Charette 2015 | Rose Wagner Center | Theater, Dance | Salt Lake City Weekly


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Charette 2015

When: Sat., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. 2015
Phone: 801-355-2787
Price: $40 to $85
Repertory Dance Theatre's annual Charette is a fundraiser designed to bring four choreographers into a performance space with an inquisitive audience. Each choreographer is provided with a cast of dancers, a secret ingredient (which could actually be you, if you bid enough money) and just one hour to deliver the finished goods, all in attempt to crown an "Iron Choreographer." This year, Sister Dottie S. Dixon will once again emcee and help local public figures like Fox 13's Hope Woodside and District Attorney Sim Gill navigate the judging for Charette: All You Need Is Love. In years past, the reigning champion clearly had an advantage, knowing how to play the game upon their return to the arena. Nathan Shaw, Iron Choreographer winner for 2013 and 2014, fills that role. But unlike other Charettes, this one is stacked with favorites, including three other prior Iron Choreographers: Amanda Sowerby, Meghan Durham-Wall and Nicholas Cendese. In fact, Cendese—a dancer with RDT for 11 years who now serves as an artistic associate with the company—may have an unfair advantage, as he was the actual creator of the event more than a decade ago. But as Shaw himself notes, and everyone involved with this merry fundraiser makes absolutely clear, it's all about the fun. "Keep it funny," he says. "People do not want angst-ridden modern dance. They want to be entertained. The crowd imbibes all night long. Don't kill their buzz." With this year's competition taking place on Valentine's Day, it probably wouldn't hurt to add a little romance to the mix, either. (Jacob Stringer)
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