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, after receiving her bachelor’s desgree from the University of Utah in Modern Dance.
As a student, Natosha’s work House of Timothy was selected to be showcased in the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center. It went on to receive the Best Performance award and was featured in Dance Magazine.
Originally from the south but now living in Utah, Washington is a highly sought after choreography, educator, performer, and speaker. As a voluptuous black woman raised in an LDS southern family, making her way in a white dance community, she has a multifaceted lens; she negotiates stereotyping, privilege, and identity every day in her work and loves the challenge the issues present. Ms. Washington is a talented community leader and facilitator. She recognized art is only as strong as the community it serves.
Here’s a break-down of the video, in case you want to skip ahead:
:11 – What made you want to become a dancer?
1:48 – How did you get into choreography?
2:27 – What inspires your choreography?
4:09 – How does being a woman of color influence your work?
6:49 – What inspired your work for RDT?
11:36 – How do you prefer to be perceived as an artist?
SPIRIT will launch RDT’s season-long initiative of MANIFEST DIVERSITY, an initiative to illuminate the convergence of different cultures and peoples that have made modern dance a rich tapestry of the American experience.
Tickets for SPIRIT are available now through ArtTix.