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Tom Mattingly Dance Project

Tom Mattingly Dance Project—named after the lauded Ballet West soloist—returns to the Utah Arts Festival for its second time with a newly commissioned premiere in tow. And Mattingly couldn’t be happier for the opportunity.

Back in 2010, he and the fledgling company were first invited to create a work titled PRONE. This year, they are scheduled to restage that piece along with Ave Maria, a pas de deux with music by local violinist Lynnette Threadgold and another commissioned premiere. According to Mattingly, being a part of the festival is not only a great chance to develop as a choreographer, but an amazing way to get his work seen by a wide spectrum of the public.

“The new piece will be called Saru, which translates to ‘monkeys’ in Japanese,” Mattingly says. “It’s a quirky, playful, complex and fast-paced work in three movements. I chose to use tsugaru shamisen music because it was so different than anything I had ever heard before. It’s a traditional instrument, but the music is very current and in no way feels old-fashioned.”

Consisting of a mix of performers culled from Ballet West and Ririe-Woodbury, Mattingly says that the blend of ballet and modern comes from the fact that his movement requires versatility: “I use a lot of dynamics in my choreography, and I need dancers who can excel in many different areas. Most of all, I need dancers who can really move. My choreography is rarely about the positions. It’s more about the path getting there, and then using line as a punctuation mark.” (Jacob Stringer)

Date: Jun 22, 2012
Time: 5:30 am
Address: 450 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, 84111
Where: Washington Square