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Earth Tone

April 16-18, 2020

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

Tickets $30* // Students/Seniors $15
*price increases $5 day of show  


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Movement rituals that celebrate "place" at the sacred landscape of the American West.


Dancing The Bears Ears (2017) by Zvi Gotheiner

Dancing The Bears Ears, a tribute to Utah’s newly designated Bears Ears National Monument, explores through movement this extraordinary landscape with its high mountain peaks; deep canyons; long, broken mesas; astounding arches and stately red-rock cliffs. The work celebrates this important legacy and honors those of us—both individuals and whole sovereign nations—who find there sustenance and renewal. After traveling to thenational monument in May of 2017, Gotheiner and the dancers returned to create this new work honoring the land and its people. Music by Scott Killian.

"Dancing the Bears Ears is destined to be part of the essential canon of artistic works that represent the authentic voices and spirit of the American West."

Les Roka, The Utah Review

Castor & Pollux (1958) - by Elizabeth Waters

Castor and Pollux are the twin stars of good luck. The immortal soul appears as substance and the mortal soul as reality. Then the two travel together as of one experience. Elizabeth Waters merges the theories and movements of the Hanya Holm dance technique with movement qualities inspired by Pueblo Indian rituals. The dancers shape and define the space in which they move while conveying the attitudes of Pueblo ceremonial dancers.


An Ode to You- (world premiere) - by Rebecca Aneloski

This piece has come from much time considering the earth, society's effects on it, and the outcome of what will happen if we all do not remember it. Time is not on our side and to continue forward, in the same manner, will only determine who is finally forgot. Featuring music by Michael Wall inspired by the poem "Auld Lang Syne" by Robert Burns. Aneloski uses the melody of this song as a call to action and to encourage the audiences who see this work to remember our earth. "Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never come to mind?"

Aneloski is the winner of the New Century Dance Project choreographer competition.



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    Dancing the Bears Ears by Zvi Gotheiner, photo by Sharon Kain

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    Castor & Pollux by Elizabeth Waters, photo by photo by Scott Peterson

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    Dancing the Bears Ears by Zvi Gotheiner, photo by Sharon Kain

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    Castor & Pollux by Elizabeth Waters, photo by photo by Scott Peterson

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    Dancing the Bears Earts by Zvi Gotheiner, photo by photo by Sharon Kain

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Study Guide

EARTH TONE will be performed for about 750 junior high and high school students. Check out the study guide they are given to help understand the program. COMING SOON

Artist Bios

Zvi Gotheiner

ZVI GOTHEINER was born and raised in a kibbutz in northern Israel. Zvi began his artistic career as a gifted violinist with the Young Kibbutzim Orchestra, where he attained the rank of soloist and Concertmaster at age 15. He began dancing at 17, and soon after, formed his first performance group. Zvi arrived in New York in 1978 on a dance scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and danced with the Joyce Trisler Dance Company and Feld Ballets/NY in the US, and with Bat-Sheva Dance Company in Israel. After directing Tamar Ramle and the Jerusalem Tamar Dance Companies in Israel and the Israeli Chamber Dance Company in New York, he founded ZviDance. The Company's performances have received critical acclaim in New York City at the Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, the Kitchen, the Angel Orensanz Foundation, the Duke on 42nd Street, Joyce Soho, the Fiorello Festival, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, and Central Park's SummerStage, as well as a variety of experimental venues. Zvi is a recipient of two New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography fellowships and The National Arts Club Weiselberg Award. He has received commissions from Zurich Tanz Theater, Utah's Repertory Dance Theater, Colloquium Contemporary Dance Exchange, the American Dance Festival, and the Joyce Theater's Altogether Different series, Diversion The Dance Company of Wales and Groundworks in Cleveland.


Elizabeth Waters

Elizabeth Waters former featured dancer with the Hanya Holm Company founded the dance program at the University of New Mexico in 1946 and continued to direct the program until 1973. Born in Salem, Oregon in 1910, Ms Waters made her way to New York City and a career in vaudeville in the early 1930’s. She won a scholarship to the Wigman/Holm School and danced as a soloist in Holm’s company, performing solo roles in the masterwork, TREND, as well as many other major works. In the early 1940’s, Ms Waters moved to the Southwest and lived for a time at the Zuni Pueblo, studying their dance and watching the preparations for the great Shalako ceremony. She spoke of going out into the desert to improvise and develop her own philosophy of movement as the essence of life. She created many works that shows her response to the Native American, Hispanic and also Hindu and Maori cultures. She created more than fifty dances and left an impression on dancers and students over a span of fifty year until her death in 1993.


Rebecca Aneloski

Rebecca Aneloski is a performing artist and freelance choreographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Originally from Colorado, Rebecca pursued her BA in dance while attending Colorado Mesa University. In 2013, she transferred to Friends University for a BFA in Ballet, training with Stan Rogers, Sharon Rogers and performing in works by Dominic Walsh and Stan Rogers. Graduating with her B.F.A in Ballet from Friends University, Rebecca moved to Boise, Idaho where she joined Idaho Dance Theater as an apprentice for their 2013-2014 season. During her time working with Co-Artistic Directors Marla Hansen and Carl Rowe, she danced in over 14 works of company repertory. In the Summer of 2014, Rebecca was honored through a scholarship to attend the University of Utah as an MFA Modern Dance Candidate. She served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow while at university and performed for artists Eric Handman, Ching I Chang, Michael Crotty, and Katie Scherman. 

While completing her masters, Rebecca’s work “How Dare We (Ever Be) All” was nominated for the Gala Concert at the American College Dance Association’s Northwest Regional Conference in 2017. In addition, she was commissioned an artist residency by Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company and upon graduation received the L. Scott Marsh Mentorship Award from the School of Dance. In the Summer, she attended Northwest Dance Project’s LAUNCH, working with artists Wen Wei Wong, Lucas Crandall, Olivier Wevers, as well as performing in works by Alysa Pires and Alice Klock. In the Fall, Rebecca graduated with her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and joined SALT Contemporary Dance for their 17-2018 season, there she performed in original works by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Banning Bouldin, Brendan Duggan, Eric Handman, and Joni Tuttle McDonald. During this time Rebecca, also co-created “La Mela”, an evening of dance performance alongside local artist Austin Hardy. “La Mela” showcased evening-length works by Rebecca Aneloski and Stephen Koester, former co-Artistic Director of Creach/Koester and Chair of the University of Utah’s Modern Dance Department. Rebecca currently teaches at Weber State University and is in a creative process working with Salt Lake City-based dance artists for an upcoming work titled “Taste”.

Rebecca Aneloski is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
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