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Rio Gallery: Arrivals and Departures

For all the inherent intimate relationships between the body and physical space in dance, few dance performances explore the body in a landscape, or in relationship to land. But then Arrivals/Departures is that anomaly: an art show curated by a dance company, specifically, loveDANCEmore, the community-events arm of local nonprofit Ashley Anderson Dances.

The 10 artists in this show are a widely varied bunch, from Juan Aldape, a local choreographer working on a master’s degree in Europe as well as conducting geographical research with University of Utah professor Edward Pultar, to dance filmmaker Sam Hanson, whose work has been screened at the Salt Lake City Main Library and the Fear No Film Festival (a still from his film When We Were Very Young is pictured), to New York-based choreographer Adrienne Westwood, whose work is internationally acclaimed. Diana Crum and Karinne Keithley Syers are both former artists-in-residence at loveDANCEmore.

While some of the works look at landscape in general, others explore specific local landmarks: the Salt Lake City Main Library, a place where movement might be secondary to contemplation; the Bonneville Salt Flats, where motion aspires to speed; and Sugar House Park, a space of leisurely activity. The open space of the Rio Gallery—and its history-tinged aura—should provide an interesting arena for these ideas to play out.

Live performances will be featured during the next Gallery Stroll, Feb. 21, and film and videos of the dances can be seen during regular gallery hours. (Brian Staker)

Date: Jan 27, 2013
Time: 7 pm
Phone: 801-533-3582
Address: 300 S. Rio Grande (455 W), Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Rio Gallery