unidentified dancer combines the movement of his or her
body with a stretchy cloth in a
modern dance from Ririe Woodbury's 40th anniversary season.
is a landmark for the Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, as it opens
the season with the astounding visual and kinetic artistry of the
legendary Alwin Nikolais for a one-time-only “Celebration
Murray Louis of Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance selected Ririe-Woodbury
Dance Company as the performing company for “Alwin Nikolais:
A Celebration Tour” 10 years after Nikolais’ death.
The making of the tour began in June 2002, when Murray Louis proposed
the idea to longtime friend and colleague Joan Woodbury, as well
as Shirley Ririe. Both Woodbury and Ririe were thrilled, since no
other company in the United States or abroad had ever been asked
to perform a full evening of only Nikolais dances.
Choreographer, composer, scenic and costume designer Alwin Nikolais
(1910-1993) blended his many talents into a single aesthetic force.
In a career that spanned five decades, he greatly impacted every
theatrical medium, from Broadway to television. His lighting wonders,
sound scores, choreography and costumes have influenced the contemporary
stage and a generation of choreographers. Nikolais created the internationally
acclaimed Nikolais Dance Theatre and is the genius behind dozens
of visual masterpieces. His company appeared throughout Europe,
South America and Asia. Renowned as a master teacher, his pedagogy
is taught in schools and universities throughout the world.
“Dance is for Everybody.” For 40 years, Shirley Ririe
and Joan Woodbury have kept their philosophy alive with Ririe-Woodbury
Dance Company. Founded in 1964, the Company has shared the art of
performing through innovative and original dances, classes, workshops
and residencies across the United States and throughout the world.
Repertoire for Ririe-Woodbury’s 2003-2004 season will include:
“Alwin Nikolais: A Celebration Tour”
Sept. 24 to 27, 7:30 p.m. And Sept. 27 at 2:00 p.m., Rose Wagner
Performing Arts Center
The Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance, in collaboration with Ririe-Woodbury
Dance Company presents seven of Alwin Nikolais’ greatest works
for a special “Celebration Tour.” The tour will begin
in Salt Lake City and continue to tour throughout the country, including
at the prestigious Joyce Theater in New York City.
For the first time, an established dance company will perform a
full evening of works by Alwin Nikolais, whose genius helped shape
modern dance in America.
“Objects & Places”
Jan. 30, 7:00 p.m. and Jan. 31, 2:00 p.m., Capitol Theatre
Original choreography and unique audience improvisation will create
an incredible trail of music, motion and visual design, carrying
you from the ballroom to the desert. “Objects & Places”
is geared toward young people and the young at heart through the
imaginative use of flags, balls, chairs, bags, sticks and stools.
“Media + D”
April 22-24, 7:30 p.m., Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
The two-part program “Media + D” will explore dance
and technology and feature choreography by Ririe-Woodbury Associate
Artistic Director Charlotte Boye-Christensen, two multimedia artists
from Denmark and the resident composer for the Danish Aalborg Symphony.
Britain’s Wayne McGregor, one of Europe’s most acclaimed
choreographers, will also create a new work.
McGregor rarely choreographs for dance companies other than his
own, Random Dance, creating an extraordinary opportunity for Ririe-Woodbury
Dance Company and Salt Lake City.
Ririe-Woodbury dancers for this season include Juan Carlos Claudio,
Ai Fujii, Brandin Scott Steffensen, Melissa McDonald, Joseph Blake
and Chia-Chi Chiang.
Tickets to any Ririe-Woodbury performance may be purchased at an
ArtTix Box office or by calling (801) 355-ARTS. Single tickets range
in price from $25-$35. Student discounts are available.