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Yuki behind the scenes with Echoing Passages

July 3, 2015
By Anna Seaton Huntington

Seven young women in the final stages of preparing for the Echoing Passages performance on Friday, July 10 at the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City's Historic Theatre, recently invited sculptor Masayuki Nagase to the Black Hills Academy of Dance Arts studio near Canyon Lake to see their work in progress.

Under the leadership of choreographer and dancer Sara Olivier, the dancers have worked to collectively interpret the meaning behind Passage of Wind and Water. They've blended their understanding of the sculptor's metaphors and themes with their own impressions and responses to the work and choreographed several dances to express the whole.

The dancers are part of the larger Echoing Passages Arts Collaborative that encompasses a group of South Dakota artists working across disciplines — dance, film, poetry and music — to create work inspired by Passage of Wind and Water.

The upcoming Echoing Passages performance is the second in a series of events planned to unfold alongside Yuki's work in Rapid City, culminating in a major performance in 2017. Read more about Yuki's visit to the Echoing Passages ehearsal On the Blog.

Local dancer and choreographer Sara Olivier approached Yuki not long after he had been selected as the artist for The Sculpture Project about creating a cross-artistic performance collaboration. This was a first for Yuki. He agreed, and now Echoing Passages, which includes original dance, film, poetry and music inspired by Passage of Wind and Water, is unfolding alongside Yuki's work over five years.

Sara, 30, works with me as a Collaborative Strategist for Arts Rapid City and she teaches at Academy of Dance Arts. She and her husband, Austin, have a son, Henry, 5. Sara often says Echoing Passages is "for and about the community." Read more her process in the Q&A below and find out how you can get involved. Find more information about the projec, the artists and see more photos here.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-q-and-a-sara.html#sthash.T7QNM7Tm.dpuf

Local dancer and choreographer Sara Olivier approached Yuki not long after he had been selected as the artist for The Sculpture Project about creating a cross-artistic performance collaboration. This was a first for Yuki. He agreed, and now Echoing Passages, which includes original dance, film, poetry and music inspired by Passage of Wind and Water, is unfolding alongside Yuki's work over five years.

Sara, 30, works with me as a Collaborative Strategist for Arts Rapid City and she teaches at Academy of Dance Arts. She and her husband, Austin, have a son, Henry, 5. Sara often says Echoing Passages is "for and about the community." Read more her process in the Q&A below and find out how you can get involved. Find more information about the projec, the artists and see more photos here.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-q-and-a-sara.html#sthash.T7QNM7Tm.dpuf

Q: Please describe how getting students into their communities affects learning?

A: Passage to Schools lessons use a current community project to connect students' classroom learning to their wider community. When teachers link community events and projects to what their students are learning in the classroom, students are motivated to think at high levels because the learning feels relevant.

Q: Do these lessons stretch or go a little deeper than traditional lessons? How are they different than traditional classroom lessons?

A: These lessons are innovative in several ways.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-gabrielle-q-and-a.html#sthash.mWx4WOx0.dpuf

Q: Please describe how getting students into their communities affects learning?

A: Passage to Schools lessons use a current community project to connect students' classroom learning to their wider community. When teachers link community events and projects to what their students are learning in the classroom, students are motivated to think at high levels because the learning feels relevant.

Q: Do these lessons stretch or go a little deeper than traditional lessons? How are they different than traditional classroom lessons?

A: These lessons are innovative in several ways.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-gabrielle-q-and-a.html#sthash.mWx4WOx0.dpuf

Q: Please describe how getting students into their communities affects learning?

A: Passage to Schools lessons use a current community project to connect students' classroom learning to their wider community. When teachers link community events and projects to what their students are learning in the classroom, students are motivated to think at high levels because the learning feels relevant.

Q: Do these lessons stretch or go a little deeper than traditional lessons? How are they different than traditional classroom lessons?

A: These lessons are innovative in several ways.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-gabrielle-q-and-a.html#sthash.mWx4WOx0.dpuf

Are you percolating an original art project that needs seed money to get off the ground? Apply for a Sculpture Project Arts Programming Grant.

The grants, up to $5,000, are for art projects of all kinds that connect to The Sculpture Project. Projects need a downtown Rapid City connection, special consideration is given to proposals that include partners and collaborators, and a funding match is required. The final 2014 deadline is June 1.

The application is simple (really!) and can be found here. If you have questions about whether your project fits the criteria or about how to complete the application, please don't hesitate to contact anna@destinationrapidcity.com.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-grants.html#sthash.iCHw0Jt5.dpuf

Are you percolating an original art project that needs seed money to get off the ground? Apply for a Sculpture Project Arts Programming Grant.

The grants, up to $5,000, are for art projects of all kinds that connect to The Sculpture Project. Projects need a downtown Rapid City connection, special consideration is given to proposals that include partners and collaborators, and a funding match is required. The final 2014 deadline is June 1.

The application is simple (really!) and can be found here. If you have questions about whether your project fits the criteria or about how to complete the application, please don't hesitate to contact anna@destinationrapidcity.com.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-grants.html#sthash.iCHw0Jt5.dpuf

Are you percolating an original art project that needs seed money to get off the ground? Apply for a Sculpture Project Arts Programming Grant.

The grants, up to $5,000, are for art projects of all kinds that connect to The Sculpture Project. Projects need a downtown Rapid City connection, special consideration is given to proposals that include partners and collaborators, and a funding match is required. The final 2014 deadline is June 1.

The application is simple (really!) and can be found here. If you have questions about whether your project fits the criteria or about how to complete the application, please don't hesitate to contact anna@destinationrapidcity.com.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-grants.html#sthash.iCHw0Jt5.dpuf

Christine Stewart shared a first draft of Part One of Passage of Wind and Water: A Choral Poem.

Christine writes that this draft is, "Inspired by the work of Mrs. Garrett's sixth-graders (Southwest Middle School) as well as several of the adult participants who have sent me lines, poems, and bits of prose. I have drafted the "wind" section of the choral poem. Several parts seem to be shaping up: stars, water, wind, stone, prairie. I'm eager to collect more submissions, so please send yours as soon as possible."

A choral poem is a poem designed to be read aloud by two or more people in a group setting. This first draft is crafted for three readers. To read the poem,

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-poem-draft.html#sthash.NYN9dc4F.dpuf

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