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The figure of a woman in front of a piece of art.

A dancer from last year's West Bank Arts Quarter celebration.

ARTSmosis: Where the arts collide!

Where the arts collide!

By Cass Erickson

Published on September 30, 2004

Dancers meet painters meet sculptors meet filmmakers meet theater artists meet musicians. There's no telling what will happen when these worlds collide. And that creative collision is the intent of ARTSmosis, the 4th annual arts event sponsored by the student-run Arts Quarter Collective. On Friday, October 1, the West Bank Arts Quarter will be hopping inside and out with student visual artists, dancers, thespians, musicians, and others who have created 16 collaborative and interactive performances and installations. "You keep connecting with new people, and it gets bigger, and there's more people and more ideas," says architecture and film student Cheryl Wilgren Clyne. "It's a great way to collaborate with artists in other disciplines...Plus, it's a really fun event." Wilgren Clyne and theater arts student Nikki Schultz created a digital video, Nocturne. Wilgren Clyne says it's an exploration on lack of sleep, the relationship between dreams and reality, and the state of being barely awake and not quite functional--something college students know all too well. Using dancers interpreting sculptures, Bonnie Brabson's Emergencia de Evolucion ponders the relationship between human beings and nature. "I'm looking forward to people's reactions, that's the best part," says Brabson. Check out in-ter-con-nect, a dance and percussion piece that uses a triple-decker skyway to create visual patterns, or explore gender roles in Nyuuhaafu. Dancers create a piece around photographs of leaves and an artist walking through them in One Thousand Leaves. Artists from all the other disciplines contributed to Patty Healy McMean's magazine, Moveable Feast: Volume One, which also includes a video, slides, and recordings. As the evening comes to a close, enjoy a rhythmic explosion of jazz accompanied by three tap dancers in Footlight Parade on the steps of Rarig Center. ARTSmosis kicks off with student bands rockin' out on the steps of Rarig Center at 5 p.m., and at 6 p.m., more than 100 students will present their projects. The Arts Quarter Collective is a University of Minnesota student group that serves as a catalyst for fueling artistic possibility and creation. For more information, see the Arts Quarter Collective. The West Bank Arts Quarter is located at the intersection of 21st Avenue and Fourth Street South in Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public. ARTSmosis is made possible with generous funding from the College of Liberal Arts.

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