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Ririe-Woodbury celebrating its 50th anniversary

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Published: Sunday, Sept. 22 2013 3:30 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is kicking off it 50th anniversary season with a new show, "The Start of Something Big," Sept. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South.

This performance examines the formative works of the company, including those by co-founders Shirley Ririe and Joan Woodbury, with interludes of the 1972 Fellini-esque film "MOVE IT," by Stanley and Judith Hallet. It also features a world premiere by new Artistic Director Daniel Charon.

According to a news release, "Prisms" (1971) created by Shirley Ririe, uses the Merce Cunningham "chance method" and employs painted slides, a technique introduced by Alwin Nikolais. "Affectinate Infirmities" (1972) by Joan Woodbury, was created as an homage to everyone who has suffered the indignity of a debilitating injury and is danced on crutches. "Clouds" (1971) was created for the first Ririe-Woodbury Children's Show by Shirley Ririe. "Play It As It Rings" (1970) by Shirley Ririe and Joan Woodbury, was created with a focus on time, and was inspired by John Cage and Alwin Nikolais. "Loose Change" (2005) was created by Joan Woodbury in the spirit of the works the company was performing in the 1970s. "Striped Celebrants" (from Totem 1955) by Alwin Nikolais and "Suite de Danse" (1960) by Murray Louis were gifted to the company at its founding to be part of the repertory. "Everything That Changes" (world premiere) by Artistic Director Daniel Charon is inspired by the notion that time is continually moving forward and that change is inevitable.

This performance marks the first performance at Ririe-Woodbury under the artistic direction of Charon, who joined the company in June of this year. His performing and choreographic career spans 17 years, working with such prestigious companies as Doug Varone and Dancers, Limón Dance Company, Doug Elkins and Friends, the Metropolitan Opera, and Dance Kaleidoscope among many others.

As part of its extensive Education Program, Ririe-Woodbury will present a Sept. 25 matinee, open to any K-12 school in Utah. More information and registration forms are available at ririewoodbury.com/education/free-student-matinees.

Tickets are available at ArtTix.org or by calling 801-355-2787.

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