Three Modalities of Enchantment: Ballet West Presents Emeralds

Three Modalities of Enchantment: Ballet West Presents Emeralds
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Utah’s Ballet West opened the run of its final show of the regular 2011/2012 season on Friday night, April 13, at the Capitol Theater.  The show took its name, Emeralds, from the centerpiece of the evening’s performance, the first ballet of George Balanchine’s Jewels trilogy.  Though the house was not entirely full, the audience was indeed large and energetic. … read more

Ririe-Woodbury’s Iridescence @ Jeanne Wagner Theater 04.26

Ririe-Woodbury’s Iridescence @ Jeanne Wagner Theater 04.26
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The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company opened its final show of the evening, Iridescence, on April 26, in the Jeanne Wagner Theater at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Though there was not a capacity crowd, the event was certainly well attended, and by an unusually vocal group of fans. … read more

Samba Fogo presents: Pegando Fogo 05.03 @ Rose Wagner

Samba Fogo presents: Pegando Fogo 05.03 @ Rose Wagner
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Pegando Fogo, a Portuguese phrase that means “catching fire,” offered a scintillating fusion of capoeira (an afro-brazilian martial art), fire dancing, carnival samba and Brazilian Orixa dance accompanied by Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian music. All of these genres, presented by the local Samba Fogo Music and Dance Company, were brilliantly assembled on a stage lit with dramatic colors, often reminiscent of the changing sky. … read more

The Contradictions of The Era – Ballet West’s presents Innovations 2012

The Contradictions of The Era – Ballet West’s presents Innovations...
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On May 18, at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Ballet West opened Innovations, the final installment of its 2011/2012 season. The show was a mixed lot, offering something to delight and dismay almost anyone. This was no surprise, considering Ballet West’s effort to reach greater audiences, both locally and internationally. … read more

SB Dance: Body Movin’ on a Meat Hook

SB Dance: Body Movin’ on a Meat Hook
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Stephen Brown Dance Company has operated outside contemporary norms for 15 years, breaking down expectations and throwing in theatrics to keep audiences on their toes. By offering an interesting combination of modern dance and performance art, SB Dance brings in an almost otherworldly quality to each of their shows. SLUG sat down with the founder and director of SB Dance, Stephen Brown, to discuss his latest production, Of Meat & Marrow. … read more

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch began as a rock musical in 1997 at New York’s Westbeth Theatre Center, written by John Cameron Mitchell (who also directed and played Hedwig in the film adaptation), with music by Stephen Trask (who played Skszp in the film). Before being released nationally, the film adaptation played at Sundance in the same theatre Plan-B is using for their current production: Park City’s Egyptian Theatre. … read more

At Home At The Zoo

At Home At The Zoo
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Since 2010, The Hive Theatre Company has been producing amazing local theatre for the Salt Lake community, and their most current production, Edward Albee’s At Home At The Zoo, is no different. … read more

Delightful Aggression: Stephen Brown Dance Performs Of Meat and Marrow

Delightful Aggression: Stephen Brown Dance Performs Of Meat and Marrow
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The SB Dance Company, in its recent production Of Meat & Marrow, once again tested the limits of regional contemporary dance. The show ran from June 15 – 17, in the Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre. … read more

Daughters of Mudson

Daughters of Mudson
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For the past three years, the works-in-progress series Mudson—modeled after the Judson series in New York—has been taking place at the Masonic Temple. This year, Ashley Anderson, director of Ashley Anderson Dances and host of loveDANCEmore, and curator Ishmael Houston-Jones asked five choreographers to complete their previous works-in-progress Mudson pieces and come together for the first ever Daughters of Mudson performance. … read more

Wicked @ Capitol Theatre 07.20

Wicked @ Capitol Theatre 07.20
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 The moment I sat down, I knew this production wasn’t going to be anything like the many low-budget plays I’ve sat through at the University of Utah. A large, animatronic dragon perched above the stage, eyes glowing and head shaking, and a map of Oz and its provinces was projected on the red velvet curtain, the Emerald City shimmering in green. The curtains opened soon after, and I became mesmerized by the beautifully constructed set, dark but colorful, like an apocalyptic sunset. I was taking in the details, mechanical cogs and cranks lining the sides, when I finally gave the characters onstage a good look, only to be completely blown away by their costumes. … read more