Oh Yeah! A Rock & Roll Ballet | The State Room | Live Music, Dance | Salt Lake City Weekly


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Oh Yeah! A Rock & Roll Ballet 

When: Fri., March 6, 8 p.m. and Sat., March 7, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $12
Take just a moment to absorb that title, because the cognitive dissonance may already be setting in. "Rock & Roll Ballet"? How does that even work? Isn't ballet intended strictly to be paired with orchestral works—pretty music to accompany pretty costumes and pretty choreography? That perception is limited even where traditional ballet is concerned, but it's certainly not the way to think about Salt Lake City's Municipal Ballet Co. Now in its third season, the company—under the artistic direction of Sarah Longoria—has committed itself to expanding the notion of what you see in your head when you hear the word "ballet." And that includes performing with live local bands, as was the case in 2014's collaboration with St. Boheme that included street performances during Gallery Stroll Fridays. The new production, Oh Yeah!, finds Municipal Ballet Co. collaborating with Holy Water Buffalo, a quartet out of Heber City with a style reminiscent of vintage late '60s/early '70s album rock. As part of Municipal Ballet Co.'s ongoing commitment to making the art form even more accessible, their rehearsals took place at a space in Library Square, open to the public. The show will find the dancers setting their choreography to songs from both the band's 2010 self-titled debut CD and from their upcoming release Purple Mountain Majesty. If you never thought you'd want to raise your lighters at a ballet performance, get ready for something new. (Scott Renshaw)
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