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Repertory Dance Theatre: You by Graham Brown Staff Pick

When: Thu., Jan. 29, 5:30 & 8 p.m., Fri., Jan. 30, 7 & 9:30 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 31, 7 & 9:30 p.m. 2015
Phone: 801-355-2787
Price: $20
www.arttix.org/tickets/production.aspx?performanceNumber=13604
Immersive theater experiences, like the recent and very popular Sleep No More run in New York City, are often huge productions staged over many hours in multistoried warehouse spaces. Choreographer Graham Brown wanted to create a similar energy, but the challenge was to do so in a smaller, more intimate black-box theater. With You, presented as part of Repertory Dance Theatre's Link Series, Brown takes on that challenge. With his background in improvisation, it makes sense that immersive theater would pique his interest. Developed over several years, this version is the first fully staged adaptation of many earlier experiments, a collaborative effort that includes original music by Mike Wall, David Schulman and Brown's brother, Joel. You begins immediately as audience members enter the theater and find themselves immersed in a dance-club environment. The story mutates around the audience into more private spaces, as the four characters of the piece (played by Keanu Brady, Mikayla Ellison, Shawnee Jo Haycock and Jersey Reo Riemo) become clear. While furniture is moved in and out of the performance space, the audience is encouraged to interact by exploring the setting as the work unfolds around them. There's something electric that occurs in improv dance, and that same energy is palpable when the variable of audience interaction comes into play. Anything can happen, and that nervous energy feeds both performers and attendees alike. (Jacob Stringer)

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