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"(2016) - by Sarah Donohue
The blossoming of a danced relationship revealed through precise and surprising, full-bodied musical phrasing and superbly nuanced gesture.
"FLOOD" (world premiere) by Nichele Van Portfleet
Van Portfleet was the winner of the 2017 REGALIA choreographer competition.
"SCHUBERT IMPROMPTU" (2015) by Francisco Gella
A stunning duet performed by Jaclyn Brown & Justin Bass.
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 twenty-five career as a dancer, choreographer, artistic director, and dance educator, began when he took his first formal dance class at the University of Washington at the age of nineteen. His award-winning, innovative choreography, and highly effective teaching methods are sought after by professional companies, universities, and conservatories across North America and around the globe.
Francisco’s choreographic commissions include 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 T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Orange County High School for the Arts and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. His commission Between the Lines, set on PHILADANCO (The Philadelphia Dance Company), premiered at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts in April, at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, and was selected by PHILADANCO’S Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown as the company’s sole performance at the opening to the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
Among the recognition he has received includes numerous choreography awards at the Youth America Grand Prix International Ballet Competition including Outstanding Choreographer, and the Outstanding Choreography Award at the National Regional Dance America Conference in 2007. In 2013, Francisco premiered Concentric Harmonies at Celebrate Dance in Los Angeles, a work that went on to receive the Grand Prize at the McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival in 2014. In 2014 and 2015, his work Solstice, performed by the Phoenix Ballet had its world premier at the 60th Anniversary Gala of the Beijing Dance Academy and its European premiere at Poland’s prestigious Lodz International Ballet Festival. In May 2016, his work Souvenirs de Mouvement was selected as a featured performance at the nationally-recognized Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing & Visual Arts annual ‘Flying Horse Gala’. Most recently, Francisco's work Timelapse, performed by the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, was selected for the gala performance at the National High School Dance Festival.
Francisco is the founding artistic director of NUEVO School of Contemporary Dance and COLABO Youth Dance Collective (2008-2015); founder of Francisco Gella Dance Works; founding director of ARIA Ballet Intensive, Ballet+ (beyond technique) workshops, the Preprofessional Dancer Institute, New Year’s Training Camp and the New Century Dance Project (a youth dance festival). Born in Bacolod City, Philippines, Francisco now resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Nichele Van Portfleet
Nichele Van Portfleet is a dance-artist currently living in Salt Lake City. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, 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 work with the company on a new commission. Over the course of a week in July Flood emerged. Nichele was also thrilled to spend this past summer studying with Doug Varone through his DEVICES mentorship program, through which she premiered Stranger Kin in NYC, August 2017. This summer Nichele looks forward to developing her thesis work and sharing dances in both SLC and San Francisco.
ON the blog
Hear Francisco Gella talk about the inspiration for his piece "Aloneness." watch>>
Read The Utah Review's preview of the last time we performed "Schubert Impromptu" and "Material Tokens of the Freedom of Thought." Read More>>
CURRENT will be performed for about 500 junior high and high school students. Check out the study guide they are given to help understand the program. Click here to download>>