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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Performance: "Women of Valor...In the Spirit of Service" @ RDT (SLC: April 11 - 13)

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For Immediate Release
January 23, 2013
Media Contact:
Stephanie Perkins

Repertory Dance Theatre presents
Women of Valor...In the Spirit of Service

April 11-13, 2013 | 7:30 pm

Jeanne Wagner Theater
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 West Broadway, SLC 84101

SALT LAKE CITY --Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) and the Fort Douglas Museum are honoring Utah women in the military with a three-night concert event, April 11-13, 2013. Women of Valor…In the Spirit of Service commemorates the 150th Anniversary of Fort Douglas and pays tribute to women of have served selflessly in the community and in the military.

Women of commitment, dedication, courage
Women who serve as warriors, wives of warriors
And the mothers of warriors....
The nurses, mechanics, engineers and truck drivers
The pilots, cooks, medics, MPs and teachers

Choreography includes Commonplace by Susan Hadley, When Summoned by Bill Evans, and Bolero by Joanie Smith of Shapiro & Smith Dance.

Dramatic monologues will pay tribute to the service, sacrifice, dedication, duty, and the strength of women. Susan Hadley, Abby Fiat, and Lynne Wimmer have created three commissions inspired by the many diverse roles that women assume in society. Stories of courageous female veterans, of women overcoming prejudice and breaking down stereotypes, and women who challenge the status quo performing tasks that have traditionally been assigned to men are woven throughout the program. Noted actor, Anne Cullimore Decker shares the emotions of a Gold Star Mother speaking of her loss and her pride in her son’s sacrifice.

Proceeds from the April 11 benefit performance of Women of Valor will support the Utah Women's Military Memorial at the Fort Douglas Museum. VIP tickets are available for $75 and offer priority seating as well as admission to a post-concert reception featuring honored guests. The post-concert reception will be hosted by KUTV's Sterling Poulson. Several distinguished women will be honored, including Brigadier General Wilma Vaught, USAF, Retired, the founder and CEO of Women in Military Service for America, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Repertory Dance Theatre and the Utah Military and Veterans Affairs Committee are collecting stories of local women Veterans to highlight in the lobby of the performance. Stories will be printed and displayed in the lobby of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Local women veterans are encouraged to visit www.rdtutah.org to submit their stories.

The military and contemporary modern dance; dramatic monologues and abstract movement – unusual pairings. There is nothing ordinary about this concert of modern dance just as there is nothing ordinary about the selfless and brave women who will be honored.


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Repertory Dance Theatre & Utah Valley University
 A unique partnership between RDT and the Utah Valley University Dance Department gives UVU dance students the opportunity to also learn and perform Susan Hadley's work, Commonplace. Students and professional dancers studied side-by-side with Ms Hadley during RDT's Summerdance Workshop in June 2012. Each dance company will perform Commonplace in their respective theaters and in addition, RDT will invite two UVU dancers to be guest artists in Women of Valor. This unique partnership is building bridges of cooperation between a university and the professional dance community and giving students the opportunity to develop their skill and artistry.
Partial support provided by:
Utah Division of Arts & Museums
National Endowment for the Arts
Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks Program
Salt Lake City Arts Council
George S. & Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation
Emma Eccles Jones Foundation
Cyprus Federal Credit Union

If you are interested in sponsoring Women of Valor, please contact Susan Sandack at 801-534-1000.

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