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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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SummerDance: From One Opportunity Right Into The Next

SummerDance: From One Opportunity Right Into The Next

by Katherine Kain From one amazing opportunity Repertory Dance Theatre has brought me right into another. Last Friday was the final day of RDT’s SummerDance Limon Workshop, the perfect segue into yet another opportunity beginning this week to develop as a professional dancer. But first . . . more about the Limon Workshop. During the week-long workshop with artist-teacher and Limon Mater Nina Watt, I learned so much valuable information about myself and my own technique, and I learned some…

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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 COME OUT DANCING TOGETHER” Red Rock Stories Gives Language to the Spirit of RDT’s New Commission

“WE COME OUT DANCING TOGETHER” Red Rock Stories Gives Language to the Spirit of RDT’s New Commission

by Stephen Trimble The leaders of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition use the word “healing” whenever they define their relationship with the redrock of Utah’s public lands. Eric Descheenie says, “By protecting these sacred ancestral lands we can take an important step towards healing.” Descheenie, a Navajo, emphasizes this “indigenous truth” as the foundation for all discussions about why the newly-proclaimed Bears Ears National Monument needs our attention. For Navajo leader Willie Grayeyes, “protecting Bears Ears is not just about…

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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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