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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

NEWS: Ririe-Woodbury Offers Last Chance to See Nikolais In SLC For Years

Dennis Busch
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company 

Ririe-Woodbury Offers Last Chance To See Nikolais In SLC For Years

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company presents, TWO - Kaleidoscope, a show for all ages, on the stage of the spectacular Capitol Theatre, February 1 and 2 at 7pm and February 2 at 2pm. Kaleidoscope features some of the most-loved dances by choreographic genius Alwin Nikolais. The performance include “Gallery,” which premiered in Salt Lake City last year, as well as audience favorites such as “Tensile Involvement,” “Noumenon Mobilus,” and “Kaleidoscope.” This will be the last opportunity to see Nikolais works performed in Salt Lake City for years.

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 only the second 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.

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 people of all ages.

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. Ririe-Woodbury is the only professional dance company licensed to perform a full evening of his works since his death over 16 years ago, and the entire production is under the artistic direction of Alberto del Saz of the Nikolais/Louis. Former Ririe-Woodbury dancer Elizabeth Kelley-Wilberg and dancers Kai Medeiros, Aaron Perlstein, and Jacquelyn Potts-Hand lend their talents to the Company as guest dancers for the entire production.

In addition to the public performances, Ririe-Woodbury will perform five student matinees, which are open and free to all Utah schools. Approximately 7,000 students and teachers will see this performance at no charge thanks to funding from the Utah State Office of Education POPS Program, the Utah Arts Council, the Salt Lake Arts Council, and our corporate, foundation, and individual sponsors who also play a large role in allowing the continuation of these matinees.

TWO - Kaleidoscope
When:                        February 1-2 at 7 pm, February 2 at 2 pm
Where:                      Capitol Theatre - 50 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT
Cost:                         $30 general / $15 students & seniors/ $45 family of 5/$20 groups of 6+
Tickets:                     Available at 
arttix.org , 801-355-ARTS, or any ArtTix Box Office

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