October 21, 2020

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Momentum brings dance to the Alaska Botanical Garden

Dancers with Momentum Dance Collective performed at the Alaska Botanical Garden on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21. The pathway performance “Sugar & Salt” was held in collaboration with The Forest That Never Sleeps, a project of Anchorage musician Kat Moore, whose music was broadcast on 106.1 KONR radio during each of shows. People could also watch the performances online.

“We’ve done a lot of work in unusual spaces and nontraditional theatre spaces. We really like bringing dance into the community,” said executive artistic director and dancer Becky Kendall. “This year was a little different because we had to think very differently not about where we were dancing, but about how people were watching.”

Momentum Dance Collective, now in its 13th year, had scheduled a piece for a stage performance in April.

“When that didn’t happen we had to rethink what a show meant, and we had to rethink what the content would be because the world changed,” Kendall said.

Audience wore masks as the watched Irenerose Castillo danced during Sugar & Salt at the Alaska Botanical Garden on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

“It’s a version of what we were thinking of doing in April,” added Irenerose Casillo. “With the pandemic and people having to be careful with where they are and how they experience things, I thought, maybe we dance on a path. We feel safe at home, we feel safe outside, so why don’t we bring those elements together on this pathway.”

Dancers with Momentum Dance Collective performed live and virtually at the Alaska Botanical Garden on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Dancers from left, Beth Daly Gamble, Stephanie Stepp, and Amy Kofoid with Momentum Dance Collective performed live and virtually at the Alaska Botanical Garden on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Kir Moore and Huey Worrell watched the dance performance on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Dancer Courtney Meneses performs with Momentum Dance Collective at the Alaska Botanical Garden on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Irenerose Casillo and Becky Kendall of Momentum Dance Collective dance during the pathway performance of Sugar & Salt at the Alaska Botanical Garden on Sunday. (Bill Roth / ADN)

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