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Dance
Creative Couplings: RDT's Portal

Creative Couplings: RDT’s Portal

by Samuel Hanson Duets abound in Repertory Dance Theatre’s fall season, Portal, in which four choreographers’ voices configure and reconfigure a company in transition (RDT has four new dancers: Jaclyn Brown, Lauren Curley, Dan Higgins and Lacie Scott). The evening is quite a curatorial feat, uniting four diverse pieces that have just enough in common;...

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Ririe Woodbury's Fall Season

Ririe Woodbury’s Fall Season

by Samuel Hanson Featuring the work of three male choreographers, Ririe-Woodbury’s season opener had no particular through-line, except perhaps in its attempt to stake a claim for the group on being “contemporary.” The strongest work in the evening, artistic director Daniel Charon’s, was arguably the least au courant, harkening toward solidly 20th-century modern dance traditions....

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Reminiscences and Whimsy at Sugar Space

Reminiscences and Whimsy at Sugar Space

Local choreographer and Pilates instructor Courtney Norris has compiled a selection of reminiscences and whimsy for her current Artist-in-Residence program at Sugar Space. The show opened with “Tis a Gift,” a duet created and performed by Norris and Erica Womack. Norris and Womack were lit softly, as if at dusk, their shadows dancing on the...

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Changing Dance Seasons

Changing Dance Seasons

Salt Lake’s summer dance landscape is slowly shifting; rather than most locals going off contract and skipping town, many community dance artists go “off contract” from full-time teaching positions and use the summer as a space for premiering new work or exploring new contexts for choreography. It’s hardly a new phenomenon with Salt Lake taking...

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The Penguin Lady Presents at Rose Wagner

The Penguin Lady Presents at Rose Wagner

by Erin Womack The Penguin Lady Presents, a night of choreography by Natosha Washington, premiered to a full crowd at the Rose Wagner Black Box Theater.  The show begins with a personal and heartfelt message that thanks the audience for coming to partake in an evening of dance, and asks us to connect with and...

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Daughters of Mudson 2014

Daughters of Mudson 2014

by Danell Hathaway   Daughters of Mudson 2014 from loveDANCEmore on Vimeo. Having reviewed last season’s Daughters of Mudson, I came to the 2014 performance last weekend with much expectation.  The 2013 show lingered with me long after I left the Studio Theater at the Rose Wagner. and this year’s iteration didn’t disappoint, leaving me...

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SB Dance's The Pushers

SB Dance’s The Pushers

by Emma Wilson Sex, religion, gender, race, art, and drugs. All of these topics were confidently (sometimes cockily) juggled by SB Dance’s The Pushers, all the while gliding through the wine and beer that was served to audience members. The show is truly a modern day cabaret. Each attendee was given a velcro-backed seat marker...

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New Points of View at Ballet West's Innovations

New Points of View at Ballet West’s Innovations

Each year Ballet West puts convention aside for “Innovations” and this year’s concert is no exception. From a visibly pregnant Katherine Lawrence adding depth and complexity to “The Sixth Beauty,” by guest artist Matthew Neenan, to Arolyn Williams leading audience members on pedestrian pathways in a premiere by company member Chris Anderson, the show challenges...

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Collaboration is in the Air

Collaboration is in the Air

15 Bytes is in the process of preparing for our 2nd annual ColLABorART event, to be held at The Leonardo during the Utah Arts Festival. It’s a four-day artistic experiment in which we invite pairs of artists to meld their style on a large-scale work in front of the Arts Festival audience. And just like...

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Ririe-Woodbury's Accelerate

Ririe-Woodbury’s Accelerate

by Emma Wilson   Accelerate marks the end of Ririe Woodbury’s fiftieth season as well as the end of the first year with their new artistic director, Daniel Charon. Comprised of three premieres, the show features Bradley Beakes, Alexandra Bradshaw, Yebel Gallegos, Mary Lyn Graves, Tara McArthur, and Bashaun Williams, whose versatility is evident in...

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RDT's Land, in Dance and Art

RDT’s Land, in Dance and Art

One of Utah’s best artistic resources is its landsape. From the high-mountain country of the Uintahs to the wetlands of our inland sea to the redrock cliffs of the Colorado Plateau, the place in which we live provides a limitless source of material for artists. And not just for the plein air painters who flood...

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Yebel Gallegos & Tara McArthur

Yebel Gallegos & Tara McArthur

This year has been one of great change for Ririe-Woodbury. In addition to celebrating the 50th Anniversary and welcoming new Artistic Director Daniel Charon the company has also welcomed new dancer Yebel Gallegos as they prepare to say goodbye to Tara McArthur. Rather than interview either, it seemed appropriate to share their own conversations about...

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