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From Donald McKayle: Multiracial topic discussion

From Donald McKayle: Multiracial topic discussion

I am dictating this to my wife, Lea Vivante McKayle after a Black student in UCI posed me with a question and after I found out that my work CROSSING THE RUBICON caused a negative meeting of students at UCI and not the Moslem students. Hard for me to believe that RUBICON had its first performance on the same day the first Moslem ban was announced by our government. I am anguished, saddened and depressed by the deepening racial divide…

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From the choreographer’s eyes: LES WATANABE

From the choreographer’s eyes: LES WATANABE

Repertory Dance Theatre’s 53rd season opens with a tribute to yesterday and today in SPIRIT, October 4-6. The concert features two historical works (including the modern dance classic, “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder” by Donald McKayle) as well as two world-premieres. We will be featuring interviews with each of the choreographers as we lead up to the show. See Tiffany Rea-Fisher’s video here>>, and Natosha Washington’s video here>>. Last on our list is Les Watanabe, who came to RDT in July to set the…

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From the choreographer’s eyes: NATOSHA WASHINGTON

From the choreographer’s eyes: NATOSHA WASHINGTON

Repertory Dance Theatre’s 53rd season opens with a tribute to yesterday and today in SPIRIT, October 4-6. The concert features two historical works (including the modern dance classic, “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder” by Donald McKayle) as well as two world-premieres. We will be featuring interviews with each of the choreographers as we lead up to the show. See Tiffany Rea-Fisher’s video here>>. NEXT UP…Natosha Washington! Natosha Washington has been a choreographer and director her entire life, but professionally since 2004,…

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From the choreographer’s eyes: TIFFANY REA-FISHER

From the choreographer’s eyes: TIFFANY REA-FISHER

Repertory Dance Theatre’s 53rd season opens with a tribute to yesterday and today in SPIRIT, October 4-6. The concert features two historical works (including the modern dance classic, “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder” by Donald McKayle) as well as two world-premieres. We will be featuring interviews with each of the choreographers as we lead up to the show.  First up… Tiffany Rea-Fisher! Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Artistic Director of Elisa Monte Dance, subscribes to the servant leadership model and uses disruption through inclusion…

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In loving memory: Kathleen McClintock McCormick

In loving memory: Kathleen McClintock McCormick

Always in our memory. Kathleen McClintock McCormick. We called her KJ. She was a dancer with Repertory Dance Theatre from 1967-1974, during the formative years. Her beautiful dancing and vivacious spirit, her dynamic energy and charisma helped put RDT on the national dance map. Whether she was performing the seductive movement of John Butler’s The Initiate, or creating edgy drama in Richard Kutch’s The Brood, our KJ was incomparable. Smart and funny, spirited and genuine, Kathleen was and will be unforgettable. 1967-1972 | Member…

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Francisco Gella Part III: Choreographic Inspiration

Francisco Gella Part III: Choreographic Inspiration

In this final video post, choreographer and former RDT dancer Francisco Gella talks about his inspiration for choreography, as well as offers advice to young choreographers about the creative process. Gella has been commission to create choreographic works for 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…

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