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Although it won't be finished for another two years, The Sculpture Project in Main Street Square is already inspiring other artists.

"I saw the opportunity to create another level of engagement with public art," said Sara Olivier, a staff member of Arts Rapid City and a dance instructor at the Academy of Dance Arts.

That engagement takes the form of the multi-arts performance "Echoing Passages" at 6 p.m. on Friday night at the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City. A reception will follow in Main Street Square.

It marks the second performance of "Echoing Passages" after its debut last year. The project combines dance, film, music and poetry inspired by "A Passage of Wind and Water," the series of sculptures by Masayuki Nagase (or "Yuki," as he's often called).

The idea originated in 2013 as Nagase began work on the project when Olivier shared the idea with Arts Rapid City director Anna Huntington and met with Nagase.

"He was very welcoming of the idea from the start," Olivier said.

Olivier then reached out to other artists for the show, which has evolved in the past year while adding other artists. There are seven dancers in the show, including Olivier, Emily Weber, Morah McFarland, Heidi Carlson, Hannah Sorestad, Karah Haug and Maia Zoller.

Their work is joined by filmed segments by cinematographer Randall Iverson, poetry by Christine Stewart Nunez and Brandyn Johnson, and music by Native American flutist Brian Akipa, among others. Costumes are provided by Suzie Cappa Artist Mike Leithauser.

"I personally feel fortunate to be here in Rapid City and be surrounded by so many people who are inspired and want to work together," Olivier said. 

The project will continue to evolve and take shape alongside Nagase's timeline, with plans to add more segments in the future until its completion in 2017.

"'A Passage of Wind and Water' is the catalyst of what we do," Olivier said. "His themes of change, hope, transformation and all things living in balance inform our work and band the dance, film music and poetry together."

Olivier said that she hoped the project prompted audiences to view public art in a new way, as a constantly shaping piece of performance art instead of an installation.

"I hope they leave with a greater sense of community and pride in where we live," Olivier said. "Hope for the future is an important theme in Yuki's work, and I believe in that."

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