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Ririe-Woodbury to perform 'Iridescence'

SALT LAKE CITY — Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will present "Iridescence" Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.

The show will include the world premiere of "Secret Dark World" by California State University, Long Beach professor and Ririe-Woodbury alumnus Keith Johnson. Artistic Director Charlotte Boye-Christensen will also premiere two new works, "Those In the Desert" and "West." "It's Gonna Get Loud" by Tony Award-winning choreographer Karole Armitage and "Duet" by Tony-winner Bill T. Jones will round out the performance.

"Secret Dark World" explores the experiences people have in childhood and how they shape adult lives. It touches on ideas of bullying, power, games, hierarchy and status. "Those In the Desert" is a ritualistic look at formal dancing with a male/female warrior sensibility. "West" examines the associations that people have with the West as a place and state of mind. "It's Gonna Get Loud" mixes ballet and modern dance to create a constantly shifting landscape of movement. "Duet" is performed to the traditional African music of Madagascar and the Ivory Coast.

"Iridescence" also marks the final Ririe-Woodbury season performance of Elizabeth "Betsy" Kelley-Wilberg. She joined the company in 2006 and has danced with Ririe-Woodbury for six years.

Tickets are $30 for the general public, $20 for Studio D members and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at or by calling 801-355-ARTS.