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: Some random acts of opera for the City Library urban atrium

Sometimes art’s most appreciated beauty arises randomly to the observer’s delight. The cathedral-like atrium in the City Library’s Urban Room, just one of the many high-traffic areas of the Utah Arts Festival, is a musician’s dream for acoustics, especially for opera singers. Perched in the middle of the overhang on the second floor, a singer … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: Chad Farnes’ artistic transformation of humble tape materials

Local artist Chad Farnes is one of the 55 new artists at this year’s Utah Arts Festival and he is one of the 34 who have never before shown at any juried festival exhibition. The California native discovered the artistic possibilities of painter’s tape when a college roommate in Utah used it to decorate a … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: Lee Hendrickson’s photography captures transient beauty of crystals in realms of art, science

When Lee Hendrickson is creating his fine photographic art images from precisely what he is seeing under the microscope, the research biologist-cum-artist has no way to go back. “Crystals don’t last so I have only one chance,” he explains. Hendrickson’s photographic art with crystals, which he grows from a solution, is the culmination of a … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: Anna Gieselman’s jewelry inspired by experiences as beekeeper

This year at the Utah Arts Festival’s Artists Marketplace, Anna Gieselman’s jewelry art (Booth 150) not only impresses visitors but also serves a large purpose as a percentage of sales proceeds is donated to nonprofit organizations dealing with the issues of vulnerability nature’s bee population endures. Bee Amour Jewelry showcases the work created by the … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: Tyler Voorhees’ collage paintings pay tribute to history of manual labor

Tyler Voorhees, 32, remembers plenty of tree forts and fishing poles during his childhood days on the flatlands of eastern South Dakota, which would help formulate his later creative development on his current collaging technique for his paintings. Today, he and his wife, Ashley and son, Ivan, live in Fort Collins, Colorado, where Voorhees now … 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

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: A closer look at some of the nationally known Literary Arts performers, poets, songwriters

This year’s Literary Arts venue at the 40th annual Utah Arts Festival brings numerous literary figures from the country in a series of performances slated for The Big Mouth Stage. The Utah Review had the gracious honor of interviewing several who will be appearing as part of the largest program offering ever at the festival’s … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: The ‘internationally acclaimed aliens’ of Neighbourhood Watch Stilts International

Having visited more than 40 countries in more than 20 years, the Neighbourhood Watch Stilts International members have become thoroughly versed in the curious and even sometimes bizarre intricacies of the bureaucracy underlying the process of obtaining visas for the purposes of international performance. However, for the group of seven performing artists who will be … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: 40 Years New

It becomes immediately evident that Utah’s history in arts and culture is as rich in pioneer spirit as when the settlers first descended into the Salt Lake valley nearly 170 years ago. In 1899, at the age of 30, Alice Merrill Horne was elected to the Utah Legislature (the third woman to do so) and … Read more