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Movement Matters: Dance in Times of Adversity

Movement Matters: Dance in Times of Adversity

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 of U students,...

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RDT's Brio: A Night of Smith & Shapiro

RDT’s Brio: A Night of Smith & Shapiro

I typically leave Repertory Dance Theatre performances feeling satisfied by an evening of enjoyable, well-crafted dances, and Thursday night’s Brio program was no exception. Brio features five works by Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith. Several creations were by both members of the choreographic duo; others were created by Smith, who continues to choreograph following Shapiro’s...

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Ragamala Dance Brings Family Ties and a Sacred Earth to Kingsbury Hall

Ragamala Dance Brings Family Ties and a Sacred Earth to Kingsbury Hall

On Saturday at Kingsbury Hall, Utah Presents hosted an evening with Ragamala Dance Company.  Directed by the mother-daughter team Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, the internationally touring company holds a venerable reputation as purveyors of the traditional Indian form, Bharatanatyam.  During a time where the world is brimming over with unrest and antipathy, the evening...

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SALT Contemporary Dance Emergent at the Eccles Theater

SALT Contemporary Dance Emergent at the Eccles Theater

Lehi-based SALT Contemporary Dance, founded in 2013, was the first performing group to reserve space in the new Regent Street Eccles Theater this past weekend (a black—or in the Regent’s case, purple — box). As mentioned by founding artistic director Michelle Nielsen in her pre-performance speech, SALT’s self-professed mission is to present contemporary works by...

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Snapshots of Dance Heginbotham

Snapshots of Dance Heginbotham

Last Friday, Sugar Space Arts Warehouse presented Dance Heginbotham, the company of eponymous New York-based choreographer and former Mark Morris dancer John Heginbotham. While I believe the company typically has more dancing members, Heginbotham brought just two along for the Salt Lake City show: Lindsey Jones and Weaver Rhodes, both graduates from SUNY Purchase. Additionally,...

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RDT's Elan

RDT’s Elan

Repertory Dance Theatre’s season opener, Élan, was an eclectic evening of dance which opened with “Handsfree,” a piece commissioned for Britain’s National Youth Orchestra in 2012. The piece tasks performers with creating rhythms by clapping, stamping, singing and beat-boxing, and RDT’s version draws on the talents of both the company dancers and Utah Youth Orchestras,...

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Ririe-Woodbury's Fall Season

Ririe-Woodbury’s Fall Season

Ririe Woodbury’s 2016 Fall Season presented a re-staging of Tzveta Kassabova’s “The Opposite of Killing” (2010) and Jonah Bokaer’s “Fragments” (created for the company in 2014) alongside the world premiere of artistic director Daniel Charon’s “Elegy.” A thread that linked the three works to each other conceptually was how we process events and the subsequent...

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Improvising Life and Art with Tzveta Kassabova

Improvising Life and Art with Tzveta Kassabova

“One…two…three…four…five…six.” We’re at my home in my kitchen with my four-year-old daughter. Tzveta Kassabova is not counting out the moves from her choreography (if you know her well enough then you know that she doesn’t often, if ever, work with counts). She is counting cups of flour. She is teaching my daughter how to make...

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Nomad at the Nomad Network

Nomad at the Nomad Network

Dancer stands in black Mouth open yelling no sound the streetcar leaves dusk is coming, clouds backlit, urban landscape another dancer approaches Nomad presented a handful of new works by recent University of Utah graduates Natalie Border, Austin Hardy, and Elle Johansen at the Nomad Network, a collective arts space that sits alongside the Sugar House...

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NOW-ID explores migration through movement and music in Exodus

NOW-ID explores migration through movement and music in Exodus

For its fourth show, NOW-ID presented the multi-collaborative performance Exodus to Salt Lake audiences July 27-29. While the company has previously opted for less conventional spaces—the Masonic Temple and Saltair are two examples—Exodus was presented at the University of Utah’s Marriott Center for Dance, and aimed to focus on the human need to migrate. NOW-ID,...

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Deseret Experimental Opera Company's Red Lake at the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival

Deseret Experimental Opera Company’s Red Lake at the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival

by Liz Ivkovich In Red Lake, presented by Deseret Experimental Opera Company as part of the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, Producer/Librettist Luke Swenson, Composer/Performer Stuart Wheeler, and Choreographer/Director Emma Wilson created a post-modern marriage of music, poetry, and dance. Each creator wore multiple hats and multiple layers of costuming—the musicians were clad in brightly...

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Fresh Beginnings: Brad Beakes and Alex Bradshaw explore short-form dance programs in BRACE

Fresh Beginnings: Brad Beakes and Alex Bradshaw explore short-form dance programs in BRACE

Alex Bradshaw and Brad Beakes began by holding hands. They slowly but confidently adapted their grip. As their fingers looped and laced the two dancers created a visible and kinesthetic bond. As dancing separated them, the pull they created in that first moment worked like gravity, connecting the two throughout their collaborative duet, BRACE. For...

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Summer Dance (P)Review

Summer Dance (P)Review

Friday night, Ririe-Woodbury continued a multiyear partnership with UMOCA by presenting Interstice, a performance installation featuring choreography by Artistic Director Daniel Charon inside of Jennifer Seely’s exhibition “Supporting Elements.” In the first two summers of this three-year partnership, the dancing, while compelling, was forced into the open spaces between gallery walls, but this summer, due...

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SNaked: The True Story of the Garden of Eden

SNaked: The True Story of the Garden of Eden

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 for a ticket of the same price...

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Space as Collaborator: NOW-ID's Workshop Series

Space as Collaborator: NOW-ID’s Workshop Series

Take a warehouse space near Salt Lake City’s baseball stadium, throw in a team of dancers, choreographers, artists and architects and tell them to create a work together. If it sounds a bit like our co-lab series, that’s precisely why we’re excited about it. But whereas we give our artists a month to work together,...

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