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Energizer

Energizer

By Jaclyn Brown Energizer can be best defined as an endurance dance and this makes sense given the fact that the choreographer is an endurance athlete. Molissa Fenley had just ran a marathon before she flew in to work with us in the summer of 2015. On top of working with us in the studio every day from 9am-4pm, she also logged in an hour-long morning walk through Memory Grove each morning and would hike the night away through the…

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Tyler Orcutt: Looking Back & Looking Forward

Tyler Orcutt: Looking Back & Looking Forward

Repertory Dance Theatre’s 2018-2019 season was a very special one. While RDT has always been a catapult for furthering people’s understanding of the value of diversity, this past season highlighted this part of our mission specifically. Diversity is a vital part to our very existence as a people and the best place to create positive change is right in your own backyard. For all three of our home performances we had the honor of sharing the stage with dancers from…

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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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