Video documenting creative process of Co-Motion Dance Project's exploration role of fire creating active audience dance for schools.
William Munoz is producing a video documentary of the creative process of the collaboration between the five dancers and professor of dance at the University of Montana Karen Kaufmann.
The project is in two phases. The first will show the beginnings of the process. Developing the script, the choreographed movements, rehearsals all leading up to the final performance and touring to Western Montana schools. A 30 minute DVD showing the process along with the 45 minute performance will be made.
The second phase of the project will be creating a multidiscipline interactive DVD that can be used in the classroom. It will look at the role of fire in an ecosystem, the physics of fire, and how forests regenerate after a fire. Another component will be exploring the artistic creative process through dance. What goes into script writing, choreography. A simple dance that can be learned in class will be given with the steps broken down . The goals are to bring science alive through dance and learn how dance gets inspiration from the physical world. The US Forest Service Fire Lab is serving as a partner with Co-Motion Dance Project.
The funds will be used for equipment, travel expenses.
Shooting began in September of 2011 and will continue through February 2012 for phase one.
In addition to Karen Kaufmann, the dancers are Allison Herther, Dagny Deutchman, Kaitlin Kinsley, Amanda Grace, and Michael Becker all dance majors at the University of Montana. Joy French is also choreographing one section of the production
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