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The Iconic Tale of Izzy and SLC’s The Rose Wagner

The Iconic Tale of Izzy and SLC’s The Rose Wagner

The story is now iconic. It has the quality of an urban legend, but it is indubitably true. Repertory Dance Theatre’s original home in the army barracks at the University of Utah was being demolished. RDT was homeless. Going here, going there . . . at one point “squatting” at the old Salt Palace. That they ended up in an old restaurant equipment warehouse on west Broadway (300 South) in Salt Lake City was indeed fortuitous. Who knew that the…

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A Rose is a Rose . . . The Rose Wagner Turns 20

A Rose is a Rose . . . The Rose Wagner Turns 20

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since the Rose Wagner opened its doors? A Rose is a Rose. . . but there’s only one Rose Wagner, the arts complex of dance studios and small to mid-sized theaters in Salt Lake City, home of Repertory Dance Theatre. Affectionately known as “The Rose,” the brainchild of the Performing Arts Coalition formed in part by RDT’s own Linda C. Smith, turns 20 this year. Since then, the Capital City of Utah has…

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In loving memory: Kathleen McClintock McCormick

In loving memory: Kathleen McClintock McCormick

Always in our memory. Kathleen McClintock McCormick. We called her KJ. She was a dancer with Repertory Dance Theatre from 1967-1974, during the formative years. Her beautiful dancing and vivacious spirit, her dynamic energy and charisma helped put RDT on the national dance map. Whether she was performing the seductive movement of John Butler’s The Initiate, or creating edgy drama in Richard Kutch’s The Brood, our KJ was incomparable. Smart and funny, spirited and genuine, Kathleen was and will be unforgettable. 1967-1972 | Member…

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Francisco Gella Part III: Choreographic Inspiration

Francisco Gella Part III: Choreographic Inspiration

In this final video post, choreographer and former RDT dancer Francisco Gella talks about his inspiration for choreography, as well as offers advice to young choreographers about the creative process. Gella has been commission to create choreographic works for Repertory Dance Theatre, Ballet Pacifica, California Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet’s Shut-Up and Dance Production, PHILADANCO’s Danco on Danco program, Laguna Dance Festival, Tucson Regional Ballet, University of Utah Ballet Ensemble, University of Washington Faculty Concert, Irvine Valley College, Ballet East, DANCO/II, Booker…

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From Dancer to Choreographer: The RDT Evolution

From Dancer to Choreographer: The RDT Evolution

Francisco Gella danced with RDT from 1996-1998. It was his first professional dancing job after graduating from the University of Washington. Later he went on to dance with Philadelphia Dance Company and, later, Ballet Pacifica and the California Ballet. In the video below, Gella talks about what it has been like to work on the other side of creation in the RDT studio while creating his newest commission, “Aloneness,” premiering on RDT’s CURRENT, April 12-14 at The Rose Wagner Performing…

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Loneliness vs. Aloneness….

Loneliness vs. Aloneness….

What is the difference between loneliness and being alone? Choreographer Francisco Gella attempts to answer that question here, along with the need to embody on stage the human impulse to be alone while fearing loneliness. His effort, filled with virtuoso contemporary movement and an unusual stage prop, makes its first appearance in his new commission for Repertory Dance Theatre titled Aloneness.  Gella, an RDT alum dancer, took his inspiration (and the title of his new dance) from a children’s book by…

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