Billings poet Dave Caserio has assembled a diverse group of performance artists for his latest offering, “Arc of the Communal,” set for Saturday, June 9, at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.’s Garage Pub.
Lead-in music starts at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. The event, wirtten and directed by Caserio, features poetry, music, art, drama, dance and stories.
“I was thinking about all of the talent we have in the arts in Billings and of the great audiences and venues that exist in our city and how it helps create a sense of community and identity and connection and enrichment,” Caserio said. “So I wanted to include more of these diverse and talented artists into the show. But I was also thinking about the larger community of exchange and influence that I have experienced in my life from family, to teachers, to poets and other artists, living and dead, who have affected me and who find their way into my poetry.”
Caserio said the title of the event combines the definitions behind the words arc and ark. He said individuals carry their life experiences with them like an ark carried animals.
“We look to preserve and share the content and meaning of those experiences with others,” Caserio said. “That is one function of art. And if we trace the path of how our lives and art have come to be, it is like following the arc of the sun or the moon as they move along their path.”
The event will feature musicians and vocalists, including Parker Brown, Dan Charney, Brad Edwards, Alex Nauman, John and Katy Kemmick, and William Mouat. Ricki Lu Feeley, founding director of Terpsichore Dance Company, will perform in addition to the top four Billings Slam poets, Pete Tolton, Anna Paige, Nate Peterson and James Hickman.
The Rocky Mountain College Jazz Ensemble will sell barbecue items as a fundraiser for their group.