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Francisco Gella Part III: Choreographic Inspiration

Francisco Gella Part III: Choreographic Inspiration

In this final video post, choreographer and former RDT dancer Francisco Gella talks about his inspiration for choreography, as well as offers advice to young choreographers about the creative process. Gella has been commission to create choreographic works for Repertory Dance Theatre, Ballet Pacifica, California Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet’s Shut-Up and Dance Production, PHILADANCO’s Danco on Danco program, Laguna Dance Festival, Tucson Regional Ballet, University of Utah Ballet Ensemble, University of Washington Faculty Concert, Irvine Valley College, Ballet East, DANCO/II, Booker…

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From Dancer to Choreographer: The RDT Evolution

From Dancer to Choreographer: The RDT Evolution

Francisco Gella danced with RDT from 1996-1998. It was his first professional dancing job after graduating from the University of Washington. Later he went on to dance with Philadelphia Dance Company and, later, Ballet Pacifica and the California Ballet. In the video below, Gella talks about what it has been like to work on the other side of creation in the RDT studio while creating his newest commission, “Aloneness,” premiering on RDT’s CURRENT, April 12-14 at The Rose Wagner Performing…

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Loneliness vs. Aloneness….

Loneliness vs. Aloneness….

What is the difference between loneliness and being alone? Choreographer Francisco Gella attempts to answer that question here, along with the need to embody on stage the human impulse to be alone while fearing loneliness. His effort, filled with virtuoso contemporary movement and an unusual stage prop, makes its first appearance in his new commission for Repertory Dance Theatre titled Aloneness.  Gella, an RDT alum dancer, took his inspiration (and the title of his new dance) from a children’s book by…

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REGALIA: Evolution of a Choreographer Competition

REGALIA: Evolution of a Choreographer Competition

Repertory Dance Theatre has always been a revolutionary dance company, ever since a group of Salt Lake City dancers beat out the big city stalwarts and were awarded a Rockefeller Foundation grant to establish the first repertory dance company in the nation. The same can be said of of its innovative approach to fundraising galas. Thirteen years ago, RDT dancer and now Artistic Associate Nicholas Cendese came up with the idea of a choreographer competition in the spirit of TV’s…

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Dance Lesson Plan #4: creative walking

Dance Lesson Plan #4: creative walking

Welcome to RDT’s series of posts for teachers who want to include movement/dance in their classrooms. This is the third post in the series. Feel free to take a look at the first post HERE, the second post HERE, the third post HERE. Our goal is to inspire teachers to use simple dance moves with their students to help them get to know each other as the school year starts.  The initial idea for what we are calling #RDTlessonplanofthemonth emerged from a…

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