Back by popular demand is Karole Armitage’s “It’s Gonna Get Loud” (pictured) and “Duet” by Bill T. Jones. Joining that lineup is longtime friend and company alumnus Keith Johnson with “Secret Dark World,” a brand-new work that investigates childhood behaviors. According to artistic director Charlotte Boye-Christensen, the piece is heavy and heady, but has an overall sense of childlike charm.
“He was interested in this primal instinct that all of us have as children, and how that influences our lives and the way we live as adults,” she says. “He’s created a piece that is humorous but also has a very dark undercurrent with a slightly violent feel, even though it is set inside this kind of playful, game-like atmosphere.”
Two pieces by Boye-Christensen round out the bill. “West”—set to music ranging from Johnny Cash and Tom Waits to Nick Cave and The Black Angels—explores how much the vast, wide-open landscape informs the ambiance surrounding us. Her other premiere, “Those in the Desert”, is a simultaneously ritualistic and formulaic work, primarily choreographed over an inspiring, lightning-fast three-day period.
“When you work so concentrated and so instinctual and intuitive, sometimes your first choices are just the right ones,” she explains. “When you don’t have any time, you end up trusting your original, inspired decisions a lot more. It is a mysterious dance that emerged from a short, intense process.” (Jacob Stringer)
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company: Iridescence @ Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway, 801-355-2787, April 26-28, 7:30 p.m., $30. ArtTix.org, RirieWoodbury.com
Date: Apr 26, 2012
Time: 13:14 pm
Address: 138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Rose Wagner Center