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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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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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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“We Are Changed”: A day-by-day Report on RDT’s Trip to Bears Ears (Part III)

“We Are Changed”: A day-by-day Report on RDT’s Trip to Bears Ears (Part III)

In Part II, Linda C. Smith, RDT’s Executive/Artistic Director, reported on the group’s visit to Fry Canyon Ruin, the precipitious switchbacks of Moki Dugway and a kiva at the Cave Tower Ruin before the dancers spent time doing improvisation, culminating in a shamanic healing ritual by one of the Native American guides, Ida Yellowman (Dine).  Here in the final installment, Part III, the group continues to the Moon House Ruin, The Procession Panel hike and a community gathering in Bluff, Utah,…

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“WE ARE CHANGED”: A day-by-day Report on RDT’s Trip to Bears Ears (Part II)

“WE ARE CHANGED”: A day-by-day Report on RDT’s Trip to Bears Ears (Part II)

In Part I, Linda C. Smith, RDT’s Executive/Artistic Director, talks about the origins of RDT’s new commission, inspired by the recently proclaimed Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. To tour the Bears Ears is to enmesh in oneself in the cultures of Native Americans who have lived in this area from time immemorial. It is not only an opportunity to see this sacred land, but to hear the stories of the people who call this land home. Here in…

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