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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Repertory Dance Theatre presents Passage (March 22 - 24)

For Immediate Release
March 6, 2012
Media Contact:
Stephanie Perkins

Repertory Dance Theatre presents Passage
March 22-24, 2012 | 7:30 pm
Saturday Matinee | 2:00 pm

Leona Wagner Black Box Theater
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 West Broadway, SLC 84101

A sensuous movement journey - a PASSAGE through haunted memories to the ever-changing present. Local choreographers Satu Hummasti, Eric Handman, and Nicholas Cendese & Natosha Washington, as well as Susan McLain explore the threshold of change and the echoes of a poetic and mysterious reality anchored in the human experience. PASSAGE interprets ideas of relationships, memories, and history through dance, singing, speech, and 120 pounds of falling rice.

RDT is dedicated to the creation, performance, perpetuation and appreciation of modern dance. Not only is RDT a living library of over 100 years of historical modern dance, but the company supports both emerging and established choreographers by commissioning and performing new works. Three of the four pieces of PASSAGE were commissioned for RDT including Karyo (1996), Songs I Wanna Sing (to you) (2010), and most recently, What You Leave Behind (2012).

RDT will dedicate this show to an esteemed and valued friend, Susan McLain who tragically passed away on August 5, 2011.

Pieces include:

Songs I Wanna Sing (to you) by Satu Hummasti
Isn't there always some degree of loneliness and some degree of mystery in others, no matter how well we know them?

What You Leave Behind (world premiere) by Natosha Washington & Nicholas Cendese
"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” -Pericles
**Natosha & Nicholas documented their process of creating this piece through a LIVE Blog. Click here to see their process, videos, and how ideas grew into movement.

Ghost Ship by Eric Handman
Haunted by an ever-present past and caught in the limbo of memory, the marooned dancers perform under a torrent of 120 pounds of falling rice leaving traces of their presence: the hieroglyphics of a vanished tribe.

Karyo by (and in memory of) Susan McLain
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Important Pricing Info for the Press

Dancer: Sarah Donohue
Tickets available through ArtTix
801-355-ARTS | www.arttix.org
Tickets $30*
General Admission seating.
Discounts & Specials:
Students/Seniors $15*
Community Night (March 22) all tickets $15*
*all tickets will go up $5 on the day of the show.

Click here for more information about Passage.

Dedicated to the memory of an RDT friend

Susan McLain, an esteemed and valued friend of RDT, passed away unexpectedly of an acute infection on August 5, 2011. Susan was a touchstone for RDT. She was our teacher, choreographer, mentor and inspiration. With her deep understanding of Graham technique, Susan helped refine an entire generation of RDT dancers, helping them reach and strive for new levels of artistry.
It is with deep affection and gratitude that RDT dedicates this concert to her memory and love of dance, and for all she gave to RDT.

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