The Metropolitan Library System is known for books and other materials traditionally found at library branches.
But there's plenty more to do at the library, including attending live performances. This month, Perpetual Motion, an Oklahoma City-based dance group, is performing at branches throughout the library system.
Founded in 2002, Perpetual Motion is a nonprofit dance company that specializes in modern and aerial dance.
Other groups that have been showcased at libraries include Rhythmically Speaking, which presented a play on Oklahoma City civil rights activist Clara Luper, and Reduxion Theatre, which performed one of Shakespeare's plays in the spring.
“We have been dedicated to touring artists in recent years, and Perpetual Motion is just a superb modern dance troupe right here in Oklahoma City,” Metropolitan Library System program coordinator Dana Morrow said. “It's our way of letting people know what kind of talent we have here in Oklahoma.”
Perpetual Motion has incorporated aerial dancing with the help of bungee cords and rope. While the performances at libraries can't incorporate all those elements because of logistical concerns, the show remains entertaining, Morrow said.
“You will see more of their surface dancing in the shows at the library, but it's still phenomenal to watch,” she said. “It's always good for parents to expose their kids to new forms of art, and this is a great way to do it.”
Perpetual Motion will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Patience S. Latting Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at Southern Oaks, 6900 S Walker. The final performance will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Del City Library, 4509 SE 15.
All performances are free. For more information, go to www.perpetualmotiondance.org.