Steamboat Springs When Joan Lazarus first saw Keith Terry perform, it was as a percussionist for a jazz and tap dance improvisation group, but from his seat, a new art form was blossoming.
Lazarus recalls the moment Terry got out from behind his drum kit at an early 1980s performance. He was tapping his feet in rhythm, slapping his hands together and hitting his chest with emphasis.
“He starts walking toward the audience and doing stuff he was just beginning to develop,” said Lazarus, now the executive director of the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat Springs. “I thought, ‘This is something I’ve never really seen before.’ To see something we’ve never seen done before, it blew my mind.”
The live performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Chief Theater. Tickets are $20 at the door.
On Tuesday, there will be a community workshop at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library The cost is $5 or free for teachers.
Terry also will visit local elementary schools for workshops as a part of Steamboat Dance Theatre’s community outreach program.
Terry defines his art as “body music,” according to his biography. Trained as a percussionist, Terry gradually transitioned into using only his body to create rhythms, drawing from a worldwide range of cross-cultural influences. As a musician and composer, he’s released five albums and three DVDs and founded the International Body Music Festival.
Lazarus said that even the performance event Monday is interactive and is an opportunity for those who aren’t seasoned musicians and dancers to engage in a unique performing art.
“It’s better if you’re not worried if you’re good at it,” Lazarus said. “Families should come. He’s going to have us all learning what it is to create a room of rhythm and use our bodies, which we all have. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a wheelchair or if you’re 6 years old. You can do it.”