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  • “IN//VIS//ABLE (2010)”IN//VIS//ABLE (2010)

    IN//VIS//ABLE dance-theatre, music and poetry DanceCircus Artistic Director ad choreographer Betty Salamun creates a concert of memory, hidden landscapes, shadows seen out of the corner of oneâs eye and stars that become invisible just as one finds them. Memories from elders at Mitchell Manor of what remains âpast, present, time, events, faces â dissolve into fragments, become obscure even vanish and beg the question âwhat is memory?â Guest Chuck Phillipsâ poem âMemoriesâ perceives it as a mountain long ago eroded into small stones we still carry with us. Live music by Steven White adds space for poem, stories and dances to linger in the heart. (photo Deone Jahnke)

Betty Salamun

artist bio

Betty Salamun--resident choreographer, founder and Artistic Director of DanceCircus a modern dance company. Concert works blend dance, theatre and storytelling into collaborations with diverse artists, dancers, composers, musicians, actors, interpreters, poets and writers in original collaborative dance-theatre performances.

artist statement

Betty Salamun resident choreographer, founder and Artistic Director of DanceCircus, a Milwaukee-based modern dance company.

The natural world is creative inspiration for dances and concert programs literally exploring our common ground through dance, music, story and image.

A performance artist from the discipline of modern dance and Laban Movement Analysis, I am interested in defining the emotion behind the motion. As an artist-educator, I blend story telling, inter-disciplinary studies with expressive dance-theatre (dance literacy, eco-dance) using choreographic methods to build performance skills.

Concert programs are curated around themes:
IN//VIS//ABLE (2012) dance-theatre, music and poetry in a concert of memory, hidden landscapes, shadows seen out of the corner of one's eye and stars that become invisible just as one comes into focus. Exposed to AIR (2011) a fascination with tornadoes, WINGS with winged shaped sonic sculpture instruments by Chicagoan Bill Close; a dance to the rhythms of the dancers' breath; and, a talk-dance on the sailing metaphor catching air.
Playing with Fire (2010) collaboration with Jahmes Finlayson and Darele Bisquerra STOP, DROP and ROLL, adaptation of Karen Steele's FIRE and ...for the Trees with stories about forest fires.

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