The dancers who make up Terpsichore Dance Company are growing more comfortable with each other and their role as innovators in the Montana dance scene.
This must be a relief for the founder of Terpsichore, Ricki Feeley, as she prepares for the troupe’s fall showcase, which is Saturday at Petro Theatre at Montana State University Billings. It is the troupe’s third performance in the last 12 months.
In the beginning, Feeley featured her choreography exclusively. Now, in addition to Feeley, other dancers have stepped up to create pieces. Feeley’s works have her theatrical touch and are signature dances for Terpsichore Dance Company. But other styles of choreography, including pieces designed by company members Krista Marshall and Carly Green, are strong additions to the fall program. Nicole Ament also contributes choreography for two solo pieces performed by Krista Marshall and Alys Marshall.
The show “Les Révélations des Femmes” will be performed at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. The program will feature unique additions, including a poem read by Billings performance poet Dave Caserio and impromptu dances created around music by Katy Kemmick at the matinee show and Lacey Reyer at the evening performance.
“It seemed that all of the pieces had some kind of discovery process that led to an unveiling, realization, revelation of self,” Feeley said.
The program includes 11 choreographed dance numbers and a musical interlude where an impromptu dance will be performed by “whoever is the bravest,” Feeley said.
All of the pieces are fairly aerobic, requiring the experienced, mostly adult dancers to balance stamina, breathing and control. At 16, Alys Marshall is the youngest member of the company.
The program begins and ends with big numbers. The first, “Montana,” involves 10 dancers erupting from the floor as flowing, earthy flora set to music by Dinah Washington and Max Richter. The final piece “Unto the Carnivore” has five dancers stalking the stage in wolf-like aggressive movements.
One piece has three dancers, Krista Marshall, Tami Hunt and Allison McLean, dancing en pointe to a work titled “Muse,” which Feeley said is about the love and inspiration she gives and receives from her two young daughters.
“It’s about letting go and trusting in my love for them that they will make the right choices,” Feeley said.
“Muse” ends in a touching moment where the three dancers fold together, arms encircling each other in a group hug.