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Utah Dance articles published in 15 Bytes, Utah’s Art Magazine.

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Daniel Mont-Eton’s Homeward

Left to right: Samantha Matsukawa, Amy Falls, and Daniel Mont-Eton in “Homeward”. Photo by Dat Nyguyen/Motion Vivid, lighting by James K. Larsen. When I think of Daniel Mont-Eton’s Homeward I think ambient – a word derived from ambire in Latin, meaning “to go around” – and around and around. I think of the dancers’ […]

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Molly Heller’s very vary

Dancers in “very vary” by Molly Heller at the Eccles Regent. Photo by Tori Duhaime. Molly Heller’s “very vary” was just that: a very varied patchwork. For the duration of the hour-long dance, the cast of six — members of Ririe-Woodbury and freelancers alike — approached Heller’s performatively […]

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Captured by SALT

Footage of SALT Contemporary Dance in Ihsan Rustem’s Voice of Reason.   SALT Contemporary Dance closed their 2016-2017 season with a collection of current works from local, national and international choreographers. This was my first time witnessing a SALT performance and I am so grateful I finally had the […]

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Ann Carlson’s Elizabeth Delights

Bashaun Williams in Ann Carlson’s “Elizabeth, the dance”. Set by Torry Bend. Photo courtesy of Ririe-Woodbury. Choreographer Ann Carlson has a longstanding relationship with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, originally studying modern dance under company co-founders Shirley Ririe and Joan Woodbury at the University of Utah in the 1970s. While […]

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Tanja London’s Save Your Own Skin

The performance content of Save Your Own Skin is inspired by questions arising from a prototype of bulletproof skin and other ways that we attempt to shield ourselves from vulnerability. The collaborators of the work include Tanja London, Carloss Chamberlin, Jason Rabb, Nick Foster, Ami Hanna. The performance takes place […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]