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VOYAGE: RDT takes you on a trip through World Dance

VOYAGE: RDT takes you on a trip through World Dance

Using the Utah Core Curriculum Standards for Dance, Social Studies and Language Arts, Repertory Dance Theatre presented a special matinee to over 1,500 students last week at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.

American Modern Dance is a rich tapestry which has been influenced by the music and movement of cultures worldwide. Dance has been part of community life as a form of communication, empowerment, and entertainment for centuries. Rhythms and patterns gathered from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas connect the past with the present to illustrate how dance can document history and culture and tell our collective story. Take your own voyage below with some highlights of the concert. You can see excerpts from Voyage Saturday, March 11 at 11:00 AM at RDT’s Ring Around the Rose.

DANCES FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE

Dance from Africa

The first dances were prayers designed to send messages to the gods … they insured a bountiful harvest and celebrated the important events in the life of the community. A birth, a marriage or a coming-of-age ceremony all involved dance. Dances were thought to give people magical power over the elements … Dances were performed to invite the sun to rise and to bring the rain.

For VOYAGE Rosie Banchero (our RDT Dance Center on Broadway African teacher) taught us a traditional West African dance that we performed with live drummers!

Photo by Sharon Kain

 

FOLK DANCE around the World and the DABKE

Dabke is a traditional folk dance found all across the Middle East. It combines circle dancing and line dancing and is widely performed at weddings and other joyous occasions. Each country in the Middle East has their own version–some similar and some very different from each other. In some countries, anyone can dance the dabke. In others, it is only allowed for either men or women to dance the dabke.  In Jordan, there are 19 different types of the dabke dance.

Folk dances can be found all over the world and were some of the first dances to bring people together in celebration. Folk dances were used to create a sense of community and mark a special occasion.  What is your heritage and ethnicity? Do you have any folk dances that connect you to your background?  Do you know any of them?

P.S. – RDT will be performing the full evening-length work by Zvi Gotheiner, DABKE, April 6-8, 2017. 

ASIAN DANCES: MICHIO ITO

Ethnic dances from Asia have inspired American choreographers. An ancient form of theater in Japan known as Kabuki is a rich blend of music, dance and pantomime. It has spectacular staging and costuming and the movement is performed in a highly stylized manner. Kabuki has been a major theatrical form in Japan for almost 4 centuries and it inspired a Japanese-American dancer named Michio Ito to create modern dances that blend movement from both Eastern and Western Cultures about 100 years ago.

Photo by Sharon Kain

EAST INDIAN DANCE

Dance in India goes back thousands of years. It is one of the oldest forms in the world. Most of the classical dance in India has developed from a type of dance/drama in which performers act out a story from Hindu mythology almost exclusively through gestures. The complexity of the footwork lies in elaborate stamping rhythms and many dancers wear bells around their ankles, supplying their own accompaniment. The torso, face, arms and hands are extremely active. The head movement emphasizing the dancer’s changing facial expressions and the movement of the torso is graceful and fluid. The movement of the hands and arms is subtle and elaborate, every gesture has a function and a meaning. Indian dancers have a vast number of gestures through which they express complex events, ideas and emotions. For example, there are 13 gestures of the head, 36 different glances, and 67 hand gestures, that can, in different combinations, yield several thousand different meanings.

Raksha Karpoor (RDT’s Dance Center on Broadway BOLLYWOOD teacher) choreographed this awesome piece for us!

Photo by Sharon Kain

STEPPIN’

Steppin’ is an African American art form, a form of percussive dance in which the entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word and hand claps. It is jazz, funk, rhythm and blues and rap without instruments.

Photo by Sharon Kain

We’ll be performing excerpts of this show on Saturday, March 11 at RDT’s Ring Around the Rose. Learn more here.

Ring Around the Rose Season kicks off!

Ring Around the Rose Season kicks off!

RDT’s Ring Around the Rose is a series of performances at our home, the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center that Repertory Dance Theatre presents each year. On the second Saturday of every month from September through May, we present a different performing arts group to an audience of children and their families.

On Saturday, September 10, the 19th season of Ring Around the Rose kicked off with one of our favorites … AFRICAN DRUMS! Deja Mitchell brought in a guest artist, Derrell “Sekou Soumah” Walker from Portland, Oregon and the two of them gave us all a look at African drumming and dancing.

Check out the fun we all had!

Check out our new photo booth for this year! Take photos in the lobby next time you come.
Our new photo booth this year will allow you to take photos in the lobby next time you come! Then, share them with your friends!

 

Our host for the show, Derrell "Sekou Soumah" Walker.
Our host for the show, Derrell “Sekou Soumah” Walker.

 

The audience takes their turn at playing the "djembes."
The audience takes their turn at playing the “djembes.”

 

More audience members try their hand!
More audience members try their hand!

 

Sekou Soumah smiles as he teaches the rhythms of West Africa.
Sekou Soumah smiles as he teaches the rhythms of West Africa.

 

The audience got to learn some authentic African dance moves!
The audience got to learn some authentic African dance moves!

 

Sekou Soumah let the audience follow along to learn the moves
Sekou Soumah let the audience follow along to learn the moves

 

We all had so much fun!
We all had so much fun!

Next month, we are thrilled to have Plan-B Theatre Company on the season for the first time! They will be presenting, THE EDIBLE COMPLEX on October 8.

Created for grades 4-6, THE EDIBLE COMPLEX is a comedy about ten-year-old Anna, who dreams of being a chef. She is also becoming aware of how her body is different from others at school. So, one day she decides to stop eating, but it’s hard to ignore your Food when it starts talking to you!

Featuring Anne Louise Brings and Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin, designed by Aaron Swenson, and directed by Cheryl Ann Cluff, THE EDIBLE COMPLEX is just one of 9 concerts that make up this year’s beloved Ring Around the Rose. And at just $5 per ticket ($4 if you buy a season package), it won’t break the bank to get your kids into an interactive, “wiggle-friendly” outing that will make them smile as big as Sekou Soumah’s at AFRICAN DRUMS!

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