-243-4581 from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or ordering online at http://www.umt.edu/umarts/theatredance/.

A highlight of the UM Dance Program’s season, this annual black box theater showcases new, original work of emerging and established dance artists in an intimate setting and gives developing designers the opportunity to collaborate with those performers.

This year’s “Dance Up Close” will feature 10 new and diverse works choreographed by dance majors, including nine impressive junior projects – a requirement of the undergraduate dance curriculum.

“Dancing with the Dead” is a collaborative project devised by senior dance Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate Katie Conrad and English literature Professor Ashby Kinch. The piece focuses on re-imagining the medieval multimedia performance known as the “Danse Macabre,” or dance of death. Dancers, writers and actors have worked together to explore death, dying and loss in words and dance that express the desire to understand this moment of transformation in human experience.

Junior dance major Noelle Huser presents “Pigeon Post.” This piece explores human empathy and the way our brains are wired to communicate and evolve with technology. It serves as a post-apocalyptic warning of isolation in a wasteland of technology, where humanity evolves in cyborg-ian realms.

Rakel Tangvald, a junior dance major, performs in her own work alongside two other dancers in “Staging Perception.” A video designed by Tangvald plays in the background while the three live dancers express their internal drive, rhythm and artistry. This piece explores individual inherent “small dances” and how they might interact with the “small dances” of others.

A complete schedule of UM School of Theatre & Dance productions for the 2018-19 academic year is online at http://www.umt.edu/umarts/theatredance/Season/18-19-season.php.

For more information on “Dance Up Close,” call Eggert at 406-529-5401 or email heidi.eggert@umontana.edu.

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Contact: Heidi Jones Eggert, associate professor of dance, UM School of Theatre & Dance, 406-529-5401, heidi.eggert@umontana.edu.