Our season commences with UM Dancers on Location: A Site-Specific Dance Concert. This free concert presents dances as installations in unusual venues across campus. Dances are created for a specific site, such as fire escapes, groves of trees, elevators, stairwells, bridges, rivers, roofs of buildings, and sculptures. While this concert poses a remarkable opportunity for choreographers to envision making dance in a wholly new fashion, and provides a new vantage point for the audience – one that travels rather than remaining stationary in a traditional theater.
The Dance Up Close Concert concludes the fall semester, celebrating new dances generated by students, faculty, and guest artists. Produced in the intimate black box Masquer Theatre with the audience seated on three-sides, this concert features work that ranges in genre, scope and size as well as original lighting designs created by the School’s Design/Tech students.
Studio Works: An Informal Dance Concert is performed in the Open Space in front of consistently sold-out audiences. This highly anticipated Informal Dance Concert offers novice, experienced and professional choreographers the opportunity to choreograph for an experimental venue.
The American College Dance Association (ACDA) Benefit Concert, held at the beginning of spring term helps UM dance students fundraise to attend the annual northwest conference of ACDFA, sponsored by a different university each year. Held in the Open Space, this concert is primarily produced by the students and features choreography selected to be performed at ACDA.
Dance New Works, performed in the Open Space, provides opportunities for students, faculty, and guest artists to experiment with new dance concepts and ideas in choreography. Dances include solos, duets, and large group works and range from contemporary modern dance, jazz, ballet to work derived from contact improvisation. Choreography is supported by lighting designs created by the School’s Design/Tech students.
The annual spring Dance In Concert, is performed in the beautiful Montana Theatre, a 499-seat theatre proscenium stage. Featuring the most finely crafted, performed and developed choreography presented throughout the year, the spring Dance In Concert celebrates excellent dance created by guest artists, faculty, students and alumni. This concert is fully produced and features beautiful costume and lighting designs conceived and constructed by the School’s advanced Design/Tech students.