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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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Linda Smith: VOICES Artistic Statement

Linda Smith: VOICES Artistic Statement

 During our 2018-19 season, RDT has oriented its programming with an initiative titled “Manifest Diversity” that celebrates the different cultures and voices that have made modern dance a rich tapestry of the American experience. VOICES features the work of five choreographers.  Each uses a distinctive movement language to examine how we communicate, organize, and socialize; how we voice our opinions and solve our problems.  Each reveals an aspect of community. . . . A community holds in place our identity and…

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Efren Corado: Thank You

Efren Corado: Thank You

Six years isn’t a lot of time. Linda Smith has devoted her life to Repertory Dance Theatre. As I reflect about what I learned while working for Linda, about the company’s mission to keep American Modern Dance and about the teachings from fellow dancers and about conversations with world renown artists, it is difficult to sum everything up in a few words. There are many lessons that come hand in hand with the job. For example, we become more intelligent…

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Jaclyn Brown: Ever-Changing Theatre

Jaclyn Brown: Ever-Changing Theatre

This year, I had the opportunity to be a rehearsal director during the restaging of “Theatre,” which is a Danielle Agami piece that was originally set and performed on RDT in 2016. This piece is special to me for many reasons. During the original staging Danielle brought her company, Ate9 of Los Angeles, to Utah for a two-week residency. I felt pushed to my limits in every way. I immediately connected with the drive that Danielle had in her rehearsal…

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Dan Higgins: Sit back, Observe, and Listen

Dan Higgins: Sit back, Observe, and Listen

As I look back on the past five years of work with Repertory Dance Theater, I find one of the most interesting aspects of being a company member is the immense detail and full investment of artist and dancer during a choreographic process. Throughout each residency, a choreographer comes prepared in a way that is different and unique to them as a movement specialist. It is our job, as performing artists and humans, to absorb the task at hand; analyze…

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Elle Johansen: Our Behaviors

Elle Johansen: Our Behaviors

I love the moment a new guest artist walks through the door. There is an air of excitement, an unknowing force that fills the room with anticipation and this was especially true for our latest guest, Bebe Miller.  Not only have we had the privilege of working with Bebe Miller the past week and a half but Bebe also brought two dancers from her company, Angie Hauser and Bronwen MacArthur. These two women have helped us dive into Bebe’s interest of…

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