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Break the Silence

BYU dance student Evan Rogler, co-founder of Break the Silence, brought back from this spring’s American College Dance Festival a desire to organize a concert of different forms, ages and techniques. At that time, his dance partners were working at The Center for Women & Children in Crisis, and it became obvious that such a concert could be entertaining while raising money for the shelter and awareness about domestic violence. The Utah statistics on the event’s Website are stark and surprising: More than one in three women have been victims; in 2009, 1,761 children were sheltered because of domestic violence; 25 percent of abused women are pregnant.

Listing off these stats as he cold called the local dance community, Rogler received gracious support. With 85 dancers—representing Odyssey Dance Theatre, Ballet West’s Easton and Haley Smith, Kalamity (pictured) and more—performing 13 pieces, the evening’s performances will shine a light on domestic violence.

These selections were picked largely from each company’s repertoire. Prerecorded texts will play between dances, creating cohesion and adding context to each piece. For example, a monologue about how a domestic-violence victim became unwilling to commit to serious relationships precedes “Spring”—choreographed by Rebecca Wright Phillips and performed by Evan Rogler and Angela Green—a duet between a man and a woman, set at opposite ends of a park bench, who tentatively look at each other, but don’t act on their desires.

The final piece, “Bring on the Rain”—choreographed by Allison Thornton—was created specifically for Break the Silence. Nationally renowned singer Jenny Jordan Frogley will perform that Jo Dee Messina song in addition to three other musical sets to round out the educational and engaging evening. (Austen Diamond)

Break the Silence @ Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway, 801-355-2787, Aug. 12, 7 p.m., $15.,

Date: Aug 12, 2011
Time: 7 pm
Phone: 801-355-2787
Address: 138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Rose Wagner Center