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Sep 5, 2014

Missoula's Bare Bait Dance to Present "Wall City News" at FVCC

Bare Bait Dance performs “Wall City News.”
Bare Bait Dance performs “Wall City News.”

Missoula’s Bare Bait Dance will return to the Flathead Valley Community College Theatre stage, kicking off FVCC Theatre’s fall season with a free special performance of “Wall City News” September 12.

An evening-length dance work by Bare Bait Dance Artistic Director Joy French, “Wall City News” takes an insightful and tremendously physical look at prisons and prison newspapers at the turn of the 20th century. French and her company of seven professional dancers delve inside the four cold four walls of a cell to ask fundamental questions, such as what the prisoners were writing about, who was reading the papers, and who had the control? At times brutal, often empowering and always engaging, “Wall City News”explores the physicality of being locked away in a multidisciplinary and provocative evening of dance, theatre and film.

Bare Bait Dance performs “Wall City News.”
Bare Bait Dance performs “Wall City News.”

 

Performance highlights include original music created by Missoula musician John Sporman featuring both instrumental composition and sounds recorded by Sporman at the Old MontanaPrison in Deer Lodge. In addition to the choreography, a video backdropshowcases imagery from the Old Montana Prison and additional recorded performances by the dancers.

 

Open to the public, the show will be performed at 7 p.m. in the FVCC Theatre inside the Arts and Technology Building on the college’s Kalispell campus. Seating is limited and will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.

In residence at The University of Montana’s School of Theatre and Dance, Bare Bait Dance (BBD) is Montana’s newest professional dance company. Now in its fourth year of performing and touring in the state and region, the company creates original, contemporary modern dance in Montana for Montanans. A foundational goal of the company is to tour throughout the state bringing dance, performances and workshops to smaller Montana communities.

 

For more information, contact Bare Bait Dance at barebaitdance.org, barebaitdance@gmail.com or (406) 214-0097.