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“I Yell Because I Care”: Honoring Janet Gray, SLC Dance Legend

“I Yell Because I Care”: Honoring Janet Gray, SLC Dance Legend

By Linda C. Smith Artistic/Executive Director, RDT During TOP BILL (Nov. 16-18, 2017), Repertory Dance Theatre honors a dedicated RDT Board Trustee, a friend, and a beloved member of the dance community. Known for her dynamic energy, wry sense of humor and her dedication to the arts, Janet Muse Gray has created a legacy that has helped make Utah a renowned center for dance in the nation. Many people have a mentor whose influence and guidance they’ll never forget. For…

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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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“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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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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