Reviews confirm the exciting return to live performances: RDT Link Series’ Sandbox, Bachauer recital with Sergey Belyavsky, NOVA Chamber Music Series’ Songs of Life

Every weekend in Salt Lake City has at least one, if not several, outstanding programs for the performing arts enthusiast. The Utah Review continues its roundup of arts organizations returning to live performances after the pandemic hiatus of more than 18 months.  REPERTORY DANCE THEATRE (RDT) LINK SERIES: SANDBOX, AN EVENING OF DANCE BY DAN … Read more

Second November weekend concert highlights to include RDT Link Series’ Sandbox, Bachauer recital with Sergey Belyavsky, NOVA Chamber Music Series’ Songs of Life

Among the events blossoming on the Salt Lake City performing arts calendar for the second weekend of November are a dance concert of new works by local artists, a recital by the 2018 Bachauer international artist competition’s bronze medalist and a chamber music concert of six pieces featuring 18 musicians from Utah and New Mexico. … Read more

Utah Arts Festival 2021: artÉmotion in collaboration with Ballet West set to premiere five dance commissions with live music

In the decade since the Utah Arts Festival added dance commissions to its chamber music and jazz world premieres, Ballet West artists have established stellar standards in the program. This year’s program (Aug. 27, 4:45 p.m., Festival Stage), however, takes the dance commissions to a new level, featuring more new works and artists than ever … Read more

Genuine warmth of artistry in premiere of Fragments Of …, dance work by Laura Brick, Dan Higgins

Before the pandemic halted live concerts and shows, performers were more likely than not to welcome the audience from the stage within the first moments of starting, if at all. Prior to performing in the Studio Theatre at the Rose Wagner Center for Performing Arts, dance artists Dan Higgins and Laura Brick went to every … Read more

Live dance performance returns to the stage in the Rose Wagner Center for Performing Arts with Fragments Of…, new work by Laura Brick and Dan Higgins

There has been a recent spate of articles about the dynamics of live performances as musicians, actors and dancers return to the stage after more than 14 months of pandemic restrictions. While some have focused on anxieties, fears and awkward feelings for both performers and audiences, others have taken on a different tone.  In an … Read more

Stress, healing, empowerment: The top 10 moments of The Utah Enlightenment in 2020

INTRODUCTION One year ago, when The Utah Review presented the 2019 edition of the top 10 moments of the Utah Enlightenment, it was a jubilant representation of Utah’s integral strengths as a community of the arts and the momentum that catapulted Salt Lake City as one of the Intermountain West’s most dynamic centers for creative … Read more

Grace and beauty in a downtown underpass: OuterSpace concert sets high mark in Salt Lake City’s dance culture of impressive artistic entrepreneurship

One might never imagine that finding a tranquil sense of healing in the space of an underpass below 600 South and 600 West in downtown Salt Lake City is possible. Above this concrete open cave, cars rumble persistently on one of the city’s busiest interstate interchanges. Nearby, Union Pacific and Utah Railway trains pass by … Read more

Dan Higgins’ Speak is fascinating choreography of spatial form in storytelling

If we abide by tradition, many storytellers pursue the arc for the temporal narrative model. Suggesting a different emphasis, 75 years ago, Joseph Frank published the essay The Idea of Spatial Form, and among the novelists he discussed was Marcel Proust, who excelled at streams of consciousness writing. He wrote, “Proust gives us what might … Read more

Speak, by Dan Higgins, set to premiere as part of Repertory Dance Theatre’s Link Series

Perhaps the most consequential development in Salt Lake City’s outstanding modern dance scene is the uninhibited freedom of choreographers and dance artists to create movement with a potent story-telling connection. Movement languages provide multiple canvases for dancers finding their voice precisely in the way a poet, author, playwright or philosopher would approach. Add music to … Read more

Dan Higgins: A profile of an emerging choreographer in Salt Lake City

In explaining the unrelenting discipline of training, the Stoic philosopher Epictetus wrote, “Then when the contest comes on, you have to ‘dig in’ beside your opponent, and sometimes dislocate your wrist, sprain your ankle, swallow quantities of sand, sometimes take a scourging, and along with all that get beaten. After you have considered all these … Read more