RDT presents Lively


November 22-23, 2013 | 7:30 pm
Jeanne Wagner Theatre
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City 84101

ALL TICKETS $10 (our gift to you!)
Tickets available through ArtTix | 801-355-ARTS | www.artTix.org



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The language of dance can communicate our most intimate thoughts and feelings and bring smiles, giggles and guffaws to lift our spirits. RDT provides the time and place for audiences of all ages to enjoy some choreography “on the lighter side.”

RDT will offer this “gift" to the community as a lively way to usher in the holiday season. Pieces will include “Jukebox” by Bill Evans choreographed to the fun and lively music of Glenn Miller as well as “Fin Amours” by Susan Hadley. Also returning is the crowd favorite from last year, “Bolero” by Joanie Smith.

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FREE milk & cookies provided by Trader Joe's during intermission with a performance by young dancers from the Young Dancer Passport to Hip Hop Workshop.


Choreography: William (Bill) Evans

"I have been choreographing dances since 1952 when I was 11 years old.  This work is built on movement passages I remember from dances I made during my adolescence in Lehi, Utah; and no attempt was made at historical accuracy. What you see is the aesthetic of a 12-year-old and the craft of a more experienced choreographer." -- Bill Evans


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Choreography: Joanie Smith 

"Bolero" is a thrill ride of a dance about the dynamic tensions that define the human experience...a dance about community and the power of teamwork. The work explores the endless nature of physical struggle, from war to personal ordeal. It is a dance that demands much of those who perform it and which tests the limits of physicality. "Bolero" is explosive, with the dancers and momentum never letting up until after the final note.



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Choreography: Susan Hadley

The traditional ballet pas de deux presents the man as strong and the woman as beautiful; the man as supporter and the woman as supported; the man as active and the woman as passive.  But most relationships are a give-and-take in which both partners share these roles. These nine duets arise from this mutual interplay between men and women.



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Bill Evans is an internationally-known choreographer, performer, teacher, administrator, and movement analyst. More than 200 of Evans' works have been performed by professional and pre-professional ballet, modern dance, and tap companies through the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Europe and New Zealand. He was a leading dancer and major choreographer with Utah Repertory Dance Theatre (1968-74). In 1970, he founded the Bill Evans Solo Dance Repertory. He is currently the Artistic Director for the Bill Evans Dance Company (founded in 1975) and the Bill Evans Rhythm Tap Ensemble (founded in 1992). He is Emeritus Professor of Dance at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he served as a full-time faculty member from 1988-2004. Bill Evans has made thousands of appearances will ballet, modern dance and tap companies, and as a solo concert artist. As a choreographer, Evans is known for his diversity, range of expression and rhythmic inventiveness. One of his foremost achievements has been the creation of a modern dance technique that emphasizes total mind-body integration and that has influenced numerous dancers and dance teachers since 1976.

SUSAN HADLEY (Professor at Ohio State University) was a principal dancer with the Mark Morris Dance Group, performing internationally and on Dance in America. She was a member of Senta Driver's company HARRY and she performed with Meredith Monk. As rehearsal director for Mark Morris she worked with Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, with Zivili's premier of The Office, and with the Royal Opera's production of Platee. Her own work has been performed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Repertory Dance Theatre, American Repertory Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, Ballet Memphis, Ballet Pacifica, The University Dance Company, CATCO, and Drums Downtown. Hadley's work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, The Choo San Goh Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council, OSU College of the Arts, and Wexner Center for the Arts. At OSU, where she received her MA in Dance, Hadley teaches modern technique, composition, repertory and pedagogy. She is the recipient of the 2002 Colleges of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, and the 2006 OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

JOANIE SMITH (SHAPIRO & SMITH DANCE COMPANY) Founded in 1985, the Company began as a collaboration between Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith. After meeting in the companies of Murray Louis and Alwin Nikolais, they went on to create their first choreography during a Fulbright Lectureship in Helsinki, Finland. Since then Shapiro and Smith’s blend of contemporary dance and dramatic theater has elicited enthusiastic receptions across the U.S., Europe, Asia and Canada. The Company has been presented by major festivals and venues including the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Dance Theater Workshop, St. Mark’s DanSpace Project, PS 122, Festival di Milano, Teatro de Danza in Mexico City, Recklinghausen RuhrFestSpiele, and the Korean International Festival. Danial Shapiro died of complications from prostate cancer in 2006 and now Joanie Smith continues as sole Artistic Director.

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