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Repertory Dance Theatre: Women of Valor

With the recent announcement that women will be allowed to serve in combat roles alongside their male counterparts, it seems timely that a Women’s Military Service Memorial is being planned on the grounds of Fort Douglas Military Museum.

Former Repertory Dance Theatre dancer Lynne Wimmer made the company aware of the planned memorial, and together they decided to use their spring performance to help raise funds and bring attention to the cause. The trick was putting together an appropriate selection of pieces from the company’s repertory—combined with three commissioned dramatic monologues—that would encompass the mix of military tribute, historical message and performing arts.

RDT Director Linda Smith says that the mix of choreography should be both inspiring and poignant. “When Summoned was choreographed by Bill Evans in 1969. Lynne and I both danced in the work. It has a powerful message about war and how it affects individuals, couples and families.” Commonplace, by Susan Hadley, makes a “strong statement about women in community life,” Smith says. The piece is “an expression of the choreographer’s feeling about the power of community with a group of women and their compassion for each other.”

The third and final piece on the bill, Bolero by Joanie Smith (Shapiro & Smith Dance), is about women who work courageously in daily life. That broader, more inclusive message—one in which women of all stripes are honored for their commitment—is clearly what RDT had in mind with Women of Valor. (Jacob Stringer)

$15 military/students/seniors, $30 general admission ($35 day of show), $75 VIP.,

Date: Apr 12, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm
Phone: 801-355-2787
Address: 138 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Jeanne Wagner Theatre