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Reimagining a Riot: Nijinsky at Ballet West

Reimagining a Riot: Nijinsky at Ballet West

While introducing “The Nijinsky Revolution,” Ballet West artistic director Adam Sklute recalled the riotous shock with which much of Vaslav Nijinksy’s work was met. Sklute described the boundary-pushing nature of Nijinsky’s movement and libretti, inviting the modern audience seated in the Capitol Theater on opening night to see if they, like their historical counterparts, are scandalized...

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RDT's "Revere" Brings Collaborators to Celebrate Jose Limon

RDT’s “Revere” Brings Collaborators to Celebrate Jose Limon

Repertory Dance Theatre has a long tradition of collaborating with the arts community. It only makes sense for them to culminate their 50th anniversary season with a collaboration. “Revere” brings together various artists to honor José Limón, whose work has been part of RDT’s repertoire since 1967. The Salt Lake Vocal Artists, conducted by Brady Allred, world-renowned...

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Third Time’s the Charm: Ririe Woodbury’s “Spring Season”

Third Time’s the Charm: Ririe Woodbury’s “Spring Season”

In the intimate space of the LeonaWagner Black Box Theater, Ririe Woodbury opened Spring Season with two premieres and one reconstructed work, concluding the company’s annual season with a show that is as virtuosic as it is contemplative. Joanna Kotze’s commission, “Star Mark,” begins with increasingly rapid projections of floral prints. With dancers clad in...

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Erica Womack

Erica Womack

Despite my best efforts, I was running late to Mudson, a works in progress series presented by loveDANCEmore. As I rushed into the lobby of Sugar Space, my eyes just barely caught the long limbs of a dancer, clad in relaxed rehearsal clothes, finishing a swooping movement and coming to rest in a wide stance....

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The Final Hours at Sugar Space

The Final Hours at Sugar Space

Since creating the loveDANCEmore blog in 2010, I have shied away from writing about student work. When young artists are involved in a process of discovery alongside valued mentors, I don’t want to interrupt. But I have been there, carefully witnessing many student and faculty concerts along the Wasatch Front. About some I couldn’t help...

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Ballet in the Mother Tongue: Grupo Corpo at Park City's Eccles Center

Ballet in the Mother Tongue: Grupo Corpo at Park City’s Eccles Center

Grupo Corpo hails from Belo Horizonte in Minas Gerais, Brazil, and returned to the Eccles Center Saturday night after more than 10 years since their last Park City appearance. The company presented two recent commissions, both of which premiered in 2015: Suite Branca (White Suite) by Cassi Abranches, a young choreographer from Sao Paulo and...

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Dance Moves: Contemporary Complexions and Bill T. Jones come to Utah

Dance Moves: Contemporary Complexions and Bill T. Jones come to Utah

by Chloe Stacey Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden’s New York-based company Complexions Contemporary Ballet took a trip to Provo on March 4th for a one-night-only guest performance. Featured in the de Jong Concert Hall on Brigham Young University’s campus, the Complexions dancers demonstrated the intricate nuances between structured ballet technique and fluid contemporary movement, while...

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Capturing on Camera: The Third Annual Utah Dance Film Festival

Capturing on Camera: The Third Annual Utah Dance Film Festival

by Chloe Stacy The third annual Utah Dance Film Festival, held at Utah Valley University, showcases much more than just Utah County filmmakers. Rapidly growing each year, this year’s festival showcased 40 dance films representing 12 different countries, all demonstrating a wide range of cinematography and creativity. The films shown at the 1:30 afternoon screening...

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Ririe-Woodbury showcases pioneering choreographer Alwin Nikolais this weekend

Ririe-Woodbury showcases pioneering choreographer Alwin Nikolais this weekend

Without Alwin Nikolais there might not be a Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Shirley Ririe and Joan Woodbury were young choreographers and dance instructors at the University of Utah when, in 1963, they invited Nikolais to lead the summer workshops for their fledgling dance company. Woodbury had met Nikolais in Chicago when she was studying dance in...

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Northwest Dance Project Brings Original Works from Emerging and Established Choreographers to Salt Lake City

Northwest Dance Project Brings Original Works from Emerging and Established Choreographers to Salt Lake City

Portland-based contemporary dance company Northwest Dance Project had its Salt Lake City debut at the University of Utah’s Marriott Center for Dance (programmed by Utah Presents, formerly Kingsbury Hall Presents). NWDP currently employs nine dancers, and consistently features the work of various international guest choreographers. On the program for Salt Lake were works by Felix...

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Daniel Charon at 12 Minutes Max This Week

Daniel Charon at 12 Minutes Max This Week

Most local audiences know Daniel Charon as the new Artistic Director of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (his recent work for the company has been reviewed on 15 Bytes here and here). What they may not know is that his dancing identity not only includes artistic direction and choreography but also a long career as a performer. This Sunday...

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Diavolo's Architecture in Motion at Park City's Eccles

Diavolo’s Architecture in Motion at Park City’s Eccles

Diavolo | Architecture in Motion had its Park City premiere at the Eccles Center on Monday night. The Los Angeles-based company is known for its large-scale architectural pieces that are the jumping-off point (literally) for the company’s acrobatic movement vocabulary. On the program for the evening were two full-length pieces, “Transit Space” (2012) and “Trajectoire”...

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RDT's legacy in REVEL

RDT’s legacy in REVEL

Repertory Dance Theatre’s REVEL, the latest installment in the company’s 50th anniversary season, showcased works by four choreographers, each in some way integral to the company’s history and legacy. Throughout, RDT’s eight dancers exhibited zeal for honoring the past as well as diving headfirst into new ideas. Jacque Lynn Bell’s “She (A tribute to Virginia...

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Triple Bill: Ballet West's Iconic Classics

Triple Bill: Ballet West’s Iconic Classics

Ballet West’s 52nd season opens with Iconic Classics, a triple bill addressing milestones in 20th-century ballet, from its shifts towards two opposing directions — musical theatre and modern dance — to its classical apotheosis in George Balanchine’s “Symphony in C.“ Opening with Jerome Robbins’ “Fancy Free,” the company explores not only narrative fare which typically...

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Desert Music: Hal Cannon and 3hattrio

Desert Music: Hal Cannon and 3hattrio

Everyone's favorite musician and folklorist, Hal Cannon is performing with his group 3hattrio at a free in-store concert and Dark Desert Night CD release at Ken Sanders’ Rare Books in Salt Lake City (Thursday, Nov. 5th), followed by two performances at the Moab Folk Festival (Nov. 6-7). Modern dance patrons can sample five of 3hattrio’s...

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