Vigor, gusto, zest, enthusiasm . . . a note from the Executive/Artistic Director

Vigor, gusto, zest, enthusiasm . . . a note from the Executive/Artistic Director

By Linda C. Smith This weekend, RDT presents BRIO … an appropriate title for a concert filled with vigor, vivacity, gusto, verve, zest, enthusiasm, vitality, dynamism, animation, spirit and most of all energy. BRIO will present five works created by two incomparable artists known as Shapiro & Smith. Danial Shapiro & Joanie Smith, husband and wife, started collaborating in 1985. Fascinated by the situations and passions which shape our behavior, they made dances about real people, creating metaphors of trust, loss and…

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Bringing RDT’s BRIO to the Classroom

Bringing RDT’s BRIO to the Classroom

Next week, RDT will perform two student matinees for close to 700 students. Before the students see BRIO, they will receive a study guide from our Education Director Lynne Larson to help them understand what they will see. Also, teachers are given lesson plans to help the students prepare for what they will see in the show. Here are some lesson plans you can try with your dance students.  Lesson Plan—Small Area Choreography In Turf and Jack, much of the…

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Performance Etiquette

Performance Etiquette

By RDT Board Member, Jaelynn Jenkins Good manners are about more than following musty dictates from a Victorian-era matron, but rather a show of appreciation for the hard work and time that each artist has spent to create a piece for the audience’s enjoyment.   As a lifelong theatergoer, I’ve attended everything from Broadway musicals in the Big Apple to cello recitals for my younger cousins in their parents’ living rooms. Nearly all of those performances have similar concert etiquette…

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BRIO – explore the legacy of Shapiro & Smith

BRIO – explore the legacy of Shapiro & Smith

RDT has had a wonderful relationship with Danny Shapiro and Joanie Smith for many, many years.  In a few weeks, RDT’s Brio will showcase an evening of their works spanning the 20+ year relationship we’ve had.  Crowd favorites like Dance with Two Army Blankets and RDT commissions like Turf return to the stage for an evening on athleticism, daring, and adventure. We sat down with Joanie, and one of her company dancers Scott, last year when they were in town…

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The Place for Art in America: Everywhere (Part 2)

The Place for Art in America: Everywhere (Part 2)

In the first part of this two-part series, I talked about how arts and humanities groups need to position themselves to be seen, heard, and appreciated by businesses and corporations as part of the larger economic web. In this part I propose that, in and of itself, that is not enough: we need cash support, as well as partnerships that are mutually beneficial and focused on community-building. Where I live, tech companies have been moving in like bedraggled pioneers once…

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#tourlife: An Inside Look at RDT on the Road

#tourlife: An Inside Look at RDT on the Road

By Lauren Curley October 3, 2016: Fresh off a weekend of shows, we meet our Artistic Associate Nick Cendese at the Rose Wagner bright and early and hit the road for Laramie, WY. Later that day Jaclyn and Justin teach a master class for the University of Wyoming students and Nick begins choreography with them. The rest of us get unpacked and head to rehearsal. Our tour show is slightly different than the one we just performed, so we wanted…

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