Canceled - Every Word is Once an Animal Dance Performance

Your Body, Our Language
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 12:00pm to 4:45pm

I: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

II: 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

III: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM 

IV: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Darion Smith - Direction

Composer - Juliet Palmer     

Costumes - Carla Bengtson

Dancers - Agnese Cebere, Kendra Lady,  Amber Noel, Christopher Slayton

Come immerse yourself in an interactive dance exhibit directed by choreographer, Darion Smith in collaboration with composer, Juliet Palmer and dancers. The 45-minute interactive dance exhibit and performance is based on nonverbal communication through the lens of Carla Bengtson's work with western fence lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis) commonly known as the blue-belly. Smith, Palmer, and dancers create a world where sound and movement challenge our senses to reexamine our surroundings and how gesture, innate or learned, reads and is read. 

To begin, the public is invited to observe as well as interact with the dancers who communicate with each other and the public solely through an exchange of gestures, as they move throughout the exhibit. The interactive dance exhibit segues into a performance that follows the dancers in a procession from the Focus Gallery into the Barker Gallery. In the open space of the Barker Gallery the public can observe the dancers perform more nuanced gestures within movement scores in which dance finds common ground with the world of western fence lizards. 

Please check the performance schedule as there are several chances to experience the 45-minute version that includes a 30-minute interactive exhibit and a 15-minute performance. The schedule also includes several chances to experience the 30-minute interactive exhibit by itself.  

This exhibition is part of a collaborative creative project led by UO Professor of Art, Carla Bengtson that merges art, science, dance, music, and olfaction.