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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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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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Thankful for RDT

Thankful for RDT

When it comes to RDT, our staff and dancers have so much to be thankful for!  We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and wish you joyous holiday season!  Below are some of the many things we are thankful for… Pilar… I’m thankful for all the opportunities RDT offers to think outside the box. To do something you’ve done before but different. Always changing, always growing, even when it’s a repeat. Lauren… I am thankful for my supportive family and friends, my…

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The Place for Art in America: Everywhere (Part 1)

The Place for Art in America: Everywhere (Part 1)

I’m a culture worker twice. I’m both an artist myself, and I’m a fundraiser for the arts. As a novelist and editor of creative writing, I pursue my own imaginative and expressive impulses through my craft, and with my vision of what I think literature has done and can continue to do to broaden and enrich the human enterprise. But as a fundraiser for Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), those pursuits are not so much “deep-sixed” as they are suddenly in vivid…

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My Hands: Inspiration and Creative Aging

My Hands: Inspiration and Creative Aging

My Hands … How would you finish that statement? This simple prompt is a wonderful beginning to an exercise that I learned at a Creative Aging workshop sponsored by engAGE Utah that helped artists learn how to build and implement creative artistic classes for seniors. Creative Aging is a blossoming field that has grown thanks to the serious and concerted efforts of several leaders like Dr. Gene Cohen, Susan Perlstein, and Stuart Kandell. Over the past several decades, these leaders,…

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