On Thursday, August 5, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, one of our community partners, is holding a free performance and panel discussion entitled “Arts and Social Change: Can art initiate change in a community?”
The event will take place in the Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and is completely free and open to the public. The evening will begin with a preview performance of a dance choreographed by renowned New York choreographer and social activist, Bill T. Jones. The uncompromising and unapologetic political and social views of Jones have always laid the foundation for his dances. His commanding work “Duet” is performed to the traditional music of Madagascar and the Ivory Coast. With its extremely stylized and meticulously crafted movement this work is visual art in motion. This dance is being set on Ririe-Woodbury by Leah Cox from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and will officially premiere in September as part of the Ririe-Woodbury performance, Configurations, September 23-25, 2010.
After the short performance, KUED’s Ken Verdoia will moderate a discussion panel speaking on topics that Jones covers in his work such as being African American, Homosexual, and HIV Positive in today’s society and the arts community. Speakers include Leah Cox from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company as well as David Huebner, Lynn Meinor, Stan Penfold, and Emma Lou Thayne.
Arts and Social Change: A Dance Preview and Discussion Panel
August 5, 2010 5:30 p.m.
Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 West 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT