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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Architecture, comedy, literature and dance collide in Ririe-Woodbury’s Prism (SLC: Dec 8 - 10)

November 09, 2011 
Dennis Busch
Director of Marketing & PR
(801) 297-4213

Architecture, comedy, literature and dance collide in Ririe-Woodbury’s Prism

December 8-10, 2011 Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company presents its second show of the season, Prism. This showcase of Ririe-Woodbury Artistic Director Charlotte Boye-Christensen’s choreography will feature the world premiere of “But Seriously…” “Push” (2011), the award-winning “Touching Fire” (2010) and selected excerpts from “West.”

“But Seriously…” uniquely combines the compelling choreography of Boye-Christensen, the comedy talents of Star Trek actor & comedian Ethan Phillips, the insightful orchestration of author David Kranes, and the innovative set designs of architect Nathan Webster in a collaboration that explores the similarities between stand up comedians and dancers. Phillips’s comedy is woven into the dance, unraveling the inescapable truth that all performers are deeply, deeply vulnerable.  Phillips will host a question and answer session for season ticket holders and a limited number of single ticket holders December 8th and 9th at 6:30p.m. in the Rose Wagner Center. Call 801-297-4213 for more information.

“West,” to premiere in its entirety at Ririe-Woodbury’s Iridescence in April, examines the associations that we have with the West as a place and state of mind – a place of endless vistas, spaces that are untouched by modern civilization, challenging living conditions, independence and a free-spirituality. “Push,” which premiered in September, explores the mental faculty by which one deliberately chooses or decides upon a course of action. “Touching Fire,” a collaboration with Kranes and Webster that premiered in 2010, garnered Boye-Christensen a 2011 Arty Award for Best Choreography.

Prism runs December 8-10, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2p.m. Saturday Matinee at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 West Broadway, in Salt Lake City. Tickets are $30 for the general public, $15 for students/seniors and can be purchased by calling 801-355-ARTS or visiting bit.ly/prismtix. Season tickets are still available for the three remaining shows at ririewoodbury.com for just $64 for general audience and just $52 for students with ID.

To do its part to help meet the ever-growing holiday season needs of the Utah Food Bank, Ririe-Woodbury is giving $5 off each ticket for each for every 5 food items brought to the Rose Wagner box office. This includes any regular, student/senior or 2-4-1 tickets. The collections will help the Food Bank feed hungry families right here in Utah. 

About Charlotte Boye-Christensen:
A native of Copenhagen, Denmark, Boye-Christensen joined Ririe-Woodbury in 2002 and has created over 21 new works on the company.  She has fulfilled the extremely demanding career of freelance choreographer, teacher and dancer for the past 16 years, working with the Milwaukee Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, New Danish Dance Theatre, the Bauhaus in Germany, and more.  She received her formal training at London Contemporary Dance School and at Tisch School of the Arts in NYC.  She is a recipient of the Choo San Goh Award for Choreographic excellence and a Fulbright Scholarship. The Salt Lake Tribune dubbed Boye-Christensen’s work “poignant” and “multifaceted.”

About Ethan Phillips:
Phillip's New York stage credits include David Mamet’s “November” (Barrymore), “My Favorite Year” (Lincoln Center), “Measure For Measure” (NYSF), “Lips Together Teeth Apart” (Manhattan Theatre Club), “Modiglianni” (Astor Place), and roles at Playwrights Horizons, EST, Hudson Guild Theatre, and others. Regionally, he has performed major roles at the Pasadena Playhouse, The Geffen, Mark Taper, Old Globe Theatre, Seattle Rep, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, Boston Shakespeare Co., Actors’ Theatre of Louisville and McCarter Theatre. He spent eight summers at Sundance Playwrights Lab. His play “Penguin Blues” has had hundreds of productions in the US and Canada.  His over thirty films include “The Island,” “Bad Santa,” “Man Without a Face,” “The Shadow,” “Green Card,” “Lean on Me” and “Glory.”  On television, Phillips has acted in scores of guest-star roles as well as ABC’s “Benson” for five seasons and “Star Trek: Voyager” for seven seasons. He plays the tenor sax in the Allan Wasserman Jazz Band and earned an MFA from Cornell University.

About David Kranes:
Kranes is the writer of two volumes of short stories and seven novels - most recently, Making the Ghost Dance (2005). His 2001 novel, The National Tree, aired - in film version - on the Hallmark channel in November 2009. His short fiction (appearing in such magazines as Esquire, Ploughshares, Transatlantic Review) has won literary prizes and been anthologized. As a playwright: over 50 of his plays have been performed in New York and Across the U.S. (in theatres such as The Actors' Theatre of Louisville, The Mark Taper Forum, Manhattan Theatre Club, Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park). His radio plays have been performed in the U.S., Canada and abroad. The opera, Orpheus Lex, for which he wrote the libretto, was performed at New York City's Symphony Space in February 2010. His volume of Selected Plays was published in August of 2011.  A new play, The Last Word, developed at NYC’s Lark Theater was recently given a staged reading at Salt Lake Acting Company.  Kranes was a collaborating artist in the creation of Charlotte Boye Christensen’s Touching Fire (R-W 2010).  In his second (or is it third?) life, Mr. Kranes, travels and consults the casino industry.

About Nathan Webster:
A native of Canada's Pacific Southwest, Webster studied architecture at McGill University in Montreal and in Grenoble, France before embarking on a professional career that has led to work in British Columbia, Ontario, California, the Beehive State and beyond. He currently works with ajc Architects in Salt Lake City on projects for the National Parks Service as well as multiple projects at SLC's Tracy Aviary.  He spends his spare time volunteering with Pecha Kucha SLC, fighting the battle of Edith, practicing not knowing and laughing (at himself).  Webster 
believes rules are meant to be tested, tickled, broken, ignored, glued back together, set on fire and loved.

About Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company:
Founded in 1964, Ririe-Woodbury is dedicated to advancing dance through performances and education.  Ririe-Woodbury’s mission is accomplished through educational outreach programs, creation of new works and regional, national and international touring.

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