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“WE ARE CHANGED”: A day-by-day Report on RDT’s BEARS EARS Tour (Part 1)

“WE ARE CHANGED”: A day-by-day Report on RDT’s BEARS EARS Tour (Part 1)

By Linda C. Smith Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), believes that each of us has a unique “sense of place” that can be explored through movement and art. Out of this impulse now comes RDT’s new initiative “Sacred Lands/Sacred Waters” and its first iteration, linked to the newly-proclaimed Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. Titled “Dancing the Bears Ears” this new commission has been hatching for over 25 years. Americans are faced with many concerns about the future of our…

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Vigor, gusto, zest, enthusiasm . . . a note from the Executive/Artistic Director

Vigor, gusto, zest, enthusiasm . . . a note from the Executive/Artistic Director

By Linda C. Smith This weekend, RDT presents BRIO … an appropriate title for a concert filled with vigor, vivacity, gusto, verve, zest, enthusiasm, vitality, dynamism, animation, spirit and most of all energy. BRIO will present five works created by two incomparable artists known as Shapiro & Smith. Danial Shapiro & Joanie Smith, husband and wife, started collaborating in 1985. Fascinated by the situations and passions which shape our behavior, they made dances about real people, creating metaphors of trust, loss and…

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RDT goes Gaga … AGAIN (Part 1)

RDT goes Gaga … AGAIN (Part 1)

By Linda C. Smith Artistic | Executive Director At the turn of the 20th century, many dancers worldwide were exploring ways to express the energy of a new era … one that was influenced by technology, the access to travel and the discovery of scientific principles that were to change our lives forever. Daring choreographers boldly rejected the status quo and were determined to create new movement languages. That exploration continues through Gaga. As a repertory company, Repertory Dance Theatre…

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A Space Odyssey: part 3, Home Sweet Home

A Space Odyssey: part 3, Home Sweet Home

This is the final post of our 3-part series “A Space Odyssey” celebrating the creation of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (you can read the previous post in the series here.)  Be sure to join us this Saturday, August 27th, for the Rose Exposed celebration of “Flight” – a night to benefit the Tracy Aviary.  Click HERE for more information. Linda Smith meets I.J. “Izzi” Wagner In January 1994, RDT moved into the RESCO building at 138 West Broadway (300 S.)….

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A Space Odyssey, part 2: Dreaming Big

A Space Odyssey, part 2: Dreaming Big

This is part two of our series “A Space Odyssey” celebrating the creation of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (you can read part one here).  Be sure to join us this Saturday, August 27th, for the Rose Exposed celebration of Flight – a night to benefit the Tracy Aviary.  Click HERE for more information. Dreaming Big When I assumed the position of Artistic Director in 1983 and learned that our barracks building up at the University of Utah was slated…

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A Space Odyssey, part 1: Beginnings

A Space Odyssey, part 1: Beginnings

With the 5th annual Rose Exposed event next Saturday at The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, we thought it would be a great opportunity to explore how RDT’s home base came to be.  Over the next week, we’ll be posting the story as told by our very own Linda C. Smith, a founding member of RDT and the Company’s current Executive/Artistic Director.  Join us and find out, first hand, how this amazing center of art and community was born. And…

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