Arts & Above is a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary arts organization based in Missoula, Montana. We create dances, music, visual arts, installations, films, and more. We present live performances for the local community, as well as nationally, and internationally. We perform in conventional and unconventional spaces, from proscenium to blackbox stages, and art galleries and the open nature. We provide educational opportunities through on-going movement classes, workshops, and residencies, and are committed to reaching out to all people.
The organization was formed in January of 2014 by artists Kate Jordan and Bruno Augusto. With the shared belief that art should reflect human experiences, be accessible to all people, and presented with the highest quality available, Kate and Bruno united as Co-Founding Directors of Arts & Above.
Kate is the Co-Founding Director of Arts & Above. Her work reflects life experiences through contemporary dance and performance art/installation. Occasionally she expresses through film and costume design. Kate’s work has been presented in Washington D.C., New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco, as well as internationally in Guatemala and Peru. With an appetite for global travel, Kate has toured countries such as St. Lucia, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Italy and Greece. She is trained in classical ballet, traditional American modern dance, Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals, contemporary dance movement techniques, Pilates and GYROTONIC® Method. Ms. Jordan holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from S.U.N.Y. Brockport in dance performance and choreography. In 2016 she opened Kinetic Body Missoula, a space dedicated to the practice of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.
photo: Jean Marie Biele
Bruno is the Co-Founding Director of Arts & Above. As an art maker, performer, and educator, his body of work includes dance, music, poetry, and film. Bruno’s works have been presented in the Washington DC metro area, New York City, and the Bay Area of San Francisco and Oakland. Internationally, his works have been presented in Cuba, Portugal, Germany, Angola, and Algeria. He has been a professional dancer/performer for over two decades, touring throughout the United States, Africa and Europe. His formal training includes classical ballet, modern dance, and contemporary movement techniques, as well as acting and music composition. Mr. Augusto holds a diploma from the National School of the Arts in Havana, Cuba, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Towson University in dance performance, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in dance performance and choreography.
photo: Chani Bockwinkel
Letitia Hays - Board Chair
Kathleen Emerson - Board Treasurer
Kate Jordan Augusto - Board Member
Bruno Augusto - Board Member
Emily Dunham - Design Consultant & Volunteer
Susan Scott Heyneman Foundation
Missoula Community Access Television
Montana Arts Council
West Side Studios & Theater
*We are funded in part by coal severance taxes paid based upon coal mined in Montana and deposited in Montana's cultural and aesthetic projects trust fund.