Wyoming Arts Council

“Revolution of Spirit” dance concert opens Feb. 25 at Casper College

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From a Casper College press release:

As part of the Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance Department’s season theme “Revolution” the spring dance concert “Revolution of Spirit – The Art and Culture of Wyoming” will look at “What makes Wyoming special and so different that artists, professionals, and ranchers could occupy the same space, and want to do so?” said Jodi Youmans-Jones, director and choreographer of the show.

In a departure from past years, the dance concert will take place on the McMurry Mainstage, to allow more people to see the concert, which has sold out in past years. “This phrase and the ability to say ‘I grew up in Wyoming’ has always been important to me. ‘But why?’ was the question I asked myself when I started thinking about the premise of this show. As I continued to uncover more about Wyoming through research and myself, I began to be able to put into words, and then movement, about the why here? Why Wyoming? It is said that a true Wyomingite will have the strength of the eagle, the feistiness of a wild horse, and be as protective of its community as a mountain lion. All of these animals can be found in Wyoming and along with others are the inspirations for some of the movement and makeup in this production,” said Youmans-Jones, coordinator of dance at Casper College.

“The life and culture of Wyoming is unique and adventurous at best,” noted Youmans-Jones, “and ‘Revolution of Spirit’ is a dance concert highlighting the uniqueness of Wyoming’s roots and culture, from cowboys to city lights, and the art that was inspired along the way. The spirit of Wyoming has always been strong and often has been at the forefront of revolution in thinking. Those attending this dance concert will experience the power of Wyoming strong in art form as the culture and spirit of Wyoming unfolds in dance during this contemporary dance concert,” she said.

“Revolution of Spirit – The Art and Culture of Wyoming” will be the Wednesday night feature of the 2015 Casper College Humanities Festival on February 25 at 7:30 p.m. Other performances are scheduled for February 26-27 and March 4-5 at7:30 p.m., February 28 at 5:30 and 8 p.m. and March 1 at 2 p.m. Talk backs, which allows the audience to share their thoughts and ask questions about the production with the director and others, will take place following the shows on February 25-27 andMarch 1 and 4.

Tickets for “Revolution of Spirit” are $12 for adults and $10 for students ages 5 to 18 and are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the Krampert Theatre Complex Box Office between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, by phone at 307-268-2500, one hour before each performance, for that performance only, or online at caspercollege.edu/theatre. The McMurry Mainstage is located in the Gertrude Krampert Theatre Complex on the Casper College campus.

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