Photo Credit: Nathan Norby

Photo Credit: Nathan Norby

RAISON D’ETRE + 406 CIRQUE

Raison D'être Dance Project was founded in 2017 by Erin Levy and Genevieve Trygstad-Burke in Bozeman, Montana. The idea was born out of their deep-rooted love of dance and music, and the desire to share their artistic passions with the community. “Our purpose is to foster collaboration with artists, musicians, choreographers, and philanthropic organizations...while providing an avenue for visions and ideas.” 

406Cirque is an initiative for a pole of circus and performing arts in Bozeman, Montana. Its founder’s vision is to provide a home to performing artists coming from any background with any skill level who wish to create something original and different by breaking the boundaries between different artistic disciplines. Its purpose is to create a place for individuals with a desire to jump on a stage and share a moment of joy with everyone around them, to have that opportunity.

The stage is a canvas for expression, and movement is brushwork for time and space.

Photo credit: Melissa Dawn

Photo credit: Melissa Dawn

MELISSA DAWN + ALAYNA RASILE + LOGAN HENKE

Melissa Dawn: Storytelling through art and movement
I experience life through the process of creation.  It is my way to observe, investigate, create order, reflect, and remember.  I offer artifacts and layered maps and stories through prints, drawings, sculptures, installations, and dance.  Each medium has its own sensory properties and allows for different investigations into the recollection of memory, dreams, relationships, anxiety, desire, and the sensuous experience of movement and life.  I am captivated by the interconnection of the earth and our bodies, their impermanence, and the duality of their strength and weakness.  Our bodies are repositories for our personal and communal history, holding memory in the flesh, and their fragility is an ever-present reminder of the inevitability of decay and death.  Like the body, memory also decays.  Creation is an attempt to record what cannot be held, protecting against loss.  It is a form of thinking that connects the physical and internal worlds, reaffirming their inseparability, and reclaiming the sensory experience of life.  The awareness of the transience of all things compels me to create, ushering me to awareness, defining my life, and leading me to live with intention.

Alayna Rasile is a textile artist whose work takes the shape of durational performances, buoyant sculptures, costumes and clothing.  She often uses foraged fibers and plant dyes that allow her designs and materials to be in direct conversation with place. Most recently, her work has been shown at the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design in Asheville, NC; the Anchorage Museum, AK; the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, MT; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA; and a forthcoming show at NURTUREart in Brooklyn, NY.

Originally from Helena, MT, Alayna spent a decade hopping around the country; she has a BA from University of Oregon, attended a year long residency at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY, and now has returned to Montana as an MFA candidate at MSU. Alayna has a small clothing line of one-off pieces called Absorka, she is the co-founder of May West, a milkweed based apparel startup, and is currently building a studio and retreat space in the mountains outside Helena called the Hi-Altitude Center for Textiles.