RDT presents Women of Valor: In the Spirit of Service

April 11-13, 2013 | 7:30 pm
Jeanne Wagner Theatre
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Jeanne Wagner Theatre

April 11 | Special Benefit Performance
VIP Tickets $75* | Tickets $30 | Military $15**
*Includes priority seating and post-concert reception
**Active duty, Active reserve, retired military and immediate family members

April 12-13
Tickets $30 in advance*
$15 seniors/students
$15 for Active duty, Active reserve, retired military & immediate family members
*Tickets will increase by $5 on the night of the performance.

Tickets available through ArtTix | 801-355-ARTS |



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Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) and the Fort Douglas Museum are honoring Utah women in the military with a three-night concert event, April 11-13, 2013. Women of Valor…In the Spirit of Service commemorates the 150th Anniversary of Fort Douglas and pays tribute to women of have served selflessly in the community and in the military.

Women of commitment, dedication, courage
Women who serve as warriors, wives of warriors
And the mothers of warriors....
The nurses, mechanics, engineers and truck drivers
The pilots, cooks, medics, MPs and teachers

Choreography includes Commonplace by Susan Hadley,When Summoned by Bill Evans, and Bolero by Joanie Smith of Shapiro & Smith Dance.

Dramatic monologues will pay tribute to the service, sacrifice, dedication, duty, and the strength of women. Three commissions inspired by the many diverse roles that women assume in society have been created by Susan Hadley, Abby Fiat, and Lynne Wimmer. Stories of courageous female veterans, of women overcoming prejudice and breaking down stereotypes, and women who challenge the status quo performing tasks that have traditionally been a assigned to men are woven throughout the program. Noted actor, Ann Cullimore Decker shares the emotions of a Gold Star Mother speaking of her loss and her pride in her son’s sacrifice.

The military and contemporary modern dance; dramatic monologues and abstract movement – unusual pairings. There is nothing ordinary about this concert of modern dance just as there is nothing ordinary about the selfless and brave women who will be honored.


Women of Valor...In the Spirit of Service from RDT on Vimeo.

Proceeds from the April 11 benefit performance of Women of Valor will support the Utah Women's Military Memorial at the Fort Douglas Museum. VIP tickets are available for $75 and offer priority seating as well as admission to a post-concert reception featuring honored guests.

The post-concert reception will be hosted by KUTV's Christina Flores. Several distinguished guests will be honored, including retired Air Force Brigadier General Wilma Vaught, the driving force behind the establishment of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery.

Sarah Katie



Repertory Dance Theatre & Utah Valley University
A unique partnership between RDT and the Utah Valley University Dance Department gives UVU dance students the opportunity to also learn and perform Susan Hadley's work, Commonplace. Students and professional dancers studied side-by-side with Ms Hadley during a RDT's Summerdance Workshop in June 2012. Each dance company will perform Commonplace in their respective theaters and in addition, RDT will invite two UVU dancers to be guest artists in Women of Valor. This unique partnership is building bridges of cooperation between a university and the professional dance community and giving students the opportunity to develop their skill and artistry.





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Biographies - Choreographers

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.

ABBY FIAT serves as the department Associate Chair and is the Certification advisor for students completing a secondary teaching licensure in dance at the University of Utah.  Ms. Fiat has choreographed internationally for the National University in Costa Rica and nationally for Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Tulane University, Dartmouth College, University of Central Oklahoma, Brigham Young University, Contemporary Danceworks, Weber State University, Utah State University, Maricopa Institute of the Arts, and in other university and community settings.  Two of her works, Inclinations and Frieze, were performed at ACDFA Gala concerts and Inclinations was performed at the National ACDFA Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  In addition to her university responsibilities, Professor Fiat has been President of the Utah Dance Education Organization, a movement specialist for the Utah Arts Council, and Vice-President for Regional Planning for the American College Dance Festival Association.  In 1999, she received the University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2005, she received the College of Fine Arts Student’s Choice Teaching Award and the College of Fine Arts Faculty Excellence Award.  In 2011, she received the Calvin S. and JeNeal N. Hatch Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

LYNNE WIMMER was a professor in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of South Florida for 27 years where she taught modern dance technique, choreography, kinesiology and Laban Movement Analysis. She retired in the spring of 2010. Lynne received a BFA from the Juilliard School in New York City, an MFA from the University of Utah and is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst. Her professional performance career included nine years as a member of Repertory Dance Theater, and a year and a half with the Ballets Felix Blaska in Paris France, and she directed her own company for
five years. Lynne has received two Fulbright Lecturer awards to teach and choreograph in Mexico and Costa Rica and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and arts councils in Florida, Pennsylvania and Utah.

Her choreography has been performed by Repertory Dance Theater, the Tampa/Colorado Ballet, Moving Current Dance Collective and The Juilliard Dance Ensemble as well as companies in Europe, Costa Rica, Mexico and Canada. Her current research lies in the fields of dance for camera and videography. She has designed video for several choreographers in the Tampa area, has edited three documentaries for Jewish Family Services of Utah and is working on a documentary of Bill T. Jones.

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 Directo

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.







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