‘The Power of Play’ merges science and art at Ucross

UCROSS, Wyo. — Live performances of dance and music will open an artistic afternoon at the Ucross Foundation’s Big Red Barn loft and gallery on Saturday, July 2.

The performances will begin in the loft at 1 p.m., followed by an interactive art and science exhibition in the gallery from 2 to 3 p.m. The full event, which includes refreshments, is free and open to the public. During the afternoon, guests may meet and talk with nearly 20 artists, writers, composers, musicians, singers and scientists.

Leading the program for “The Power of Play” will be “Impinged,” a work that involves the poisoning of bees, inspired by the movement research of choreographer Rachael L. Shaw working in collaboration with biologist Michael E. Dillon. The dance will be performed by Shaw along with Kristel Rose Tedesco. Fractures, Powder River Aria and Duet will come next — three pieces from a “rock” (think: geological) opera entitled “Clinker,” co-created by composer Anne Guzzo and geologist Ron Frost.

The work will be performed by seven members of the Colorado Chamber Orchestra, including two vocalists. Thomas A. Blomster, who will be returning to Ucross for the first time since a residency in 1988, will conduct the ensemble.

The creators of these artistic works are part of the group of four artists and four scientists from the University of Wyoming who first came together to work at Ucross in the summer of 2014. Northeastern Wyoming has seen their early efforts in a Saturday program at Ucross in 2014, and in the documentary film “The Ucross Experiment” shown at the Mars Black Theater at the WYO Theater in 2015.

“The Power of Play” reveals more of the group’s discoveries as they have continued to collaborate.

For further information or group arrangements, call (307) 737-2291 or email tkikut@ucross.org. The gallery is located ½ mile east of the intersection of Highways 14 and 16, 10 miles west of Clearmont, Wyo.