UW Presents Vertical Dance at Vedauwoo

August 16, 2013
Two women dancing
The natural rock formations at Vedauwoo offering a spectacular setting for the vertical dance performances. (UW Photo)

The University of Wyoming’s 2013 Snowy Range Summer Theatre and Dance Festival concludes Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25, with “Vertical Dance at Vedauwoo: Poetic Motion.”

The performances will be presented in the Box Canyon area of the Vedauwoo recreation area, 16 miles east of Laramie off Interstate 80.  The Aug. 24 performances will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the Aug.  25 performance starts at 11 a.m. Tickets cost $8 in advance or $10 at the site. They can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at www.uwyo.edu/finearts or by calling (307) 766-6666.

Buses onsite will transport patrons from the designated parking area to a drop-off point in the Box Canyon parking lot, from which there is a 10-minute walk up a gravel path to the performance area. 

Since 1998, “Vertical Dance at Vedauwoo” has been an end-of-summer favorite with local audiences, with the natural rock formations at Vedauwoo offering a spectacular setting for the dance. Created by Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance Margaret Wilson and Professor of Geology Neil Humphrey, the vertical dance choreography features UW students dancing on rocks both near to and far away from the audience. 

The choreography is inspired by the poems of UW Creative Writing faculty members Kate Northrop and Harvey Hix, and the music is composed and performed by “Lights along the Shore,” comprising Rod Garnett (nai flute), Blake McGee (bass clarinet) and Lisa Rickard (keyboard/piano) with Steve Barnhart (percussion).  The production will be a unique blend of music, spoken word and movement, with local storyteller, Paul Taylor, presenting the poetry. 

The seating area is first-come, first-served, with seating mainly on the ground. Sunscreen, water and a blanket to sit on are recommended.

Vedauwoo is a natural recreation area and can be challenging terrain.  Minimal ADA accommodations are available, and patrons should contact the box office as soon as possible for further information. The vertical dance performances are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.

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