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October 5-7, 2017 // 7:30 pm // Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Tickets $30* // Students/Seniors $15
*price increases $5 day of show



Inspired by the nature of sacred places.

Featuring a world-premiere by Zvi Gotheiner celebrating the sacred land of Bears Ears National Monument; an epic re-staging of Andy Noble's 2015 work with guests from Utah Valley University; and the return of the visually stunning and powerful work, "Ghost Ship" by Eric Handman.


"DANCING THE BEARS EARS" - (world-premiere) 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 the newly proclaimed national 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.

This piece was made possible thanks to 45 donors during our DANCING THE BEARS EARS crowdfunding campaign:

Barbara & Joe Andrade | Orly Ardon | Caryl Ayers | Barbara Bannon | Nancy Boskoff | Skip Branch | Michael Kelly Bruce | Amy Brunvand | Kathryn Brustlin | Jan Cendese | MaryBeth Clark | Phyllis Coley | Metta Driscoll | Carol Drown | Tessa Epstein | Janette Erickson | Michael Evans | JulieAnna Facelli & Jonathan Vaas | Lili & Ira Field | Jean Irwin | Jaelynn Jenkins | Stephen Trimble & Joanne Slotnik | Sharon & Rob Kain | Jennifer Killpack-Knutsen | Kathleen Kingsley | Michael Lahey | Sara McAffee | Grace Mary McDonough | RoseAnn Milano & Joe Dayney | Janet Muse Gray | Ricklen Nobis | Sally Patrick | Frances Perkins | Kathryn Peterson | Hadley Rampton | Chris Roberts | Sally Smithwick | Karen & Cecil Thompson | John Ullman | Lynne Wimmer | Becky Workman | Mary Youngkin

"TOWER" (2015) by Andy Noble

Tower, by Andy Noble honors the hallowed ground where the Twin Towers once stood amidst falling rain and features 33 dancers, including guests from Utah Valley University. Tower is a 15-minute storm that slowly builds, unleashing dancers in waves until the entire stage is flooded with moving bodies and a cascade of falling rain.

"GHOST SHIP" - (2007) by Eric Handman

Performing under a torrent of 120 pounds of falling rice, the dancers in Eric Handman’s Ghost Ship explore how we are connected to our sense of place. Haunted by an ever-present past and caught in the limbo of memory, the marooned dancers in Ghost Shipperform with a volcanic and sinuous energy. Flying through the dense traffic of lashing limbs and skating over the rice-covered stage, the dancers leave traces of their presence: the hieroglyphics of a vanished tribe.



In preparation for the SANCTUARY concert on October 5-7, RDT will host a free panel discussion on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 pm at Impact Hub, 150 State St #1 in Salt Lake City. Learn more below.

Video & Images

Videography & editing by Marty Buhler

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    RDT in Bears Ears National Monument in May 2017

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    "Ghost Ship" choreographed by Eric Handman

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    Bears Ears National Monument in Southeastern Utah

Panel Discussion



October 4, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Impact Hub
150 State Street #1 in Salt Lake City

In preparation for SANCTUARY, RDT, in collaboration with Utah Diné Bikéyah, will host a free panel discussion, Sacred Land, Sacred Waters.

This free, public event, funded in part by Utah Humanities will focus on the nature of “sacred” places and the land and water issues impacting the newly-proclaimed Bears Ears National Monument in Southern Utah.

The controversy surrounding the ownership and stewardship of the Monument has both cultural and political overtones and is viewed from a variety of perspectives. The “sacred” nature of Bears Ears is not discussed by those who just evaluate the area in terms of utilitarian use. Can land management incorporate what Native Americans call “traditional knowledge” into the area’s stewardship? Can Sovereign Nations have a seat at the table? What are the points of agreement that opposing sides share?

Bears Ears National Monument is not only sacred to sovereign nations, but to white settlers, recreationists and environmentalists. The discussion will use as a departure point the notion that this land speaks to all of us about the spiritual and mythological connections we have to each other and to the earth, not only in Utah but across the nation. 

Panelists include:
Willie Grayeyes (Diné)
Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk (Ute Mt. Ute)
Mary Benally (Diné)
Kirsten Allen, Torrey House Press
Sara Dant, Historian, Weber State University
Moderator: Daniel McCool, University of Utah

The event is free and open to the public, but please use the button below to RSVP.



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.



Eric Handman

Eric Handman is an American choreographer and an Associate Professor at the University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance. Prior to receiving his MFA from the University of Utah in 2003, he earned a BA in English from Skidmore College in 1991. He was a member of New York Theatre Ballet and then a professional dancer in various New York–based contemporary dance companies such as Doug Varone and Dancers, Nicholas Leichter Dance and Joy Kellman and Company. He has worked with David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Stephen Koester, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Koosilja-Hwang, Eun Me Ahn, Pooh Kaye and many others. He teaches domestically and internationally specializing in technique, composition, improvisation, contact improvisation, dance studies, criticism and theory. His choreography has been commissioned by various companies and departments across the United States. He has taught, performed and shown his choreography throughout the United States as well as Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and Hungary. His work has also been presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has served on the board of directors of the Congress on Research in Dance and is presently on the board of the American College Dance Association. Handman is a Fulbright Specialist and a member of the Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars at the University of Utah for his work on mobile technology and choreographic thinking. In 2014 he was a winner of two choreography competitions: the 2014 New Visions Choreography Competition for Idaho Dance Theater and the 2014 Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition for the Northwest Dance Project.



Andy Noble

Andy is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Sam Houston State University. He has also served as faculty at the University of South Florida and Western Washington University as well as been a guest artist at numerous other universities across the country.  He holds a BA in Modern Dance from the University of South Florida and a MFA with an emphasis in Dance Technology from Florida State University.

Andy’s performing career includes six years with Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), where he performed in over forty choreographic works by such noted masters as Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Jose Limon. He also had the honor of working first-hand with many cutting edge contemporary and international artists such as Gideon Obarzanek (Chunky Move), Jø Strømgren and Zvi Gotheiner. Andy has also been a member of the Demetrius Klein Dance Company in Miami, Florida.

Andy has received numerous grants for his choreography. He has been commissioned to choreograph new works for RDT, Paradigm Dance Company, Florida Dance Festival, Moving Current, Bellingham Repertory Dance Company, University of Utah, Dartmouth University, Florida State University, University of South Florida, Brigham Young University and University of North Texas among others.

In the realm of technology, Andy is co-director of ANDancers Video Productions, a free-lance service providing documentation and promotional videos for art organizations. He also created and designed a multi-media component for Repertory Dance Theatre that chronicles a century of dance. His most recent research was as part of the creative team that developed, a web-based media resource designed to promote innovative instruction in the area of dance technology.


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