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“I Yell Because I Care”: Honoring Janet Gray, SLC Dance Legend

“I Yell Because I Care”: Honoring Janet Gray, SLC Dance Legend

By Linda C. Smith Artistic/Executive Director, RDT During TOP BILL (Nov. 16-18, 2017), Repertory Dance Theatre honors a dedicated RDT Board Trustee, a friend, and a beloved member of the dance community. Known for her dynamic energy, wry sense of humor and her dedication to the arts, Janet Muse Gray has created a legacy that has helped make Utah a renowned center for dance in the nation. Many people have a mentor whose influence and guidance they’ll never forget. For…

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From the Choreographer: William “Bill” Evans

From the Choreographer: William “Bill” Evans

In this artistic statement, William “Bill” Evans talks about his upcoming concert at Repertory Dance Theatre (Nov. 16-18, 2017) TOP BILL, a retrospective of five decades of choreography. Evans, an RDT dancer alum, has regularly returned to Utah, where he is from, to create new work for RDT and to re-stage contemporary classics from his prodigious oeuvre. RDT’s second concert of its 52nd Season, TOP BILL showcases the breadth and virtuosity of Evan’s lengthy career as a dancer (both modern,…

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From the Artistic/Executive Director: SANCTUARY

From the Artistic/Executive Director: SANCTUARY

Written by Linda C. Smith Artistic/Executive Director We live in a country like no other. As Americans, the landscape we call home has always been part of our continuing story. Since the early 1990’s, RDT has been commissioning works that celebrate and examine our human connection to land and water, critical issues here in America’s Mountain and Southwest regions. SANCTUARY focuses on landscapes that are mysterious and powerful. It is a concert designed to raise consciousness about how we relate…

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Looking Forward To SUMMERDANCE 2017

Looking Forward To SUMMERDANCE 2017

By Katherine Kain I never quite know what’s in store for me when starting a SummerDance workshop at Repertory Dance Theatre. I know that I’m going to be challenged to think outside the box, to consider new perspectives, to be pushed to new physical extremes, and that I’m going to grow into a more thoughtful, passionate dancer. In the past, RDT has always brought in diverse, unexpected, incredibly qualified artists to Salt Lake City to share their experiences during the summer workshops….

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“We Are Changed”: A day-by-day Report on RDT’s Trip to Bears Ears (Part III)

“We Are Changed”: A day-by-day Report on RDT’s Trip to Bears Ears (Part III)

In Part II, Linda C. Smith, RDT’s Executive/Artistic Director, reported on the group’s visit to Fry Canyon Ruin, the precipitious switchbacks of Moki Dugway and a kiva at the Cave Tower Ruin before the dancers spent time doing improvisation, culminating in a shamanic healing ritual by one of the Native American guides, Ida Yellowman (Dine).  Here in the final installment, Part III, the group continues to the Moon House Ruin, The Procession Panel hike and a community gathering in Bluff, Utah,…

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“WE ARE CHANGED”: A day-by-day Report on RDT’s Trip to Bears Ears (Part II)

“WE ARE CHANGED”: A day-by-day Report on RDT’s Trip to Bears Ears (Part II)

In Part I, Linda C. Smith, RDT’s Executive/Artistic Director, talks about the origins of RDT’s new commission, inspired by the recently proclaimed Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. To tour the Bears Ears is to enmesh in oneself in the cultures of Native Americans who have lived in this area from time immemorial. It is not only an opportunity to see this sacred land, but to hear the stories of the people who call this land home. Here in…

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