Heartland Collective and UVU Department of Dance partner on original performance art at new museum

Heartland Collective is collaborating with the Utah Valley University (UVU) Department of Dance on Roundabout to welcome the community to the new UVU Museum of Art at Lakemount (UVUMOA) on June 3 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Roundabout is an original creation made specifically for the UVUMOA by the Department of Dance artists and Heartland Collective. This roaming performance will move through the outdoor and indoor spaces of the historical Lakemount Manor, bringing energy and joy in celebration of belonging. The audience will be invited to follow the artists in a series of location-specific performances that culminate in an outdoor dance party.

“It has been a unique opportunity to create site-specific dance at UVUMOA at Lakemount,” said Melissa Younker, Heartland Collective member and adjunct faculty for UVU Department of Dance. “We have kept the theme of belonging close to us: discussing what belonging means to us and our relationship to creating space where others can belong. The collaboration with Heartland Collective and UVU Department of Dance means a lot to me, bringing two special entities together and sharing our values, joys and experiences. We look forward to sharing our art and celebrating with the community.”

Heartland is a multi-disciplinary collective with collaborators in dance, visual arts, music composition and performance. For Roundabout, its members provided direction and original music, in addition to uniting with the UVU Department of Dance for joint choreography and performance. 

The theme of belonging reflects the Museum of Art’s current initiative The Art of Belonging, which includes three new art exhibitions through September 16. Over the course of the summer, the museum will host three additional performance art pieces. Featured artists include Mitsu Salmon on June 24, Punto de Inflexión (Stephanie Garcia and Peter Hay) on July 18 and Jorge Rojas on August 1.