When the COVID-19 restrictions were put in place in March 2020, KSAMB Dance Company wanted to find a way to continuously host shows.
They were able to do that with Wild Card Movement, a dance performance that takes place every Friday night in Town Hall Square, starting promptly when the clock strikes 7 p.m.
“Because it was good to be outside in groups, limited group sizes with physical distancing, we decided that we would take all of our dance activities outside,” the co-director explained. by KSAMB, Miki Mappin.
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Their routines can seem random in nature to a first-time audience member, though the troupe says the choreography is best described as taking calculated risks.
“We don’t really know what’s going on and we have to rely on each other through various means of communication that we’ve built up over time,” Mappin said. “(Allowing us) to be able to follow each other’s signals.”
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“It’s that balance between momentum… It’s like math and poetry together,” added KSAMB co-director Kyle Syverson. “It’s impulse and composition.”
The chemistry shared between the artists helped build strong bonds within the troupe, something they relied on even more during the pandemic.
“I think our group is actually more cohesive and bigger than it’s ever been,” Syverson said. “It was awesome.”
A feeling shared by Mappin.
“Part of what we hope to do is get people moving their bodies, expressing themselves in a safe and positive way,” Mappin said.
Connecting through the performance has been beneficial, not only for those dancing, but also for those who come to watch the performance.
“When friends hang out, or people drop by, it’s very rewarding,” Syverson said. “(It’s) nice to be able to bond like that.”
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