At MASC our sense of community is strong. We support and collaborate with other movement artists in our area. Here is a bit about the companies we work with, including our artist’s in residence.

We are pleased to announce MASC Studio’s Artist’s in Residency Arts & Above!

About Arts & Above: 

Arts & Above is a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary performing arts organization based in Missoula, Montana.

We create dances, music, visual arts, installations, films, and more.

We present live performances for the local community, as well as nationally, and internationally.

We perform in conventional and unconventional spaces, from proscenium to blackbox stages, and art galleries and the open nature.

We provide educational opportunities through on-going movement classes, workshops, and residencies, and are committed to reaching out to people of all ages and backgrounds.

We are developing an annual art exposition in Missoula, which brings professional artists together. Such effort collides local, national, and international voices, to deepen individual expression and contribute to Montana’s art scape.

We value quality, integrity, honesty, and creativity in art-making.

We are honored to have an artistic residency at MASC Studio this season, as well as local partnerships with Imagine Nation Brewing Company and Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre, and support from Arts Missoula, the Montana Arts Council, and individual donors.

About the Foundering Directors:

With the shared belief that art should reflect human experiences, be accessible to all people, and presented with the highest quality, Kate Jordan and Bruno Augusto united as Co-Founding Directors of Arts & Above in January of 2014. Collectively, they have over 30 years of experience as professional performers, creators, and teachers.

Bruno’s body of work consists primarily of dance, music, poetry, and film. His works have been presented in the Washington DC metro area, New York City, and the bay area of San Francisco. Internationally his works have been presented in Cuba, Portugal, Germany, Angola, and Algeria. Bruno has been a professional dancer for 21 years; performing in Cuba, Angola, and throughout the United States, while touring Africa and Europe. His formal training includes classical Ballet, modern dance, and contemporary movement techniques as well as acting and music composition. Mr. Augusto holds a diploma from the National School of the Arts in Havana, Cuba, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Towson University in dance performance and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in dance performance and choreography.

Kate’s work reflects life experiences through contemporary dance and performance art/installation.  Occasionally she expresses through film, screen printing, and costume design.  Kate’s work has been presented across the United States at venues such as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC) and ZSpace (S.F.), as well as internationally in Guatemala and Peru. With an appetite for global travel, Kate has toured countries such as St. Lucia, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Italy and Greece.  As an educator she focuses on technique, expression, and performance. She is trained in classical ballet, traditional American modern dance, Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals, contemporary dance movement techniques, Pilates and GYROTONIC®. From 2009-2012 she served as co-founder/co-director of the Eureka Dance Festival (DC). Ms. Jordan holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from S.U.N.Y. Brockport in dance performance and choreography. In 2016 she opened Kinetic Body Missoula, the first space in Missoula dedicated to the practice of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.

View some samples of their work here:

www.vimeo.com/artsandabove

Levitation Nation:

Levitation Nation began in 2011 as a collection of alternative fitness classes taught by AFAA certified group fitness instructor Mindy Cochran at different locations throughout the Flathead Valley. Mindy got her start teaching group fitness when she attained a certification in Zumba©, and shortly thereafter expanded on her love of dance fitness to create a fun and energetic hip hop dance class called Dance Nation. Meanwhile, Mindy was also practicing aerial arts, and took classes whenever she traveled, even learning from performers from Cirque Du Soleil, and has since been able to take the stage with other performers from the aerial circus.

Vertical Elements:

Vertical Elements combine 30 years of training and skill development to bring sparkling intensity to your event.  Our repertoire includes individual and duo acts, and a self-contained feature production.

Aerial Arts of Bozeman:

Aerial Arts of Bozeman was formed in 2014 to bring the art of aerial dance to the Gallatin Valley and offers ambient aerial dance, choreographed performances, aerial wine pouring, and private/group lessons. Our performers/instructors have trained all over the West and each offers her unique flair for the art form. Performances can be indoors or outside – on a portable industry-standard aerial dance rig.

SolRiso:

SolRiso was created in the Spring of 2012 by Enrico Vinholi as a outlet for him to channel his artistic pursuits. Since the project’s inception, Enrico has distinguished himself as a ​Movement Artist specializing in Fire & Dance. Enrico earned a degree in Psychology and now devotes himself as an influential teacher who offers Movement Art Therapy curriculums, Creative Bodily Exploration programs, and Dance & Object Manipulation workshops for Adults and Children alike. Enrico has traveled internationally to teach and perform and is currently based in San Fransisco, CA.

Check out his Sound Staff Project

Z&L Media:

Fire in the Attic: