Performance melds different areas of art

The Western Gallery, the Department of Art and the Dance Program at Western Washington University in Bellingham present a collaborative exhibition and dance residency in the Western Gallery.

The collaboration features a photography exhibit by Dianne Kornberg, performances by Montreal Danse, a student-organized exhibition and talks on various art disciplines.

The internationally acclaimed Montreal Danse will perform at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and April 11 and 12, as well as at 2 p.m. Sunday and April 13 in the Western Gallery. Rehearsals, which are open to the public, will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the gallery.

Each performance will be followed by a discussion involving the audience and professionals in such areas as political science, journalism and psychology.

Tickets for the performance are available through the WWU box office and cost $25 for general admission, $15 for faculty, staff members and seniors, and $10 for students.

One visual backdrop for the performances by Montreal Danse will be an exhibition of photography by Portland artist Dianne Kornberg. Kornberg will display new works, created specifically for this performance through April 13.

Following the Montreal Danse residency, there will be a second exhibition by Kornberg titled “Field Notes: Photographs by Dianne Kornberg, 1992-2007” which will be on display at the Western Gallery from April 18 through May 31.

In “Field Notes,” Kornberg presents detailed photographs of specimens of marine life and the skeletal remains of animal and insects in boxes.

A student-curated exhibition complements the Kornberg displays. A selection of works from the Al and Vera Leese Collection touching on topics of nature, culture, motion and emotion, reflects the Montreal Danse performances.

The collaboration also will feature two free forums. At noon Tuesday, “Dance as a Weapon/Art as Social Commentary” will feature a dialogue with Casey, Montreal Danse’s artistic director, and Sarah Clark-Langager, director of the Western Gallery. At noon Thursday, a forum titled “Visual Dialogues” will host Casey, Kornberg and Sharron Antholt, painter and professor in the Department of Art.

For more event details, see westerngallery.wwu.edu and www.wwu.edu/depts/dance.

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