A Reflective Post

Comma-Q Architecture and Mountain Time Arts are pleased to welcome renowned choreographer Ann Carlson to Montana for the summer production of The Symphonic Body/Water.  This orchestral performance is a part of Carlson’s larger symphonic body performances which are created from the unconscious gestures of everyday life.

Ann Carlson exploring the reflection of gestures in the posts.

Connected through their individual ties to water, The Symphonic Body turns a diverse group of fifty community members into performers.  Rather than performers playing instruments, Carlson develops gestural portraits with each performer.  As Carlson conducts these gestures live, she weaves together the movements of daily life into a conversation about our relationship with water.

Sketches from the beginnings of the post design.

Comma-Q collaborated with Mountain Time Arts and Ann Carlson to design what was envisioned in early goal-setting meetings as a ‘bandshell’, but through multiple site visits, design iterations and creative road trips, ended up as a conversant bandshell relative.

Comma-Q developed a series of 12 reflective posts which frame the performance and reflect the sky, trees, grasses, and mountains of southwest Montana.  The final development of the project was done alongside Blackhouse Customs, which is currently fabricating the posts.

The ten-and-a-half foot tall posts will encircle the performers, evoking the familiar semi-circle of an interior orchestral stage set.  Two-thirds of each triangular post is covered in a mirror-polished stainless steel that invites the landscape of Montana to become another performer in The Symphonic Body.

Three of the final posts waiting for performers.

This fleeting opportunity will be gone after July 21st and the performances are FREE.


July 18 and 19 – Cherry River (East Gallatin River), Gallatin Valley

July 20 and 21 – Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, Emigrant, Montana

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