The lights in Cox Auditorium faded and a spotlight was cast on a single dancer and a large ramp.
The dancer began to move in gracefully balanced movements as others crept on stage to join him.
The dancers belong to Motionhouse, a UK-based dance theater company. Saturday night the group performed "Scattered," its most recent production. The company has performed its show in venues in the United States, Europe and China since 2009.
"Scattered," is performed on a curved floor that looks similar to a skateboard ramp. The dancers dive from the top of the ramp and slide to the floor while also keeping their dance form.
The action of leaping off the tall ramp was shocking for some audience members.
"My favorite part was when the girl was on the stage and she fell down," Kennedy Stieff, freshman in therapeutic recreation, said. "I thought she was going to break her neck."
The dancers not only slide down the ramp, they also climb up. This act was performed without assistance at times. In some of the dances, however, harnesses and assistance from another dancer were involved in the climbing act.
The ramp wasn't only used for climbing. A projection was shown on the ramp throughout the performance. The projection featured various scenes that would change as each new dance was performed.
The scenes featured various landscapes like waterfalls, the Arctic and desert climates. The backgrounds gave the illusion of being interactive as they would shift and change with movements of the dancers.
In scenes involved with water, the dancers would crash into the ramp, and the water scene behind them would splash and ripple as if it was real water.
In one part of the performance, the dancers hung from the top of the ramp while the scene behind them gave them the appearance of being melting ice. When the ice completely melted, the dancers slid down the ramp like they were melted water.
Another scene featured a cracking desert landscape while the dancers imitated lizards scaling down the ramp.
Other props were also used in the performance. Veils were thrown over the ramp and floor to give the appearance of snow during the Arctic performance.
White fabric was also used for a scene with running taps. The dancers climbed the fabric making it seem as if they were climbing up the streams of water coming from the taps.
In one scene the audience found humorous, all but one of the dancers darted around with large water bottles. The dancers with the bottles drank the water and then proceeded to make rhythmic gargling noises.
The performance also featured the dancers on the floor performing graceful and precise moves. Partner stunts were incorporated into the routine. The dancers would twist and move fluidly around each other. Partners would lift their partners into the air and spin while the partner would remain locked in a graceful pose.
The performance was well-received and earned a standing ovation from its audience.
"It was different. It was interesting," Paradise Hart, freshman in animal science, said. "It caught me off guard."