OMAHA, Ne. — The concept is broad, but the works are short: 45 to 60 seconds in most cases. That’s the unique feature of 45° Celsius, Omaha’s first “movement arts festival.”
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“Sometimes the most challenging part of creativity is deciding what to leave out,” said festival coordinator Liz Ivkovich. “Our artists met that challenge head-on — and the result is a program that’s wide-ranging, innovative, and a lot of fun to watch.”
The results will be on view in an outdoor, free-admission performance on Sunday, August 14, at the Stinson Park Amphitheater in Aksarben Village. The event will begin at 6 pm with a half-hour concert by local musicians, followed by the 45-minute movement arts concert beginning at 7 pm.
Sponsored by the Omaha Modern Dance Collective, 45° Celsius will feature solo and group movement works created by thirteen artists on a total of more than 50 dancers. Styles of work on the program include mainstream modern and urban contemporary dance, a dance/yoga hybrid, a work incorporating hula-hoop performers, and a “flash-mob” work in which the audience will be invited to participate.
Featured guest artist Maya Taylor is staging a solo and a group work for the performance. Taylor, daughter of influential Omaha choreographer Mary Waugh Taylor [1956-2010], is a professional dance performer, choreographer and teacher who divides her time between Omaha and New York. She is a graduate of the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance program, and toured internationally with the Elisa Monte Dance company from 2006 through 2009.
Ticket information: No ticket required! The performance is free (although donations will be welcome.)