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Sharing dance from a distance

Dancers from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Carlo Antonio Villanueva, left, and Huiwang Zhang demonstrate their modern dance to dancers in Rwanda inside of the Portal next to the Ent Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs on Tuesday. The portal will be set up through Nov. 15 and aims to bring together people from across the globe in real time. The project focuses on the arts and will highlight different art forms and places around the world every day. “It was a little awkward at first,” said Christina Robson on the experience. “But because we could physicalize them, it was a good way to break the ice.”

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What looks like merely a gold-painted shipping container outside the Ent Center for the Arts is actually a repeat engagement of the Portal Project. If you missed it last year, you have another chance to come “face to face” to chat with someone in Berlin, Gaza, Yangon, Erbil, Mexico City and various U.S. sites also using a portal. It’s as if you’re in the same room. The Portal Project is at the Ent Center through Thursday. Register for a free 20-minute session at sharedstudios.com/uccs/.

Features Reporter/Special Sections Editor

Michelle is a features reporter and editor of The Gazette's annual Best of the Springs and FYI magazines. A Penn State journalism graduate, she joined the Gazette in 2015.

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