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Repertory Dance Theatre: Time Capsule: A Century of Dance

It’s hard to capture the entire history of an art form in a single performance, but Repertory Dance Theatre does an amazing job elucidating the thread with which modern dance is woven in Time Capsule: A Century of Dance. “We wanted to help demystify … modern dance by sharing some information about the dances in an immediate way,” says RDT artistic director Linda Smith. To do so, they put a lot of information about Isadora Duncan, Merce Cunningham and others into a printed program, augmented that with live narration, and added five short multimedia pieces to “tie the choreography to history,” while simultaneously providing “a taste of the philosophy of the choreographers.” The point of the project is not only for audiences to have the opportunity to experience these pieces being performed live, but also to firmly root the performing-art form in its founding traditions. Simultaneously, it’s important for RDT to promote the fact that dance is also an art form that is fully alive and well—still growing, changing and pushing creative boundaries. “One cannot come in contact with these works without being amazed and rejuvenated by them,” Smith says. “We do not wish to copy or imitate the individuals of the past, but to dance their works as if for the first time, with all of the conviction and passion of the people who made them.” Ultimately, Time Capsule provokes that same unique mix of nostalgia and regeneration that comes when cracking open the real thing for a first reveal. (Jacob Stringer)

Date: Nov 16, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Phone: 801-355-2787
Address: 138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Rose Wagner Center
 
 
 
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