In the spring 2021, the UI-Dance Program will collaborate with the Lionel Hampton School of Music for the acclaimed production of DancersDrummersDreamers (DDD) and to celebrate it’s 30th anniversary. This one-of-a-kind production will feature dance performed to original, live music composed by the music faculty members and students with a special focus on DDD’s legacy. It will also feature past performances, alumni features, and patron interviews in a short film that honors the impact of this annual event. Honoring tradition, the UI-Dance Program will invite a nationally-known jazz dance guest artist to choreograph a finale piece and contribute to students’ historical understanding of jazz dance while furthering the dialogue for diversity and inclusion in the Arts. Our goal is to create a DDD style performance whether live, live streamed, or recorded. In today’s socially distant world, the performing arts are even more significant as a way to connect, process, and affirm our human experiences. This unique show elevates the human spirit and supports students’ educational understanding of excellence in dance and music. It is tentatively slated for March 25-27 2021 in the Hartung Theatre.
DDD was founded in 1991 by Professor of Music, Dan Bukvich and Professor of Dance, Diane Walker. The overall performance is like a modern vaudeville show with music, dance, songs and some slapstick comedy. It is a family event, described as eclectic, playful, fun, entertaining, collaborative, high octane energy and imaginative. The production has grown to approximately 100 students performing to sell-out crowds each spring and has toured throughout the Northwest region.
This unique professional training program exists at no other university. The process of developing the concert is as important as the product. Participating students grow through experiential learning focused on problem solving, creative thinking, production and performance skills, and leadership development.
What Will the Funding Do?
Donations to this fund will directly help with the production costs of the performance and support student participation as well as community, alumni, and patron engagement. Funding will defray the following costs: theatre rental, technical/video support, lighting design, and costumes. Additionally, funding will support the guest artist residency and potential community engagement workshops. The cost of the program’s spring concert is typically covered through income from previous ticket sales. However, due to COVID-19, our spring 2020 main stage production was canceled, and a significant amount of projected income was lost. Your generous support will make a real difference in our ability to provide our students with this remarkable educational experience and to continue the legacy of DDD.
If you love the performing arts and live productions of Music and Dance in Idaho, please help us spread the word, and share this information about our fundraising campaign with your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. Let's keep the "Heart of the Arts" alive!
We offer our sincere and humble thanks for any support you may be able to give, and we look forward to sharing this special event with you soon!