Presenting a generation of new dance-makers who articulate the physical and emotional energy of contemporary life. It's fresh, it's current, it's now. This ground-breaking concert features work by RDT alumni Francisco Gella, Sarah Donohue, and Angela Banchero-Kelleher plus the winner of the 2017 REGALIA choreographer competition, Nichele Van Portfleet.
"ALONENESS" - (world-premiere) by Francisco Gella
Based on a 1971 book by the Pulitzer Prize winning author Gwendolyn Brooks, this piece explores the difference between being alone and being lonely.
"MATERIAL TOKENS OF THE FREEDOM OF THOUGHT" (2014) by Angela Banchero-Kelleher
An emotional, profoundly philosophical piece, ‘Material Tokens’ is a personal tribute to the choreographer's mother after her death.
"STILL LIFE WITH FLIGHT" - by Sarah Donohue
The blossoming of a danced relationship revealed through precise and surprising, full-bodied musical phrasing and superbly nuanced gesture.
WORLD-PREMIERE by Nichele Van Portfleet
Van Portfleet was the winner of the 2017 REGALIA choreographer competition.
Angela Banchero-Kelleher, MFA, is an Associate Professor of Modern Dance at Utah Valley University. She has had a professional career spanning over twenty years, including 15 years with Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), during which time she was a featured dancer in both the classical and contemporary work spanning the modern repertory from Duncan to Zvi Gotheiner. Her performance/teaching career has taken her to venues worldwide, including the La Bella Vita Arts dance workshop in Italy for 4 years and as a guest teacher at Repertory Dance Theatre’s summer workshop specializing in Humphrey/Limon technique. She maintains a deep commitment to RDT and continues to teach and reset roles for the company, most recently the solo from Pigs and Fishes by Elisa Monte. She has presented her choreography internationally, notably Lacuna in Copenhagen at the daCi International conference and Blackbird in Austria. Material Tokens of the Freedom of Thought, was selected for the gala concert at the regional ACDA concert in Missoula, Montana and was performed by Repertory Dance Theatre this past spring. she is currently pursuing scholarship that reflects her interest in dance as a vehicle for social and political activism, presenting her scholarly research internationally and co- publishing a paper in the International Journal of Arts in Society. Angela was awarded the School of the Arts Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, 2016.
Sarah Donohue danced professionally with Repertory Dance Theatre from 2009-2014 where she taught workshops, choreographed, and performed the work of Isadora Duncan, Michio Ito, Doris Humphrey, José Limón, John Butler, Yvonne Rainer, Merce Cunningham, Zvi Gotheiner, and others. Along with colleague Aaron Wood, Sarah co-directed and choreographed for My Turkey Sandwich, a dance theatre company they founded in 2008. My Turkey Sandwich produced three evening-length performances and set work on Contemporary Dance Ensemble at Utah Valley University. Sarah began her formal training and dance education at the University of Arizona where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. After moving back to Colorado and teaching all levels and genres of dance for two years, Sarah came to Salt Lake City to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. During graduate school, Sarah completed the Integrated Movement Studies Program to become a Certified Laban Movement Analyst. She has performed, taught and choreographed nationally and internationally, including Arts Across Nebraska, Montana Dance Arts Association, De Sales University, Rutgers University, The University of Utah, The University of Oregon, Weber State College, The University of Colorado, and Bella Vita Arts Workshop in Livorno, Italy. Sarah’s research surrounds the topic of physical humor and how Laban Movement Analysis can reveal incongruent movement patterns that produce humor, which she presented at the International Society for Humor Studies conference in Dublin, Ireland in 2016. Additionally, Sarah was honored to have her choreography, Still Life with Flight, be selected to perform at the American College Dance Association’s National Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Francisco Gella's distinguished career as a professional dancer, choreographer, artistic director and dance educator in the genres of ballet, modern and contemporary dance, spans more than twenty years since he took his first ballet class at the University of Washington during his freshman year. Universities, schools, and companies seek after his awardwinning innovative choreography, and highly effective inspirational teaching methods, across North America as well and around the globe. Francisco is the founding artistic director COLABO Youth Dance Collective and currently has artistic residencies in Orem, Utah and Dallas, Texas. He also serves as ballet director for the nationally acclaimed 24 Seven Dance Convention. Born in Bacolod City, Philippines, Mr. Gella immigrated to the United States at age eleven and now resides in Santa Fe, NM.
Nichele Van Portfleet
Nichele Van Portfleet is a dance-artist currently living in Salt Lake City. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nichele worked as a dancer, choreographer and teacher in SF, Oakland, and the North Bay before relocating in 2016 to SLC for the University of Utah’s graduate program in Modern Dance. While in the Bay she had the honor of working with choreographers Christine Cali, Kristen Daley, Joe Goode, Nancy Lyons, Virginia Matthews & Mo Miner, among others.Since her arrival to Salt Lake City, Nichele has been actively engaged in the community alongside her work at the U. The winner of Repertory Dance Theatre's 2017 Regalia contest, Nichele was honored to receive the opportunity to create a new work for the company, set to premiere in their Spring showcase, Current, April 12-14, 2018. Nichele was also thrilled to spend the summer studying with Doug Varone through his DEVICES mentorship program in New York City, through which she premiered Stranger Kin in NYC August 10-12.