UW Vertical Dance At Vedauwoo Starts Tomorrow

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UW alumna Emily Brumbaugh soars among the rocks at Vedauwoo during a 2013 vertical dance performance. (Skip Harper Photo)

The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Dancing between Earth and Sky: Vertical Dance at Vedauwoo” Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26.

Three performances will be presented at the Vedauwoo Recreation Area, 16 miles east of Laramie, off Interstate 80. The Aug. 25 performances will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the Aug. 26 performance will start at 11 a.m.

Seating is limited by the terrain. General admission tickets — for people, as well as dogs — are $8 in advance. They can be purchased by calling (307) 766-6666; going online at www.uwyo.edu/finearts; or by visiting the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts box office, Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Only limited tickets will be available for sale on-site for $10. Patrons are encouraged to buy tickets in advance.

Since 1998, “Vertical Dance at Vedauwoo” has been an end-of-summer favorite with local audiences. The natural rock formations at Vedauwoo offer a spectacular setting for the dance.

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Created and co-directed by Margaret Wilson, a UW professor of dance, and Neil Humphrey, a UW professor of geology, the site-specific vertical dance performances feature dancers performing on rocks both near and far away from the audience.

“We are looking forward to performing at Vedauwoo again,” Wilson says. “Our last performance was in 2013. We have an excellent group of students and guests with whom we are excited to be performing.”

UW Department of Theatre and Dance performers will be joined by guest artists Kate Lawrence and Simon Edwards, from Vertical Dance Kate Lawrence in Wales; and Maliina Jensen, a UW alumna who creates vertical dance in Nuuk, Greenland.

“We are inspired by the range of natural elements that exist in the space between earth and sky, including wind, birds, clouds, rustling leaves, sound and light,” Wilson says.

Live music will be provided by UW musical theater faculty member Sean Stone, keyboards/piano; and Lights Along the Shore members Lisa Rickard, keyboards/piano; Rod Garnett, flute; and Jesse Lee, percussion. The musical score will feature original compositions by Stone and Rickard, as well as adaptations of poetry and musical forms from all around the world.

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“We are excited to be working with members of Lights Along the Shore and Sean Stone again,” Wilson says. “It is a pleasure to collaborate with these artists in the development of new ideas for music and dance pieces.”

UW’s vertical dance performances are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.

For more information, call Kathy Kirkaldie, UW Fine Arts coordinator, at (307) 766-2160 or email [email protected].