Northern Plains Dance will bring movies to life Friday and Saturday with its presentation of the "Choreographer's Showcase: From the Silver Screen." Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. It is the eighth annual event.
Eight modern dance and contemporary pieces will be performed in the two-hour show, said director Hollis Mackintosh Heid.
She said five guest choreographers and staff have arranged a mix of literal and emotional dance interpretations of movies or represented a specific time period. Choreographers include Josh Wise of Minot, Jennifer McNamara of Nashville, Tenn., David Gensheimer of Nashville; Nathan Powell of Boise, Idaho; and Carly Schaub of Salt Lake City.
“We’ve got the ‘Titanic,’ a piece influenced by silent film era in general, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower,’ ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ and there’s a piece using music from the movie ‘Bernie,’” Mackintosh Heid said.
“Some of the pieces use the techniques of filming dance to emphasize what they’re doing. Some people just use the feeling of the movies. Some have interpreted the music specifically. Some have tried to retell the stories or a section of the story or just tried to get the feeling of an era,” she explained.
Mackintosh Heid assures that an array of costumes will complement the performances and movie themes.
She said the movie theme allowed the choreographers to keep the show fresh. “We try to change the theme drastically every year,” she said. “They should expect a fun evening with a huge variety of dance styles, music and costuming.”
Art pieces from the Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative will provide a backdrop for the performances, according to Mackintosh Heid.
Admission is $15 to $28 per person depending on seating location, but there are discount rates for children under age 12 and senior citizens.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 701-530-0986 or by visiting www.northenplainsdance.org.