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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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Ballet West's Innovations at the Rose

Ballet West’s Innovations at the Rose

Ballet West’s annual Innovations series opened this past weekend, showcasing work by company artists alongside Jessica Lang. As always, the evening presents wide-ranging approaches which will expand next year with a new National Choreographic Festival and a move of Innovations to Park City where it will be retitled, Works from Within. The evening opens with...

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Sunlight Unlimited at the Fallout

Sunlight Unlimited at the Fallout

Municipal Ballet Co. is a collection of dancers and choreographers, organized by Sarah Longoria, that aims to present ballet in unconventional spaces: sidewalks, libraries, bars and historic buildings. In its own words, Municipal Ballet “collaborates with local musicians and artists because it’s a lot of fun and because everyone’s art combined turns into something unpredictable and magical.”...

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Rosie Trump's Fill in the Blank at Sugar Space

Rosie Trump’s Fill in the Blank at Sugar Space

In Fall 2013, loveDANCEmore published a performance text by Rosie Trump, a Nevada- based choreographer. Since that time, the text has become fully realized as a performance, Fill in the Blank, to be presented at Sugar Space this month. When asked to describe the performance text in context, Trump says the idea was to have...

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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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