RDT presents Land


April 10-12, 2014 | 7:30 pm
Jeanne Wagner Theatre
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Jeanne Wagner Theatre

Tickets $30 in advance* ($15 seniors/students)
Tickets available through ArtTix | 801-355-ARTS | www.artTix.org
*Tickets will increase by $5 on the night of the performance.


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“Once in his life a man...ought to give himself up to a particular landscape in his experience, to look at it from as many angles as he can, to wonder about it, to dwell upon it. He ought to imagine that he touches it with his hands at every season and listen to the sounds that are made upon it. He ought to imagine the creatures there and all the faintest motions of the wind. He ought to recollect the glare of noon and all the colors of the dawn and dusk.”

- Scott Momaday


"Rainwood" (1977)
Choreography: Ze'eva Cohen

Set to sounds of birds, frogs, and insects, “Rainwood” is a forest ritual that brings alive the creatures of the wilderness in a brilliant symphony of steps, crawls and twists. The dancers themselves become the music in a sweeping harmony of bodies and limbs. The dancers seem to be nature together and apart, nature at one with itself and nature in its multiplicity.


 desert sea

"Desert Sea" (commission 2005)
Choreography: Molissa Fenley 

Desert Sea reveals a profound connection to time and place. Ms. Fenley was inspired the culture and history of the Native people living in the Colorado Plateau area. She used the geography and the geometric designs reminiscent of the weaving of the Native Americans as suggestion for dancers’ movement and placement in space. In the weaving of blankets a meandering design might be a line that travels up, across, down, across, making a sharp right angle turn and then repeat. “Zones” appear in blankets, zones are defined by larger or more complex design elements, often combined with bands or isolated by simple stripes.


"Erosion" (1993)
Choreography: Zvi Gotheiner


The "landscape" centennial project  began in 1993 with  the commissioning of two New York artists. Choreographer Zvi Gotheiner and composer Scott Killian joined forces to create EROSION, a tribute to the red-rock, canyon-lands area. The sculptural images in this piece create a timeless quality filled with reminders of the geology, the history , inhabitants, and the expansive projection of space and time.
" In this land of light, rocks are elevated to sculpture and each earth gesture is a work of art."




"Turf" (RDT Commission 1997)
Choreography: Shapiro & Smith

Turf makes an energetic and a witty statement about the spirit of friendly competition, ownership and territory. It was created as part of a series of Millennium Commissions leading up to the 2002 Winter Olympics which encouraged a way of living based on the joy found in effort. RDT’s Olympic presentations celebrated the spirit of human excellence, human effort and human creativity.




Molissa Fenley (Choreographer and Performer) graduate from Mills College in Oakland, California with a BA in Dance in 1975.  She moved to New York City in 1977 and formed Molissa Fenley and Company. In her 36-year career she has choreographed over 75 works. From 1988 to 2000, Fenley concentrated almost exclusively on performing solo work, setting many of her solos on celebrated performers such as Bill T. Jones, Peggy Baker, Peter Boal and Elisa Monte. 

Fenley’s pure-dance choreography is an exemplary combination of compositions skill, a clearly defined movement quality, and an intimate relationship with contemporary classical music. Her work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. She has been commissioned by numerous modern dance festivals as well as by ballet and repertory companies around the globe including the Australian Dance theatre and the Deutsche Opera Ballet of Berlin. In 2005, Molissa Fenley won RDT’s “Sense of Place” national choreographic competition and was commissioned to create Desert Sea.

Molissa has received major grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, the Greenwich Foundation and two National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships. In addition, she has received two Bessie awards for choreography, a Rome Prize for a six-month residency at the American Academy in Rome and named a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow. Molissa Fenley has been on the dance faculty at Mills College since 1999 and is in residence every spring semester.  

Joanie Smith and Danial Shapiro founded Shapiro & Smith Dance in 1987 and developed a collaborative method through which they created their work, taking turns developing material and directing the choreographic process. Danial Shapiro died in the Fall of 2006 and now Joanie Smith serves as sole Choreographer and is honing that process in new ways with the members of Shapiro & Smith Dance. Ms. Smith was recognized as an “Artist Of The Year,” in 2011 by City Pages, Minneapolis, and was named a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Dance to Helsinki, Finland. Smith holds the Barbara Barker Endowed Chair in Dance at the University of Minnesota, an MA in Dance from UCLA, and toured the world in the companies of Murray Louis and Alwin Nikolais before founding Shapiro & Smith Dance. 

Zvi Gotheiner was born and raised in Israel. He began his artistic career as a gifted violinist with the Young Kibbutzim Orchestra, where he attained the rank of soloist and Concertmaster at age 15. He began dancing at 17, and soon after formed his first performance group. He first came to New York in 1978 on a dance scholarship from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation, and went on to dance with the Joyce Trisler Dance Company, Feld Ballets/NY, and the Bat-Sheva Dance Company. After directing Tamar Ramle and the Jerusalem Tamar Dance Companies in Israel and the Israeli Chamber Dance Company in New York, he founded ZviDance (previously: Zvi Gotheiner & Dancers) in 1989. The Company’s performances have received critical acclaim in New York City at The Kitchen, The Joyce Theater, Joyce Soho, The Fiorello Festival, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, and Central Park’s SummerStage, as well as a variety of experimental venues. Zvi is a recipient of two New York Foundation for the Arts choreography fellowships and The National Arts Club Weiselberg Award, and has received commissions from Zurich Tanz Theater, Utah’s Repertory Dance Theater, Colloquium Contemporary Dance Exchange, the American Dance Festival, and three times by The Joyce Theater’s Altogether Different series. Zvi has earned an international reputation as a ballet teacher. In New York, he serves as a company teacher for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and teaches ballet regularly at City Center.

Ze’eva Cohen is a dancer, choreographer, and former dance professor at Princeton University.  Cohen came to New York from her native country, Israel, in 1963 to study at the Julliard School and perform with the Anna Sokolow Dance Company.  She was also a founding member of Dance Theater Workshop, where she worked as a choreographer and dancer from the mid-sixties to the early seventies.

In 1971, she initiated her pioneering and highly acclaimed solo dance repertory program, which toured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Israel for twelve years under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts Residency Touring Dance Program.  The repertory included commissioned works, reconstructions, and her own original choreography comprising twenty-eight solos by twenty-three choreographers.  In 1983, she founded Ze’eva Cohen and Dancers, a company for which she developed a diverse group repertory, performing in New York and on national tours.  Cohen has also choreographed works for the Boston Ballet, Munich Tanzproject, Batsheva Dance Company, Inbal Dance Theater of Israel, The Alvin Ailey Repertory Dance Company, and many other national dance companies.  Since 1996, she has been choreographing, producing, and performing Negotiations and, later, Female Mythologies, programs dealing with cultural, political, and social issues, focusing on women’s myths and lives.








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