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Author: Stephanie Perkins

A Tribute to Miss Pearl

A Tribute to Miss Pearl

Pearl Wagstaff-Garff was a legend in the Salt Lake City children’s dance community. She started the Dancers’ Theatre Company, a non-profit, and the Life Arts Center, a school of the integrated arts/science. Pearl received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Utah Dance Education Organization. Pearl was a teacher, shaman, dancer, and artist, known as “Miss Pearl” to many of her students and friends. For over 50 years, children were the love of her life and her life’s mission. You can…

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Andy Noble: Filament

Andy Noble: Filament

Andy Noble danced with RDT from 1998-2004. Since then, he has gone on to become a professor at Sam Houston State and create a company of his own – NobleMotion Dance. During RDT’s 50th anniversary, Andy competed in the first ever REGALIA choreographer competition… and won! In doing so, he was commissioned for RDT the next year. What he came up with has become an audience favorite. Filament explores one of Andy’s choreographic passions – dance and technology. He sat…

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Noa Zuk & Ohad Fishof: Outdoors

Noa Zuk & Ohad Fishof: Outdoors

This summer, RDT renewed its relationship with Israeli choreographers Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof after commissioning them in 2014. These two are partners in life and also artistic collaborators. Together, they make dance work for the stage and for the screen.   Both Noa and Ohad have extensive training in Gaga, the movement language developed by former Artistic Director of the Batsheva Dance Company Ohad Naharin. This season Noa and Ohad were invited to re-stage “Outdoors,” the first section of…

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Lar Lubovitch: Something About Night

Lar Lubovitch: Something About Night

Lar Lubovitch first worked with RDT in 1975. The Company commissioned him to create Session for the 1975-1976 season. Since then, RDT has revered his work and that of his company, that just celebrated their 50th anniversary. As part of the commemoration, RDT is thrilled to bring Lubovitch back to Salt Lake City to re-stage his 2018 work, Something About Night. Lar sat down with Executive/Artistic Director, Linda C. Smith, to discuss his artistic history and the meaning behind this…

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Nina Watt: Invention

Nina Watt: Invention

RDT has been working with Nina Watt in some form or another for the past five years. Starting with Missa Brevis by Jose Limon in 2014, she has been setting work and teaching pedagogy to the Company almost every summer. Critically cited as “the perfect Limon dancer,” “a dancer of genius” and “one of the most important modern dancers of her generation,” Ms. Watt is a 2002 recipient of the New York Dance and Performance Award for Sustained Achievement. She…

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VOICES choreographer: Doris Humphrey (as told by Nina Watt & Jennifer Scanlon)

VOICES choreographer: Doris Humphrey (as told by Nina Watt & Jennifer Scanlon)

Nina Watt & Jennifer Scanlon spent two full weeks working with Repertory Dance Theatre and dancers from Utah Valley University setting Doris Humphrey’s masterwork, Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, this past January. They took some time to sit down with Linda C. Smith to talk about this masterwork, and their experience with it. Nina Watt toured internationally with the Limon Dance Company from 1972-2001, serving as Artistic Associate from 1992-2006. She danced major roles by over 25 choreographers, including…

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