Repertory Dance Theatre contemplates a busy summer season, with a Snowbird residency June 3-21, and the annual summer workshop June 24-July 5 at the Marriott Center for Dance, University of Utah campus.
The time at Snowbird will be devoted to preparing "Maid of the Mist and the Thunderbeings," in collaboration with choreographers Raoul Trujillo and Alejandro Ronceria, and composer Louis Ballard.The work marks a unique collaboration between RDT, a Native American artists team, the Buffalo State College Performing Arts Center, and several other prestigious arts organizations in New York State. "Maid" is funded in part by a $190,000 grant from the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Arts Partners Program and a $25,000 grant from the Meet the Composer Project, funded by the Ford Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts. The work is based on an Iroquois legend, and will incorporate storytelling, modern dance and folk arts.
Trujillo has been co-director of the acclaimed American Indian Dance Theatre since 1987. From 1982-87 he danced with Alwin Nikolais' company. He has taught extensively, and his choreographies are described as "brilliant" and "vivid."
Ronceria, an independent dancer and choreographer, has worked in South America, the Soviet Union, the United States and Canada. He currently resides in Toronto, as choreographer and director of the Nagual Dance Theatre.
Works by Ballard, composer for "Maid," have been performed all over the country by everything from symphony orchestras to chamber ensembles. He is the recipient of numerous grants, awards and commissions.
Following the Utah workshop, the company will travel to Buffalo, N.Y. to continue work on "Maid."
- RDT'S SUMMER WORKSHOP, June 24-July 5, will offer intensive classes in conditioning, beginning, intermediate and advanced technique and repertory, taught by company members.
Three repertory classes will investigate different works and styles, including a session by Linda C. Smith, artistic director, examining the movement, history and philosophy of American modern dance, from Isadora Duncan to Merce Cunningham. A special apprenticeship class will be offered, for which students may audition the first day of the workshop, and go on to work with RDT dancers, learning new works and understudying.
Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (apprentice class to 5 p.m.), Monday-Friday. The fee is $250, with upper or lower division university credit available for an additional $50 through the Division of Continuing Education. For more information, call 581-6702.