Current Season

  • Traces

    September 26 - 28, 2019

    This concert includes two vastly different dances by two dynamic choreographers. The return of Elizabeth, the dance by Ann Carlson and a world premiere by Company Artistic Director Daniel Charon.

    Originally premiered in 2017, Elizabeth, the dance by Ann Carlson reflects on “the visionaries and teachers” of modern dance in both homage and critique. With movement that is formal and physically awkward, deliciously surprising, and joyfully restrained, Carlson has created an astonishing tribute to modern dance and to the pleasures and challenges of being human. This surprising and delightful work derives inspiration, text, and play from a host of pioneering creatives. Elizabeth, the dance attains a perfect blend of spontaneity and structure with a timely questioning of purpose acquired through Carlson’s unique wit and humor. 

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  • Allegory

    January 31 & February 1, 2020

    Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is thrilled to present the return of a show for all ages, The Live Creature & Ethereal Things as well as a world premiere by Company Artistic Director Daniel Charon.

    To honor the breadth of the Utah dance community’s talent, this program will include a world premiere by Artistic Director, Daniel Charon including a collaboration with Utah Valley University’s Department of Dance. Ririe-Woodbury will incorporate the beautiful dancers of UVU as part of this large-scale work to embrace the grandeur of the Capitol Theatre stage.

    Returning to the Capitol Theatre after a successful 2019 premiere, Ririe-Woodbury will present a re-envisioned version of The Live Creature & Ethereal Things. This curious and shapeshifting theatrical quest, created with local collaborators Alexandra Harbold and Robert Scott Smith of Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory features an original cinematic score by John Paul Hayward. Inspired by the Red Fred Project founded by Executive Director Dallas Graham, The Live Creature & Ethereal Things features the Jolly Troop, a group of larger-than-life birds that guide audiences of all ages through a surprising journey and asks, “If you could tell a story and share it with the entire world, what story would you tell?” This performance will include storytelling in both English and Spanish.

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  • Catalyst

    April 9 - 11, 2020

    Three women. Three voices.

    This concert presents the work of three distinctive female choreographers, each bringing their unique point of view to this diverse repertory program. It includes a world premiere by Yin Yue titled In The Moment Somehow Secluded, a company premiere of Pupil Suite by Andrea Miller, and the return of Unstruck by Kate Weare.

    Commissioned Artist Yin Yue, who is internationally recognized as a versatile choreographer and performer, created a new work for the Company in June 2019 titled In The Moment Somehow Secluded. This new work roots itself in Yin’s signature technique practice noted as Folk Contemporary or FoCo. Her movement is designed from five earth elements cross-pollinated with the classic structures of choreography and three rhythmic stages to encourage the moving body to find three-dimensional experiences for both the dancer and audience. Yue states that “‘In The Moment Somehow Secluded’ is an external demonstration of an internal process; identifying and questioning the influence of subconscious personas on conscious reality.”

    Pupil Suite is an exhilarating selection of wildly quirky excerpts from internationally renowned choreographer Andrea Miller’s crowd-pleasing work I Can See Myself In Your Pupil. Performed to the contagious music of Israeli band Balkan Beat Box, the dance is a joyous romp that plays with the madness of imagination and the ecstasy of movement.

    Unstruck by choreographer Kate Weare was originally performed by the Company in 2017. It is a trio exploring the fearsome process of live formation through an intertwining of movement and sound. The work taps into nascency and formation at the primitive level: the carving of the body itself, an organization and dissolution of space, a magnetic energy between dancers. Unstruck is attuned to the erotic charge and electrical connection between bodies, zeroing further in on signals of presence, power, attraction, hierarchy, and vulnerability.

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