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Ririe-Woodbury Showcases Master Choreographer & Educates Children with Kaleidoscope
 (SLC: Feb 3 - 4)


January 9, 2011

 Dennis Busch

Director of Marketing & PR

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Ririe-Woodbury Showcases Master Choreographer & Educates Children with Kaleidoscope

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company presents its annual children & family show, an evening called Kaleidoscope, on the stage of the beautiful Capitol Theatre , February 3 and 4 at 7pm and February 4 at 2pm. Kaleidoscope features some of the very best works by choreography wizard Alwin Nikolais. The performance includes the Salt Lake City premiere of “Gallery, as well as audience favorites such as “Tensile Involvement,” “Noumenon Mobilus” and “Kaleidoscope.” 

Garish clowns, frolicking in a black light filled arcade, set the stage to entertain us in excerpts from the bitterly hilarious “Gallery,” being shown for the first time in Salt Lake City. Giant elastic bands that define space like an enormous cat’s cradle give form to the exciting work “Tensile Involvement.”  “Noumenon” fascinates us with dancers moving in strict unison, creating dynamic forms while completely enshrouded in silver bags. The work “Kaleidoscope” brings strange-footed dancers balancing on discs, men hanging precariously out in space and a pair of dancers on a journey while balancing a long pole between their feet.  The final section, a statement on fashion, features outlandish costumes which are changed on a whim by the characters on stage.  

Nikolais’ unique, multi-media dance theatre has served as an inspiration for current artists such as the Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, Pilobolus, and Momix. The New York Times wrote, "There is still nothing else like 'Kaleidoscope' on the stage today—even in the Nikolais repertory. Anyone who has not seen it, should." This exciting collection of Nikolais’ works is great entertainment for kids and kids-at-heart of all ages.

Ririe-Woodbury is the only professional dance company licensed to perform a full evening of Nikolais since his death over 15 years ago, and the entire production is under the artistic direction of Alberto del Saz of the Nikolais/Louis. 

In conjunction with the public performances, Ririe-Woodbury will perform five student matinees which are open and free to all Utah Schools. Approximately 9,000 students and teachers will see this performance at no charge thanks to funding from the Utah State Office of Education POPS Program, Utah Arts Council, Salt Lake Arts Council, and our Corporate, Foundation, and individual sponsors who also play a large role in allowing the continuation of these matinees. More information for educators is available at www.ririewoodbury.com/education

Founded in 1964, Ririe-Woodbury is dedicated to furthering dance through performances and education. Ririe-Woodbury’s mission is accomplished through educational outreach programs, creation of new works, and touring. Ririe-Woodbury was voted “Best Local Dance Company” by City Weekly readers.

What:             Alwin Nikolais Centennial
When:            February 3-4 at 7 pm, February 4, 2 pm 
Where:           Capitol Theatre
                       50 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT
Cost:              $30 general public/ $15 students & seniors/ $45 family of 5/$20 groups of 6 or more
Tickets:               Available at arttix.org or by calling 801-355-ARTS

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