About the Montana Suite: “The Montana Suite” – Four Dances, Four Nationally Known Choreographers, Four Montana Landscapes, Four Years in the Making, All in One Performance.
For this project we commissioned one dance each year from a nationally known, contemporary dance choreographer, about a particular area of Montana. Each choreographer spent a week to ten days in their assigned region, meeting locals and reading fiction and non-fiction about the place. They then created a 20-minute dance based on their impressions, in collaboration with a Montana-based composer.
Part I: 100 Miles From Forsyth: the Southeastern Corner — Choreographer: Donna Uchizono, Composer: Beryl Lee Heuermann
Part II: the Hi-Line – Choreographer: John Jasperse, Composer: Philip Aaberg
Part III: the Boulder Batholith — Choreographer: Jane Comfort, Composer: Charles Nichols
Part IV: Angel Feet, the Rocky Mountain Front – Choreographer: Lar Lubovitch, Sound Engineer: Dan Hartmann
The goal of the Montana Suite is to celebrate the rich landscapes and diverse cultures of Montana, ultimately creating a “movement anthology” of this beautiful and complex state. It’s an opportunity to look at a place through a new medium, dance. The post-performance talkbacks are great forums for discussions about what makes places unique, what audience members value about the places where they live.