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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Premier and Restaged Works Highlight Final Charlotte Boye-Christensen Show @ Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (SLC: April 25 - 27_

For Immediate Release
Dennis Busch
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

 Premier and Restaged Works Highlight Final Charlotte Boye-Christensen Show

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company presents, ONE, April 25-27 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. ONE is not only the final performance of the 49th season of Ririe-Woodbury, but also that of Artistic Director Charlotte Boye-Christensen, who departs the Company after 11 spectacular seasons.

The performance includes the world premiere of one hundred thousand by German choreographer Johannes Wieland. The work explores the idea of trying to escape the power of icons and heroes and questions the existence of antiheroes. Wieland is choreographer in residence at the Tanztheater at the State Theater of Kassel, Germany, and heads his own company, johannes wieland.

Also restaged is the powerful If My Right Hand Would Say What My Left Hand Thought (2005), by Mexican choreographer Alicia Sanchez, based on the writing of Paul Auster. It explores how chance encounters with others can send a person's life in unexpected new directions. Sanchez runs her own company, Teatro de Moviemento in Mexico City, and was the recipient of The National Dance Award-91.

Rounding out the performance is Charlotte Boye-Christensen’s stunning, Bridge, (2005) about the division created between men and women, and the physical entanglements that ensue. 

Charlotte Boye-Christensen, a Copenhagen native, has choreographed nearly three works a year in her time with Ririe-Woodbury and the Company is very appreciative of the hard work she has done. During her tenure, she has been involved in several exceptional collaborations, including The Figura music Ensemble from Copenhagen, Denmark, local artist Trent Call, Danish composer Jens Horsving, 4 Mexican artists (who were all former gang members for the work "Lost"), University of Utah professor Eric Handman (with whom she did "Rite of Spring"), and two collaborations with Nationally renowned writer David Kranes and Canadian architect Nathan Webster, the second featuring actor Ethan Phillips. Boye-Christensen has been responsible for bringing many outstanding and notable choreographers to create and restage their works in Salt Lake City.

“I have loved the creative work that I have done with the company over this last decade,” says Boye-Christensen. “It has been an inspiring and thought-provoking journey. I want to thank in particular the Ririe-Woodbury Dancers, the staff, Shirley Ririe and Joan Woodbury, my collaborators and the community for 10 amazing years of contemporary dance in Salt Lake City.”

Ririe-Woodbury is currently conducting an international search for a new Artistic Director.
Photo shoots and interviews are readily available with Charlotte Boye-Christensen, the dancers and the other artistic and administrative staff. Press tickets for reviews are also available. Please contact Dennis Busch to make arrangements. A gallery of photos of Boye-Christensen's and Sanchez's work as well as head shots are available at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b4g3sgymfplqqwx/XijSA3V8rw

When: April 25-27, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Where: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 West Broadway, 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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