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“The Best Math Ever”: Designer Pilar Davis & the Art of RDT Dance

“The Best Math Ever”: Designer Pilar Davis & the Art of RDT Dance

by David G. Pace Pilar Davis admits to being an adrenaline junkie. She loves art and she loves live art, and you can tell. In a planning meeting late last year for RDT’s annual choreographer competition and fundraiser, she talked fast, expressively, and yet somehow maintained a gracious coherency as she factored in the needs and opinions of others. Still, sometimes when you’re working with Pilar you feel like you need to wear a helmet. Dont get me wrong: it’s…

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Finding Touring Opportunities for RDT

Finding Touring Opportunities for RDT

by RICKLEN NOBIS  The best part of the job of booking Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) on tour is the opportunity to develop long-standing relationships with wonderful and enlightened community arts presenters all over the country.  The job of community arts presenters in turn is a true balancing act:  how to present a season of local performances to their respective audiences that offers a full and diverse palette of artistic experience? How—for example—does an RDT performance fit in with a concert…

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SACRED LANDS / SACRED WATERS: Public Events

SACRED LANDS / SACRED WATERS: Public Events

Repertory Dance Theatre believes that each of us has a unique “sense of place” that can be explored through movement and art. RDT’s newest commission by Zvi Gotheiner, Sacred Lands/Sacred Waters, is the Company’s latest exploration, this time, linked to the newly-proclaimed Bears Ears National Monument in south-eastern Utah. This new work will be a tribute to Bears Ears, to the collaboration of Native tribes, and to the sacred spaces in each of our lives. RDT wants to honor the land,…

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America’s National Dance

America’s National Dance

Many countries have a national dance. The Polish have the polka, the Catalans have the Sardana, the Greeks have the Kalamatianos dance. Jordan and much of the Arab world refer to their ritual line dance as the dabke, while the Chinese are perhaps best known for the dragon and lion dances which stem from the Han Dynasty. But what is the national dance of America, and what makes it distinctly American? There is a “new world” dance and that dance was created…

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Utah Dine Bikeyah & RDT: The Ethic of a Sacred Land

Utah Dine Bikeyah & RDT: The Ethic of a Sacred Land

Repertory Dance Theatre is the only dance company to receive a grant from the (currently) embattled Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and at the time (2011) the Company took some hard hits from Utah’s congressional delegation, two of whom argued that, especially during a recession, funding from the Federal Government to a modern dance company–even one as celebrated as the country’s premier repertory dance company–was an example of government waste. Long before that tempest in a teapot, RDT had dedicated itself…

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Accounting for Change at Repertory Dance Theater, part 2

Accounting for Change at Repertory Dance Theater, part 2

By Joanna L. Johnston, MBA, CPA RDT Board Treasurer and UACPA Non-Profit Committee Member This article was originally published in The Journal Entry, a publication of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants. Writes Joanna, “Since this article was published in 2014, I’ve learned so much more about Repertory Dance Theatre and the art form. Consequently, I’ve re-upped for another term as a trustee of RDT’s board. This extended stay at America’s premier repertory dance company has given me added…

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