This is a different kind of meat adventure than what Jon Tester had in D.C.
In “MEAT,” 11 dancers in nude underwear take the stage in front of a backdrop that evokes an industrial factory. They hold their arms semi-bent in front of their bodies in an unnatural manner—faces vacant—and they move in odd, sometimes beautiful ways as if they were super-robots (who only just look like humans) in a Minority Report-style.
The fascinating and kind of creepy piece, choreographed by UM alumnus Brian Gerke and his Icelandic dance partner Steinunn Ketilsdóttir, was chosen to represent UM’s Dance Program at The National College Dance Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. May 24—27.
“MEAT” and another UM piece “My Body,” choreographed by Collin Ranf, hit the American College Dance Festival Association’s regional conference in Salt Lake City earlier this month— it's one of 11 regional conferences in the country competing for the national showcase. “MEAT” was one of 30 pieces chosen out of all the regional showcases to go to D.C. This is the second time in as many years that UM made it to the national stage. Last year, the piece “Prey” by renowned choreography Bebe Miller, made it to the national stage.
Check out these photos from “MEAT,” by the amazing Neil Chaput de Saintonge.
By Neil Chaput de Saintonge