August 2017 • Bozeman, Montana
The Gabriel Canal was a performance event about water and irrigation in the Gallatin Valley of Southwestern Montana. The project made with and about the Gallatin Valley’s agricultural community shed light on their current environmental perspectives and the function of the valley’s canal system.
While walking through the historic Kelly ranch, audience members experienced the remarkable engineering feat of the Low-Line Canal, witnessed a range of historic farming practices, heard original songs that spoke about rancher’s ecological indicators, encountered a performance video and an animation about water rights. The performance culminated at dusk in a large-scale performance of a late 19th century harvest scene and the illumination of the Gabriel Canal.
This collaborative project directed by Mary Ellen Strom featured a sound score by Greg Young, music by the Bear Canyon Drummers, a video installation by Laine Rettmer, a light installation by Jim Madden, Travis Cook and Ken Dineen, costumes by Alayna Rasile, sculpture by Jim Zimpel, custom made instruments by Joe Schwem and an installation by Isabel Beavers.
Mountain Time Arts would like to acknowledge the generous support of:
The Kelly Ranch-Kathryn Kelly and Family
Montana Land Reliance