Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is proud to announce its 49th season consisting of four stunning shows in countdown to the 50th Anniversary – Four, Three, Two, and One.
This exciting season marks the 11th and final season for Artistic Director Charlotte Boye-Christensen, who, in order to pursue other national and international choreographic opportunities, will step down at the end of June, 2013. (Notes on departure below)
Boye-Christensen has put together an exciting season beginning with Four, presented Sept. 20-22, 2012 at 7:30 pm at the Rose Wagner Center. It will feature “50 Years,” choreographed by nationally renowned performance artist Ann Carlson as part of her innovative take on the “passage of time according to the perceptual calculations of the human tribe. “Lines to Read Between,” by Australian choreographer John Utans investigates ideas of images and landscapes. The sensational “GRID” by New York Choreographer Brook Notary will be restaged along with “Turf” by Boye-Christensen.
Three, an evening of choreography by Boye-Christensen, runs Dec. 13-15 at 7:30 pm & 2pm on Saturday the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Premiering in this intimate show is a work tentatively titled “The Perfect Human” inspired by a film of the same title by Danish poet and Film Director Jørgen Leth. Among other dances, “But Seriously…,” the highly successful collaboration between writer David Kranes, comedian/actor Ethan Philips, architect Nathan Webster, and Boye-Christensen will also be re-created.
Back by popular demand, Two, the charming family and children’s show, Kaleidoscope, encompasses the magical choreography of Alwin Nikolais. Running Feb1-2 at 7:00 pm and 2:00 pm Saturday at the historic Capitol Theatre, this show features several of Nikolais’ beloved treasures. “Tensile Involvement,” “Noumenon Mobilus,” “Temple,” “Discs,” “Clothes,” and the visually captivating “Gallery” are all performed under the direction of Alberto del Saz, Artistic Director of the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance.
The spring performance One, features a world premiere by Johannes Wieland, currently the Artistic Director and Choreographer in residence at Kassel Ballet in Germany. “Short Stem Roses,” the theatrical and whimsical work by Arizona based choreographer Douglas Nielsen, will also be included. Rounding out the performance will be the premiere of “Place,” by Boye-Christensen, inspired by the complex issues of place identity.
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Four | September 20-22 | 7:30 pm | Rose Wagner Center
Three | December 13-15 | 7:30 pm & 2pm Saturday | Rose Wagner Center
Two | February 1-2 | 7 pm & 2pm Saturday | Capitol Theatre
One | April 25-27 | 7:30 pm | Rose Wagner Center
About Charlotte Boye-Christensen
The 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. A third one is in the works for Three.
Boye-Christensen has been responsible for bringing many outstanding and notable choreographers to create and restage their works on the Company, including Mexican choreographer Alicia Sanchez , Wayne McGregor from London, Brook Notary, John Jasperse, Australian John Utans, Susan Marshall, Bill T. Jones, Karole Armitage, Ann Carlson, Keith Johnson, and this year German choreographer Johannes Wieland.
“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.”
“The support of the community has been instrumental in my ability to contribute to the Salt Lake City art scene and I look forward to paying this back - there are exciting new projects in the works!”
“The fact that Charlotte has been with the Company for ten years is quite remarkable,” says Jena Woodbury, managing director of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. “She’s an incredible and prolific choreographer and has been dedicated to developing the physicality of the dancers and creating a diverse repertory.”
“The Company supports her decision to leave and plans to celebrate her legacy. Charlotte is eager to see the Company move forward in a positive fashion and is solidifying our major choreographic collaborations for our 50th anniversary celebration 2013-14. There’s a wonderful quote by Andre Gide, which seems appropriate for Charlotte ‘Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.’ We thank her for her dedication to the Company and wish her nothing but great success in her new adventures.”
Ririe-Woodbury will conduct a national search for a new Artistic Director during the upcoming year.
Photo shoots and interviews are readily available with Charlotte Boye-Christensen and the other artistic and administrative staff. Please contact Dennis Busch to make arrangements.
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