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Ursula Perry: Reflections on Sounds Familiar

Ursula Perry: Reflections on Sounds Familiar

SOUNDS FAMILIAR, what a whirlwind! It was such a joy, and quite a challenge to create. Working with multiple choreographers and grasping multiple ideas was a great exercise in what I feel RDT does best, cultivating and curating all styles of modern dance. Of the twelve choreographers, it was truly special to work with a mentor from college (Sharee Lane) and one of my dearest friends over the last twenty years (Natosha Washington). I could not have been more grateful to create…

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Tyler Orcutt: The Importance of Growth

Tyler Orcutt: The Importance of Growth

For the past seven years, Salt Lake has been my home and Repertory Dance Theatre my family. Last year, I made a difficult decision that RDT’s 2019/2020 season would be my last with the company. Saying “farewell” next year will be one of the toughest things I have to do. “RDT is the best University,” is something my boss, Linda Smith, says jokingly on occasions. Jokingly because sure, you’re not paying for a diploma but what she is referring to…

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Jon Kim: Reflections Inside and Outside

Jon Kim: Reflections Inside and Outside

Upon starting the 2019-2020 season with Repertory Dance Theatre, I found myself thrust into the moment. In the dance world, there is never enough rehearsal time and never too much preparation because our art can always dig deeper and discover new depths. As the newest dancer just starting my first year, this proved true. Besides learning INSIDE OUTSIDE, our season opener, I had to catch up on dances from the education outreach programs and lecture demonstrations. The sheer number of pieces…

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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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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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Tyler Orcutt: Re-staging “Something About Night”

Tyler Orcutt: Re-staging “Something About Night”

When learning new dances, as a company, we have a flexible system in place that allows us to best serve each choreographer’s individual needs. In the topic I’m writing about today, this flexibility comes in the form of learning from a former company dancer and current staff member rather than the choreographer himself. During my seven years on the company, we have learned four dances this way. Usually, we use this method for two reasons. One, restraints on scheduling and…

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