In. Memory. Of. is the second rendition of a movement performance that utilizes spoken text. This informed environment speaks to the many realities enveloping mental health and wellness. Choreographer Dan Higgins and his dancers wade into this subject with purpose to raise consciousness and cultivate a meaningful, viscerally-experienced evening. The hope is that within this space the experience will engender further conversations in support of those who battle these complexities and of those who care for them.
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From the Choreographer
My name is Dan Higgins, I am a current company member with Repertory Dance Theatre. I am writing this to include you in the recent developments of my artistic journey. As you know, I am carving my path through life as a professional dancer, choreographer and educator with the help and guidance of RDT.
Most recently, along side my immense schedule with Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), I have found myself delving deeply into the art and practice of contemporary choreography. In that, a driving force behind my work has been the mergence of semantic expression and body composition as they relate to the human condition. My current project, In. Memory. Of., is largely inspired by the recent passing of my father.
This piece has allowed me to work through some of the harsh realities that I now face as a young man without the stern yet loving guidance of a decorated Vietnam Green Beret. As I discover my new reality, I find myself often reflecting on my connection with my father, and now realize how large a role mental wellness played in our relationship. This type of trauma, for the individual and their families, I feel warrants more exploration and healing through artistic expression.
The conception of this work has been demanding yet fruitful, it has come to life over a period of nine months and continues to push myself and the other five performers to new heights. I am reaching out to my surrounding network so collectively we can ensure that this work, In. Memory. Of., is utilized in the ongoing campaign against mental illness. Only by recognizing and accepting our obstacles can we find solace.
For more information on how you can be involved, please visit our web page listed below.
Thank you and best wishes to you and your family,
About RDT's Link Series
This concert is presented by RDT’s LINK Series, an outreach program offering independent choreographers the opportunity to present their work in performance. RDT provides infrastructure and advisory support for production and marketing, while allowing the choreographer to retain artistic autonomy.
LINK is supported in part by the Utah Arts Division of Arts and Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Salt Lake City Arts Council, and the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks Program.