If you haven't heard of the Underground Studio Showcase, you are forgiven. Underground events tend to be this way: by word-of-mouth, and a little secretive. The one hour showcase, hosted by Amy Ragsdale of Headwaters Dance Co., takes place in her dance studio behind her home, and it happens only twice a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. And it can be anything from dance to theater to music to literary readings. The studio provides an intimate setting—it seats only 40 people, and performers are often in the middle of the room, making it feel cozy, giving you a chance to see various angles of a performance. Though it's not spontaneous it feels spontaneous, like you're in someone's living room and suddenly a person shows up to entertain the guests.
One of my favorites was in Feb. 2012 when Brian Gerke and Steinunn Ketilsdóttir performed a dance piece that entailed them locking mouths—jaws nearly unhinged—and moving together as they breathed into each other's bodies. It was strange and magical, and it induced a sense of urgency since they were breathing rapidly. These showcases are good for seeing experimental artists and favorite local artists showing off their talents in this intimate little space.
Past performers have included dancers from Headwaters Dance Co. and Bare Bait Dance; writers like Fred Haefele, Caroline Patterson, Judy Blunt, Josh Slotnick and Melissa Mylchreest; and music from the Floating Feather Ensemble, Ouzel, the Tuesday Night Flute Club, the Montana Womens Chorus and the Childbloom Guitar Ensemble.
Tonight's show offers dance from Headwaters Dance Co. who will be presenting two pieces from their upcoming concert; a performance from comediennes Teresa Waldorf and Rosie Ayers who are presenting "Lucinda and Lulinda, the Home Shopping Girls"; and writer Kim Zupan, best known for his short stories about Montana. And there's wine and cheese.
Headwaters Dance Co. presents: The Fall Underground Studio Showcase, Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 PM. $5 at the door. Performance is at Headwaters' Home Studio (go to www.headwatersdance.net for street address) or contact Amy Ragsdale, 728-1131, firstname.lastname@example.org. Get there early. Seating is limited to 40. No reservations.