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Ballet comes to Ravalli County Museum Friday Night

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A special preview of an original dance “Going Viral” is in rehearsal in Missoula. (Rocky Mtn Ballet Theatre)

Friday evening, the Science in Wonderland exhibit at the Ravalli County Museum will close with a preview of another creative project – in dance.

A Master Class and Outreach Dance performance program for the children of the Bitterroot Valley will start at 6 p.m. At that time the dance company will introduce a ‘teaser’ of a four-part presentation called “Going Viral.”

“Going Viral” is a collaborative work between Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre and photographer Barbara Michelman. It was inspired by images from the electron microscope. Using dance and rear screen projected virus images, “Going Viral” tells the tale of Polio, Influenza, Human Papillomavirus and Ebola – four deceptively beautiful and deadly viruses. The goal of the performance is to inform and entertain the public about the current status of viral research ongoing at Rocky Mountain Labs in Hamilton.

World Premiere of the entire “Going Viral” series will be November 9th at the Hamilton PAC at Hamilton High School. Reception will be at 6 p.m. and the performance at 7 p.m.

Then, November 24 at the Dennison Theater, University of Montana campus, “Going Viral” will be performed at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. as part of RMBT’s “Montana Cowboy Christmas” program.

The future of “Going Viral” includes a Missoula County school tour and inclusion on national and international RMBT tours from 2013 – 2016, including the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has expressed interest in presenting the piece in 2013 with additional venues in Seattle and Washington DC.

See rehearsal of Going Viral



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