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From the Choreographer: William “Bill” Evans

From the Choreographer: William “Bill” Evans

In this artistic statement, William “Bill” Evans talks about his upcoming concert at Repertory Dance Theatre (Nov. 16-18, 2017) TOP BILL, a retrospective of five decades of choreography. Evans, an RDT dancer alum, has regularly returned to Utah, where he is from, to create new work for RDT and to re-stage contemporary classics from his prodigious oeuvre. RDT’s second concert of its 52nd Season, TOP BILL showcases the breadth and virtuosity of Evan’s lengthy career as a dancer (both modern,…

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Letting the Movement Happen to Us: Reflections of a UVU Guest Dancer in RDT’s “Tower”

Letting the Movement Happen to Us: Reflections of a UVU Guest Dancer in RDT’s “Tower”

By Lauren Bloomfield When I first found out that we were going to be working with Andy Noble and Repertory Dance Theatre and would perform in their concert, I was amazed. Though excited and grateful for the opportunity, I was also nervous. This would be a very different experience than what I had done before, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. First off, I haven’t worked in that big of a group of dancers since high school and, even…

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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 BEARS EARS Tour (Part I)

“WE ARE CHANGED”: A day-by-day Report on RDT’s BEARS EARS Tour (Part I)

By Linda C. Smith Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), believes that each of us has a unique “sense of place” that can be explored through movement and art. Out of this impulse now comes RDT’s new initiative “Sacred Lands/Sacred Waters” and its first iteration, linked to the newly-proclaimed Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. Titled “Dancing the Bears Ears” this new commission has been hatching for over 25 years. Americans are faced with many concerns about the future of our…

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DABKE … in images

DABKE … in images

Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT)  had a wonderful weekend of performing April 6-8, 2017 RDT’s Season closer DABKE, one of the dancers’ favorite pieces to perform. We had three straight nights of standing ovations, heartfelt comments from audience members, and an amazing emotional connection to the work and to the audience. RDT dancer Efren Corado Garcia epitomizes the gratitude and enthusiasm of all of the dancers when he reported, “We are so lucky to be able to live in a community which…

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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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