Since its genesis by visionary founders Joan Woodbury and Shirley Ririe 55 years ago, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company has cultivated a family, in Salt Lake City and beyond, that manages to thrive with each new addition and that can be seen and felt in the embraces and warm smiles […]
Emma Wilson is a recent graduate of the University of Utah with a BFA in Modern dance and a minor in Environmental Studies as well as in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. She has written for loveDANCEMORE along with 15Bytes and creates socially and environmentally engaged dance-theater work.
Lauren Curley and members of RDT in Angela Banchero-Kelleher’s “Material Tokens of the Freedom of Thought.” Photo courtesy of RDT. Repertory Dance Theatre’s Current included five dances presented one after the other, after the other, and yet… after another. Because they were all made recently, they are a reflection of […]
Repertory Dance Theatre is a collection of noticeably varied talents. Its company members possess distinctive personalities that can be glimpsed regularly in all RDT productions, no matter the program or how seamlessly they may move as a group. The second year of RDT’s Emerge, a choreography showcase for the […]
Photo of DRYPP, courtesy of EyeKnee Coordination. En route to DRYPP, I passed people taking photos of the sun diffused by haze caused by smoke blown into the Salt Lake Valley from fires as far away as Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest. I thought about my family and […]
Left to right: Samantha Matsukawa, Amy Falls, and Daniel Mont-Eton in “Homeward”. Photo by Dat Nyguyen/Motion Vivid, lighting by James K. Larsen. When I think of Daniel Mont-Eton’s Homeward I think ambient – a word derived from ambire in Latin, meaning “to go around” – and around and around. I think of the dancers’ […]
Attending two performances addressing themes of gender, sexuality, race, and power in Salt Lake City over the same weekend in November was disorienting. UMOCA’s When Flesh Becomes Matter: Bodies Unbounded, by choreographer Yasin (Ya-Ya) Fairley, and the University of Utah School of Dance’s Gender/Power, by Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey alongside U […]
The preview performance of SNaked was assuredly like a first kiss — reeling in various exciting directions, sometimes disjointed with a limited scope, but consistently provocative and engaging. Before the lights dimmed, SB Dance artistic and executive director Stephen Brown thanked the audience for offering a preliminary “pucker”—payment […]