As people came inside and explored the Salt Lake Arts Center Friday night, all fell silent surrounding the dance space.
Orientation cards asking “everyone who enters the performing space to put away their lives for 10 minutes, or 10 hours, and to simply find a slow and silent dance with their partner,” welcomed audience members to be entranced by the dancing going on.
At 9 p.m. Friday night, a larger group of audience members gathered around the space for a performance choreographed by Todd Allen. As couples -- some volunteers from the audience -- slow danced in the background, the 1930s atmosphere Gary Vlasic drew his inspiration from was definitely present. In addition to the slow dancing, various dancers performed in the middle of the space. About 15 metronomes, lining the front of the dance space, kept time in unison.
Dancers performing at 9 p.m. Friday night
Several hours later, though the crowd had dwindled, the dancers were still projecting their passion through their movement on the performance space. The space remained occupied throughout the night, with dancers replacing other dancers as music was still playing in the corner. With such a silent and focused atmosphere, most of the room dark except for spotlights on the dancers, the area became a kind of sanctuary for dancers, other artists, and those coming in from downtown to check out the exhibit.
The dancing continued, and another performance was held at 9 p.m. Saturday night. Late Sunday afternoon, as the 48-hour mark approached, members of the community enjoyed themselves as they danced in the space together. Dark Horse/Fallen Shadows concluded at 6 p.m., a great success at celebrating dance and providing inspiration for all that took part.