Cipher @ Rose Wagner Theater

Cipher @ Rose Wagner Theater
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This last weekend The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company presented Cipher, a show choreographed entirely by artistic director Charlotte Boye-Christensen.  The first half of the evening was comprised of a suite of dances that Ririe-Woodbury had already performed in recent years.  But any initial disappointment I might have felt on discovering this was quickly dispelled.   … read more

Psychopathia Universalis: Spring Awakening Comes to Utah

Psychopathia Universalis: Spring Awakening Comes to Utah
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Bygones are never really bygones. Whether recalling a previous era or an earlier stage in life, we need the past in order to gauge who we are now.  Where do we come from, how far have we come and how have we changed?  Could our lives have been otherwise?  We all ask these questions.  Or so claims Courtney Markowitz, star of Spring Awakening, a rock musical soon to hit Utah.  She says the show explores “the results of what happens when such questions are not answered.”  … read more

Gutenberg! The Musical!

Gutenberg! The Musical!
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 Driving to Park City is quite the trek for someone who doesn’t like travelling further south than Trolley Square. If I lived in a bigger city, a half hour drive to an iconic little post-mining town might seem ridiculously close, but I live in Salt Lake City, where a fifteen minute drive to the point of the mountain feels like a journey to the limits of civilized society. In the case of Plan B’s newest play production, Gutenberg! The Musical!, the drive is definitely worth it.
 

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Mary Poppins @ Capitol Theatre 09.02

Mary Poppins @ Capitol Theatre 09.02
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I was a big fan of Disney as a child and have great recall of the film as an adult, and even have fond memories of the message it conveys. … read more

Ririe-Woodbury: Polychromatic

Ririe-Woodbury: Polychromatic
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This weekend marked the beginning of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s 2011-12 season.  Last year’s final show was so colorful and imaginative it seemed reasonable to ask how the company could possibly supersede that prior spectacle. The company’s artistic director, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, was wise enough not to attempt such a feat. Rather, she courageously took the company in the opposite direction. While last night’s show bore the title Polychromatic, the set of pieces performed seemed considerably subdued compared to work produced by Ririe-Woodbury in recent seasons. … read more

Freedom from Spirit: Repertory Dance Theater presents Vanguard

Freedom from Spirit: Repertory Dance Theater presents Vanguard
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On Oct. 6-8, Repertory Dance Theater commenced its 2011-2012 season by presenting Vanguard. The program, a showcase of key works by groundbreaking choreographers, featured the work of Merce Cunningham and Yvonne Rainer. … read more

SB Dance Sugar Show

SB Dance Sugar Show
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On January 21, the Steven Brown Dance Company presented The Sugar Show at the Rose Wagner Blackbox Theater. This was the latest in a series of annual exhibits of local talent. The show took the form of a competition between choreographers, each responding to the same prompt. This year’s prompt was ‘story and narrative,’ and the show featured five different dances meant to exemplify and explore that theme. … read more

Hazards of Bodily Intrigue – The Stephen Brown Dance Company  Performs The Beast of SB Dance

Hazards of Bodily Intrigue – The Stephen Brown Dance Company...
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While most of Utah was honking about Sundance and parking, the real event in Salt Lake this weekend debuted not on any screen but instead on the stage of the Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre of the Rose Wagner Center for The Performing Arts.  For three days (January 27 – 29), The Stephen Brown Dance Company presented The Beast of SB Dance.  … read more

Kevin Smith: Live From Behind 02.02.12

Kevin Smith: Live From Behind 02.02.12
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It takes a clever mind to sell something to the public that they can already get for free, and as much as many would like to deny him the credit, Kevin Smith is pretty damn clever. Rather than tour the country again, Smith set up a one-night live event from Toronto, where he recorded a podcast and a Q&A session broadcast live to movie theatres across America. … read more

NOVA Chamber Series: Schubert @ Libby Gardner 03.11

NOVA Chamber Series: Schubert @ Libby Gardner 03.11
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Sunday’s second annual Franz Schubert concert presented a few of the later compositions of this romantic giant. Today, his many works of chamber music, and music for solo piano or piano with four hands are constant staples of the concert hall (and of my iPod). He was a big deal to his friends, but only after he was dead did his work become the universally acknowledged treasure it is. … read more