UM School of Theatre & Dance to Present DANCE IN CONCERT, 3/19-22

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UM School of Theatre & Dance to Present DANCE IN CONCERT, 3/19-22The UM School of Theatre & Dance celebrates the sophisticated, rich, whimsical, comedic, and cutting-edge original choreography in its upcoming production of Dance in Concert. New works conceived by guest artists, students, and faculty of the nationally and internationally renowned UM Dance Program will grace the beautiful Montana Theatre's stage in this sensational dance production. Join us to take in, interpret, and respond to eight inspiring dance works with styles including contemporary modern dance, ballet, and multimedia dance fusion.

This year, the Dance Program is honored to present guest artist KT Niehoff's The Top of a Very Tall Mountain, which was set on UM dance majors during a two-week residency in January. Ms. Niehoff, based in Seattle, is a respected and daring artist in the contemporary dance field. She trained the UM cast in her physical modality "unhinge" in order to create a dance for them using this aesthetic. Seven dancers and two vocalists expose individual vulnerabilities and common strengths in order to exhibit their power in community.

Ballet will once again grace the UM Montana Theatre stage when the School of Theatre & Dance produces the entire second act of one of ballet's most well-known classics-Swan Lake. Complete with Tchaikovsky's haunting score, the piece has been re-staged by Associate Professor Michele Antonioli with a scenic backdrop designed by Professor Alessia Carpoca, and costumes provided through a fundraising campaign. Dance majors Jessie Lesar and Jaime Curtin will dance the roles of Odette and Siegfried in this iconic love story.

Visiting Assistant Professor and Artistic Director of Missoula's Bare Bait Dance Company, Joy French, presents an excerpt of her highly acclaimed collaboration with the UM School of Music, The Legend of Orpheus.

Associate Professor Heidi Jones Eggert and dance major Jordan Freeman present Cadence: a high energy contemporary blend of hip hop, dynamic modern dance, and live percussion.

Missoula audiences will be gifted with a rare treat as UM Dance faculty Nicole Bradley Browning and Heidi Jones Eggert perform 38, choreographed by dance program alumni Allison Herther. Don't miss this unique opportunity to see these professional dancers and colleagues perform together for the first time in Montana.

Jes Mullette, UM Dance Program guest faculty, created The Enduring Season, originally crafted for Missoula's Bare Bait Dance Company. We are pleased to present this complex distillation of the beauty and stark realities of Montana winters performed by Bare Bait Dance company members.

Presented in the beautiful Montana Theatre, this breathtaking accumulation of work by guest artists, faculty, and students should not be missed!

UM School of Theatre & Dance
Dance in Concert

When: March 19-22, 2014
Performances nightly at 7:30 pm
Where: Montana Theatre, in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center-
on the UM campus
Tickets: $20 general, $16 seniors and students (w/ student ID)
How: UMArts Box Office, 243-4581, or online at:

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