In an unlikely but perfect match, the Tampa Bay Lightning had a proposal – a pre-game fan entertainment experience that merges hockey and art. USF School of Theatre and Dance professor Andee Scott took up the challenge.
Professor Scott has created an original work, with the input of the Lightning’s director of photography and art initiatives, Scott Audette, which will be performed by USF dancers in a glass enclosed room at the Tampa Bay Times Forum that has been modeled after the Lightning’s own locker room. It is located on the west patio where fans can view the performance as they enter the game. This is a unique pre-game show for fans of all ages to enjoy. The performance is a site-specific interpretation of hockey movements on the ice through dance. Using the available hockey equipment as inspiration, the dancers will perform high-energy sequences that will showcase athleticism.
“I am so appreciative of the opportunity to create this piece and give the students a chance to perform in a non-traditional space,” Prof. Scott said. “It is a unique way to share what we do at the USF School of Theatre and Dance with a broader audience.”
“We are very excited to be partnering with the USF School of Theatre and Dance for this unique performance piece,” Audette said. “The Lightning continue to work at finding new ways to meld the great sport of hockey and the local arts community. We would like to sincerely thank USF for making this one-of-a-kind piece possible and we hope Lightning fans enjoy the show.”
The dancers will perform the piece multiple times during the hour prior to the home games on 4/2, 4/9 & 4/11, and one home game to be announced at a later date. Fans are encouraged to come, have fun, see the show and stay for a great game of hockey from their home town team.
Lightning info and game times can be found at http://lightning.nhl.com/ or the USF Theatre and Dance website at http://theatreanddance.arts.usf.edu/