New Repertory Dance Theatre season brings heroes of dance to stage

By Melissa DeMoux

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Aug. 10 2012 1:38 p.m. MDT

Spider-Man. Superman. Iron Man. These names bring visions of heroes to mind. However, superheroes aren't the heroes Repertory Dance Theatre is looking to spotlight as the company begins its 2012-2013 season.

RDT proclaimed its performance year as "a season of heroes." The eight RDT dancers hope to honor heroes in dance as well as heroes from the community and nation.

Performances will feature innovative dance makers.

"From the innovators and revolutionaries who changed the landscape of modern dance to the brave women who serve this country, RDT is honoring the heroes of dance, the community and of our nation," said Stephanie Perkins, RDT's marketing director. "With a collection of work, both new and old, this season is guaranteed to leave you delighted."

RDT's 47th season begins with a look at works by revolutionary artists who changed the face of dance through their creations. "Embark," to run Oct. 4-6, will feature pieces fashioned by dance pioneers Michio Ito and Jacque Bell, as well as "Eight Seconds of Fame," which joins dancers' skills with taped segments of movement from members of the community.

In "Time Capsule: A Century of Dance" the audience is led through the birth and life of modern dance in this century. Each era is sewn to the political and social backdrop that surrounded the dance of the time.

"Time Capsule," which runs Nov. 16 - 17, draws viewers beyond the beauty of movement and into the life and history of each dance to covering the beginnings of modern dance and contemporary choreography.

Feb. 9, 2013 brings audiences face to face with dancers and choreographers as "Charette" returns to the theater. In its eighth year with RDT, the "Charette" annual fundraiser gives onlookers a chance to watch the process of creating dance from scratch. RDT and community dancers come together and are molded by local choreographers, who have one hour to create a piece of dance and take it to the stage.

The season ends with "Women of Valor...In the Spirit of Service," on April 11- 13, 2013, which honors women who serve in the military and the community.

Woven with recognition for the 150th anniversary of Fort Douglas, RDT will feature dance monologues based on stories from the Veterans History project at the Library of Congress. Proceeds from the April 11 performance of "Women of Valor" will support the Utah Women's Military Memorial at the Fort Douglas Museum.

For more information about RDT or about upcoming performances, visit rdtutah.org/upcoming.html.

Melissa DeMoux is a stay-at-home mother of six young children who lives in West Valley City, Utah. Her email is mddemoux@gmail.com and she blogs about her adventures in motherhood at demouxfamily.blogspot.com.

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