Backstage at Utah Arts Festival 2014: Four Utah dance companies celebrate the community

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

Salt Lake City’s professional dance scene is extensive and nationally respected, a significant accomplishment in a city of this size. In additional to Christopher Ruud’s works premiere commission which will be performed by members of Ballet West, four dance companies are performing at this year’s Utah Arts Festival. Ririe Woodbury, June 27, 6 p.m., Festival … Read more

Backstage at Utah Arts Festival 2014: ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ ‘Jura,’ ‘Drum’ highlight new music, dance commissions

Japanese taiko drums, a collection of frying pans, mixing bowls and blenders, and a small Scottish island called Jura might appear to be a curious, even odd list. However these have become inspirational elements for this year’s world premiere commissions in chamber music, jazz, and dance at the Utah Arts Festival. The trio of artists … Read more

Backstage at Utah Arts Festival 2014: A grand preview to show why this is not your grandparents’ art festival

When the gates open on June 26 to Utah’s largest arts and cultural gathering in its central downtown location, festival visitors will see as many new faces as familiar ones in every single venue and event. There are familiar and new faces everywhere. For example, the artist marketplace will have 163 artists including 56 from … Read more

Backstage at Utah Arts Festival 2014: Australia’s Strange Fruit raises artistic experience to new heights on festival plaza

Twice each evening during the Utah Arts Festival with a soundtrack that includes musical excerpts from Mozart to swing, four performers will act out a universally approachable timeless story of a boy and girl in romance, expressing love, loss, jealousy and joy. However, the quartet of performers will be dancing, flirting and adding comic gestures while atop … Read more

The Pushers By SB Dance

The Pushers by SB Dance

By 8:15 pm on Friday night of Pride Festival Weekend, the Rose Wagner Black Box Theater was transformed from a performance space into a tableaux of actors, fans, and benefactors. The crowd surged in for the opening night of The Pushers, an original performance by SB Dance. The audience knew few details in advance about … Read more