Repertory Dance Theatre 2019/2020 Season Preview

Announcing Repertory Dance Theatre’s 2019/2020 Season

For over 50 years, Repertory Dance Theatre has been dedicated to bringing dance to the forefront of national and local stages through the creation and performance of new and old works. They aim to preserve national dance treasures by building a community and by using dance to educate and heal. Now in their 54th season, the nation’s most successful modern dance repertory company will continue to raise consciousness about important issues affecting our communities.

RDT is proud to be a Utah dance institution. Their artistic activities are inspired by Utah’s heritage, geography, and its people. This season, RDT will continue to celebrate diversity and creativity as they reflect the spirit and optimism of Utah….HERE & NOW.

Here’s what is coming this season…

INSIDE OUTSIDE | October 3-5, 2019

Choreography by Noa Zuk, Doris Humphrey, Lar Lubovitch, and Andy Noble

After working with Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof in 2014 on the commission of “By the Snake,” RDT is thrilled to welcome these Israeli artists back to Salt Lake City. They will restage their 2018 choreography, Outdoors — a contemporary, tribalistic, pattern-piece filled with quirky invention and laced with rhythmic humor.

One of the primary prongs of RDT’s mission is the preservation of modern dance. By performing historical works by master choreographers, RDT keeps these pieces of history alive in the bodies of our dancers. Invention by Doris Humphrey, choreographed in 1949, is a classic work by one of the founders of modern dance featuring vibrant energy and affirmation of the human spirit.

Lar Lubovitch’s dances are renowned for their musicality, rhapsodic style, and sophisticated formal structures. His radiant, highly technical choreography and deeply humanistic voice have been acclaimed worldwide. RDT is proud to present his work Something About Night which was created to celebrate the 50thAnniversary of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in NYC in 2018.

Finally, RDT will bring back the visually stunning multi-media work Filament by RDT alumnus Andy Noble. After it’s premiere in 2016, LoveDanceMore stated: “The lighting is remarkable, and some of the images created are breathtaking.”

SOUNDS FAMILIAR | Nov. 21-23, 2019

Some of the world’s most beloved music seen through the prism of 21st Century choreographers

RDT has invited local choreographers to create short works using classical music that is unforgettable by creating new work in the modern, contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, jazz and theatrical world of dance. Featured choreographers include  Sara Pickett, Sharee Lane, Stephen Koester, Molly Heller, Nathan Shaw, Natosha Washington, Dan Higgins, Marilyn Berrett and Nicholas Cendese. Also featured is the winner of the 2019 REGALIA choreographer competition, aerial artist Nancy Carter Simpson.

EARTH TONE | April 16-18, 2020

Movement rituals that celebrate “place” and the sacred landscape of the American West.

Dancing the Bears Ears, choreographed by Zvi Gotheiner in 2017, is inspired by RDT’s memories and encounters with the Bears Ears National Monument and its people; a work animated with fragments of stories and laced with the spirit of ancient inhabitants. It is a dance about how this incredible sacred landscape healed us and brought us into a harmonious place. The dance is a “new ritual” to raise consciousness about the significance of this extraordinary area. Additionally, RDT will present a new version of “Journey into Bears Ears” a documentary experience by Marty Buhler. In Elizabeth Waters’ Castor and Pollux (1956), she merges the theories and movements of the Hanya Holm dance technique with movement qualities inspired by Pueblo Indian rituals. The dancers shape and define the space in which they move while conveying the attitudes of Pueblo ceremonial dancers.

Other performances to look forward to…

EMERGE – January 3-4, 2020

Featuring choreography by the RDT dancers and Artistic Staff, as well as the winner of the New Century Dance Project.

REGALIA – March 7, 2020

RDT’s annual fundraiser that asks the audience to award a commission. The performance culminates with a lively shindig and dancing on stage to big band music. Not to be missed!

Tickets and subscriptions

Go to their website for tickets to upcoming shows and subscriptions for the season.