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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Repertory Dance Theatre presents Embark @ Jeanne Wagner Theater Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

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Repertory Dance Theatre presents
October 4-6, 2012 | 7:30 pm
Jeanne Wagner Theater
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 West Broadway, SLC 84101
SALT LAKE CITY --Repertory Dance Theatre is honoring the ground-breaking revolutionaries...those who are daring, expanding, challenging, and re-defining dance with a three night performance of Embark, October 4-6, 2012 at 7:30 pm.
With choreography ranging from the modern dance legends, Merce Cunningham and Michio Ito to new and inspiring work by the RDT dancers and local choreographers Jacque Bell & Barton Poulson, this concert will explore ideas of East/West cultures, the Avant Garde, and dance & technology.

Pieces include:

How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run by Merce Cunningham
A lively, playful, athletic dance for 9 dancers, performed to a sound-score created by John Cage. The choreography keeps the dancers constantly in motion, never staying in a given place for very long, with two or three things simultaneously occurring on stage at all times.
Bill Allred of X96's Radio from Hell and Ricklen Nobis of RDT will deliver the John Cage narrated sound-score live on stage, alongside the dancers. Cage presents a string of stories and anecdotes, a mix of quirky poetry, Zen precepts and family history guaranteed to amuse.With the elements of chance and choice given to the narrators, the narration, and therefore the composition as a whole will be different each time it is performed. “The effect,” Cunningham once said, “was a bit like watching a playground full of children, with these two crones in the corner talking about things that were completely irrelevant.”
Selections from Michio Ito
RDT spotlights the work of a unique Japanese artist, Michio Ito, one of a boundary-crossing generation that brought about the literary, musical and artistic breakthroughs of modernism, and the eclectic beginnings of American modern dance.

Eight Seconds of Fame by the RDT Dancers & the community
RDT embarked on a new project—creating choreography by incorporating movement phrases donated by the community. During the Utah Arts Festival, RDT invited people to contribute EIGHT SECONDS of movement to be put into a “movement bank.” Over 75 people (of all ages and abilities) shared their movement including pedestrian actions, gestures, shapes, or dance-moves that were part of their own movement language. As Merce Cunningham would have suggested, “human movement has limitless possibilities.”
The individuals who provided the movements will be acknowledged and invited to see the completed work in the EMBARK concert. A video that includes the entire collection of movement (the movement bank) will be displayed in the lobby and a portion of the video will be included in the performance.

RDT believes this innovative approach to audience engagement is a good way to remove some of the misperceived and esoteric mystery that often is associated with modern dance and will give audiences a greater sense of ownership in the larger sense of the creative experience.

Hello World by Jacque Bell & Barton Poulson
Hello World is an interdisciplinary, multimedia collaboration between a modem dance choreographer – Jacque Bell – and a social psychologist/data scientist – Barton Poulson. It uses dance and digital imagery to create visual and kinesthetic order and disorder. "Hello World" is a play on internal drives and external perceptions.

Pre-Concert Lecture with Linda Smith & Barton Poulson - free and open to the public!
October 5-6 at 7:00 pm in the Rose Room (downstairs at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center)
For more information visit www.rdtutah.org.
High resolution images available at www.rdtutah.org/media.html. Additional images available upon request.

If you would like to schedule an interview or photo-shoot, please contact Stephanie Perkins at stephanie@rdtutah.org or call 801-534-1000.

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