Peak FreQuency Presents: Anti-Borderlands


Thursday, September 17
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM


Heller Center for Arts & Humanities, 1250 N. Campus Heights Drive, Colorado Springs, 80918

Event Description

Peak FreQuency, UCCS Music Program, Heller Center for Arts & Humanities present ANTI-BORDERLANDS– part of the Take it Outside, People! Concert Series. Featuring The Bottesini Project with Ormao Dance Co., poet Rayne Fox, “Anti-Borderlands” (world premiere) for Field Orchestra by Dr. Jon Forshee, and UCCS faculty and students.

Reimagining live music during COVID, this event is constructed for artists and audience to wander the Heller Center landscape while practicing expansive social distancing. Audience members will be guided to various areas to wander freely or sit comfortably.

The need for improvisation across so many areas of our lives has never been more vital. The willful act of spontaneous creation is often an expression of empathy, solidarity and necessity. Musicians and artists have something to say about improvisation and adaptability. Improvisational practices are built on strong foundations of knowledge, technical skill, collective trust and while seeking the unknown magic of serendipity or….a bit of blind luck.

“Improvisation appeals to us because it is work that makes a difference in the world. It compels us to leave our comfort zones, to forge meaningful interactions with others across categories and social identities, to deepen the democratic strata of society through cultural activities that resonate fully with the contradictions and possibilities of our time. Improvisation in both expressive cultural and social-movement mobilizations can keep us attentive to our responsibility to build the world we hope to inhabit”– From the Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Co-creation.

Bottesini and Ormao have a long-standing relationship having worked together in the past on site specific roving performances Press and Pre-Press. UCCS Professor of Music Dr. Glen Whitehead and Ormao Director Janet Johnson have collaborated on many music and dance projects including Bound Breath, Press, Pre-Press, Sanctuary of Moments, and Protest.


Free and open to the public.

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UCCS Department of Visual and Performing Arts – Music Program