Campus window sills, courtyards, gardens, and the steps of Main Hall hosted seven sight-specific dances Thursday morning, despite freezing temperatures.
University of Montana dancers performed at specific locations on campus. Each dance was based on the dancer's vision after an artistic analysis of spaces. Each dancer searched for settings that would best convey the idea of their dance.
"Some of them chose to do an abstract approach, some decided to do a narrative," dance choreographer and educator Brooklin Draper said. "It was up to them as collaborative process if they wanted a narrative."
Among the locations utilized by the dancers were the School of Music's window sills, the courtyard outside of the College of Business, a space with pine trees near the Payne Family Native American Center, Main Hall, and the courtyard between Skaggs and Stone Hall.
The performance is just one of several fall shows from the dance department. The University of Montana's Theatre and Dance program will host Fall Studio Works 2019 at the PARTV building beginning on Nov. 8.
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Regan Tintzman, left, and Brandon Bergren lean back on a bike rail near the end of the dance "Caged Release." They performed above the Urey Lecture Hall, on the brick-covered courtyard.
Talia Randle presses herself against a column located at the basement entry of Main Hall. The setting hosted the dance "Sunshine," set to Composer Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring."
Curious students and professors peer through classroom windows as Hannah Dusek performs "Lost in Disguise" outside the School of Music.
Richard Silverman-King performs "Business Casual" outside of the University's College of Business. New-age artist Garth Stevenson's "The Southern Sea" was used for the performance's music.
Regan Tintzman performs a bowing pose atop a table during the dance "Caged Release" between Skaggs and Stone Hall. Tintzman and her fellow dancers performed to the song "Tubes" by saxophone- and percussion-oriented band Moon Hooch.
Alma Stephens and Kasper The Saint perform a swaying move in front of Main Hall during the dance "Partly Human." The dance was inspired by models who wear Yeezy attire, a clothing line created by rapper Kayne West.
Elijah Fisher, left, and Saige Perchy stand still during the dance "Sunshine." Performers moved slowly during the dance and stood motionless during some segments.