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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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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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RDT Presents: FRAMED

RDT Presents: FRAMED

March 14, 2019 | 7:30 pm Repertory Dance Theatre is proud to present a solo show by the world-renowned artist, Danielle Agami on March 14, 2019. Framed is an intimate look into womanhood as experienced and understood by the ever-sensitive and insightful Danielle Agami. Growing up, Agami was surrounded by special female role models, especially her mother as the center of the household. As with so many Israeli woman, her mother’s strength and presence set the tone, color, and atmosphere…

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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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The Iconic Tale of Izzy and SLC’s The Rose Wagner

The Iconic Tale of Izzy and SLC’s The Rose Wagner

The story is now iconic. It has the quality of an urban legend, but it is indubitably true. Repertory Dance Theatre’s original home in the army barracks at the University of Utah was being demolished. RDT was homeless. Going here, going there . . . at one point “squatting” at the old Salt Palace. That they ended up in an old restaurant equipment warehouse on west Broadway (300 South) in Salt Lake City was indeed fortuitous. Who knew that the…

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A Rose is a Rose . . . The Rose Wagner Turns 20

A Rose is a Rose . . . The Rose Wagner Turns 20

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since the Rose Wagner opened its doors? A Rose is a Rose. . . but there’s only one Rose Wagner, the arts complex of dance studios and small to mid-sized theaters in Salt Lake City, home of Repertory Dance Theatre. Affectionately known as “The Rose,” the brainchild of the Performing Arts Coalition formed in part by RDT’s own Linda C. Smith, turns 20 this year. Since then, the Capital City of Utah has…

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