Quadruple Bill

September 29-October 1, 2022




A tribute to Bill Evans, RDT’s celebrated alumni choreographer whose love of American dance and music takes an audience on a joyous artistic journey steeped in the landscapes, the stories, and the culture of the West. The concert features some of his wide-ranging choreography created between 1973 and 2017 including:    


Inspired by images of the natural world of southern Utah’s Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.  
A nostalgic response to travels through the mountains of eastern Kentucky, photographs of rural families during the Great Depression, and traditional American folk tunes  
SUITE BENNY(1987/2017) 
A tribute to the “King of Swing,” Benny Goodman, and an evocation of the ballroom dance craze that swept the U. S. during the Big Band era.
CRIPPLED UP BLUES...and other tales of Deseret (2015) 
Featuring music by 3hattrio, Evans weaves stories of family, history and Western culture  
Evans displays his legendary skills as a master of tap and jazz dance

Sifting through the past, Bill Evans' "Crippled Up Blues" presented the evolving set of ideas that makes something new. Live music by 3hattrio invigorated the performance experience, and the dancers connected as a true ensemble.

Kathy Adams / Salt Lake Tribune

"Suite Benny" evoked the era of old Hollywood films, with twirling ballroom dancing and carefully paired couples circling the stage. This nostalgia was initially lost on me, and I settled in to let the movement wash over me. Enter Ursula Perry and Lauren Curley: two magnetic leaders, two chaperones that encouraged rather than monitored, two women who decided that pairing off with a partner would not suffice. Instead, they wove in and out of the on-stage couples and performed to the audience, with animation and confidence, that they would pave their own way in their created world.

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