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Momentum and Dreamers at Rose Wagner This Weekend

Momentum and Dreamers at Rose Wagner This Weekend

This weekend the programming at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center alternates between external viewpoints of dance company alumni and an internal glimpse at the creative process of several resident groups. Thursday & Friday are host to Momentum, an annual Ririe Woodbury concert in the Blackbox. Co-directed by Juan Carlos Claudio & Jill Voorhees Edwards,...

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But . . . Can He Tap? RDT's "Bill Evans, 75!"

But . . . Can He Tap? RDT’s “Bill Evans, 75!”

William (“Bill”) Evans’ RDT-sponsored solo concert at the Rose Wagner was completely captivating. The dancer was, by turns, nostalgic, frenetic, smooth, effervescent, hilarious, and always, always an outstanding performer just givin’ it his all. What a memorable night for those fortunate enough to have been there. Had he not kept reminding us that this was...

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A Dancing Man's Return: Bill Evans at RDT

A Dancing Man’s Return: Bill Evans at RDT

  Bill Evans was always so damned cool. I mean the man could dance and he could party. I knew this a long, long time ago in college and I understand that he still is and still does at the age of 75. In celebration of his birthday, Repertory Dance Theatre (now 50 years old...

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NOWHERE at Libby Gardner Concert Hall

NOWHERE at Libby Gardner Concert Hall

Before collaborative was compelling marketing it was embedded in the making of concert dance. In the ’30s Martha Graham worked with Isamu Noguchi on Frontier and he went on to design the seat for Appalachian Spring. Merce Cunningham, who performed as “the Revivalist” in that work, went on to have collaborations from Andy Warhol’s pillows in RainForest to scores by...

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Dance at the Utah Arts Festival

Dance at the Utah Arts Festival

In bringing a cross section of performance to a broad public, the Utah Arts Festival fulfills an important role each summer. Dance is often accused of being one of the more insulated art forms, as audiences find difficulty in analyzing nonverbal ideas and, more specifically, doing so at a high ticket price. The Arts Festival...

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SB Dance's Surrenderella

SB Dance’s Surrenderella

Stephen Brown, or SB as he is known, has created a local following based on the premise that his work is different in its engagement of adult sensibilities and its challenge to the presumed insulation of concert dance.  Audiences have come not just to expect but to desire his use of profane text and sexually...

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Upholding Tradition, Defying Definition in BW’s Innovations

Upholding Tradition, Defying Definition in BW’s Innovations

by Amy Falls Ballet West produces Innovations each spring as a platform for the company’s dancers to explore their own choreographic pursuits alongside more established guest choreographers. While a great opportunity, it is still rare nationally to find full evening programs devoted to dancers’ own choreography. Ballet Arizona, Ballet Arkansas, Ballet Idaho, Ballet West, and...

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Classics Shine in Ballet West's Triple Bill

Classics Shine in Ballet West’s Triple Bill

by Amy Falls   Ballet West’s annual mixed bill presents the work of neoclassical icon George Balanchine (Square Dance), Ballet West’s resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte (Almost Tango), and contemporary ballet pioneer William Forsythe (In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated). While the evening’s program is titled Almost Tango after Fonte’s newest Utah premiere, the choreography of Balanchine...

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Kari Hoaas' ONE at Sugar Space

Kari Hoaas’ ONE at Sugar Space

by Emma Wilson   Entering the (relatively new) Sugar Space Arts Warehouse on Friday night was exciting for more than the fact that Norwegian choreographer Kari Hoaas was performing her evening-length work recognizing the continuous global struggle for women’s rights. The venue itself is spacious and filled with possibility and a separate studio on the...

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Ririe-Woodbury's Spring Season

Ririe-Woodbury’s Spring Season

Ririe Woodbury’s Spring Season was a challenging program exploring abstraction as a method for viewing as well as moving. Artistic Director Daniel Charon’s program note suggested a hope for his premiere to be taken as an experience without a need for definition while visiting artist Netta Yerushalmy suggested that her work would be cumulative as...

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Ririe Woodbury and Salt Lake Electric Ensemble Celebrate "In C" with "53 Rooms"

Ririe Woodbury and Salt Lake Electric Ensemble Celebrate “In C” with “53 Rooms”

Terry Riley’s minimalist composition “In C” is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Salt Lake Electric Ensemble has performed this piece at the Utah Arts Festival, on KUER’s Radio West, and at BYU. This weekend, they revisit the piece in a collaboration with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. In a new work, choreographed by Daniel Charon,...

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Dance at Memorial House

Dance at Memorial House

video by Jeremy Bigelow review by Kate Monson A night of dance in a beautiful intimate setting, in this case the Memorial House, really gets my hopes up.  So as I walked through the doors for the recent loveDANCEmore event on March 22 I had one thought on my mind, “please don’t disappoint me.”  I...

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