Repertory Dance Theatre sets spring concert with Zvi Gotheiner’s Dabke

In the 21st century, cultural appropriation—like globalization—isn’t just inevitable; it’s potentially positive. We have to stop guarding cultures and subcultures in efforts to preserve them. It’s naïve, paternalistic, and counterproductive. Plus, it’s just not how culture or creativity work. The exchange of ideas, styles, and traditions is one of the tenets and joys of a … Read more

Four Utah choreographers to compete, premiere new work at Regalia, RDT’s annual fundraiser, concert

In Salt Lake City where modern dance is flourishing at a level that would draw the envy of any major performing arts metro area in the country, Eric Handman credits the Repertory Dance Theatre’s (RDT) longevity to its willingness to deepen its bonds with the community. “RDT has always been really brave because of its … Read more

Repertory Dance Theatre’s creative incubator leads to 8 premieres in Emerge

January is a particularly satisfying month for presenting new work in the performing arts. In the aftermath of a season inundated with clichéd traditions, performers, artists and audiences dedicate their energies to enriching their repertoires and expanding their boundaries in creative expression. The Repertory Dance Theatre’s role as a creative incubator for its dancers to … Read more

The top 10 of many fine moments in 2016 for the Utah Enlightenment

There were many fine moments this year for the Utah Enlightenment. In compiling the list of what I believe were the 10 best defining moments of Utah’s cultural awakening for 2016, the pool of choices was more than satisfying in breadth and depth. There has been a great deal of recent press, for example, about … Read more

Repertory Dance Theatre’s Brio holiday concert to showcase comedic gems of Shapiro and Smith

In the 20-year relationship that choreographer Joanie Smith of Shapiro and Smith Dance has had with the Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), dancers have performed many works that bear her company’s distinctive joyous, witty, uninhibited, physically demanding artistic brand. Smith and her husband, Danial Shapiro (who died in 2006), came to Salt Lake City in the … Read more

SB Dance’s All Saints Salon promises artistic, adult-only Halloween haunted house experience

The haunted house enterprise for Halloween in Salt Lake City is nationally known, including Fear Factory that Travel Channel named as one of the best of its kind in 2015. This weekend, SB Dance will take 80 audience members (ages 21 and older) in each of four performances through All Saints Salon, its own interactive … Read more

Repertory Dance Theatre’s 51st season opens with Élan concert, 2 world premieres

Still justifiably radiant after a spectacular golden anniversary season, the Repertory Dance Theatre continues the revolution in in modern dance with two premieres – one focusing on the recently developed Gaga movement language and the other on the complicated blurring of the constructed and real body representation in digitized technology – along with two other … Read more

Exodus by NOW-ID plays SLC and Copenhagen

EXODUS

Later this month Utah-based contemporary dance and design company NOW-ID brings their fourth major performance, EXODUS, first to Salt Lake City, and then to Copenhagen. This year’s production keeps with the company’s mission of collaboration as well as stretching creative boundaries and genres by partnering with the Danish Music Ensemble Figura and creating a collaboration … Read more

An artistic residency worth watching: Repertory Dance Theatre invites ate9 Dance Company for collaborations on many levels

Many hosts dream of the perfect guest who is invited to visit their home. For the Repertory Dance Theatre, choreographer Danielle Agami and seven dancers from the ate9 dance company in Los Angeles are more than perfect guests. During the morning hours, Agami and her dancers have been leading classes for RDT’s SummerDance16, its annual … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: From Colombia, Cimarrón’s exhilarating Joropo, Llanera music

One of the festival’s most anticipated offerings, Cimarrón, a Grammy-nominated ensemble from Colombia, will perform Joropo and Llanera music (June 26, 8:15 p.m., Festival Stage) as well as Zapateado (Stomp Llanero dance), accompanied by percussive strings and maracas, dynamic vocals and bracing pace. The group also will offer music and dance workshops, including basic techniques … Read more