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Ririe-Woodbury announces 2014-15 season

Published: Saturday, Aug. 23 2014 3:00 p.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, Aug. 22 2014 3:55 p.m. MDT

Dancers from the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company perform "States Rendered," which was choreographed by Doug Varone.

Stuart Ruckman, Stuart Ruckman Photography

SALT LAKE CITY — Audiences attending performances by Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company can expect to see collaboration, world premieres and more as part of the company’s 2014-15 season.

On the heels of its 50th anniversary, the dance company recently announced it will undertake three shows this season instead of four. Daniel Charon, the company’s artistic director, said that the dancers successfully performed a number of shows and did a lot of touring as part of last year’s anniversary and that the company decided to switch its focus for the upcoming season.

“We’re really going for the idea of quality over quantity, so what we do has much more impact and much more depth and much more exploration behind it,” he said.

The season will include the work of nine artists and will feature three world premieres and one Salt Lake City premiere, according to a news release.

“The work that we’ve selected highlights each other,” Charon said. “It supports each other because of the range of voices that it’s coming from.”

The season kicks off Sept. 25-27 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, located at 138 W. 300 South, with Ririe-Woodbury’s “Fall Season,” featuring work by Johannes Wieland, Charon and Jonah Bokaer, who is known for combining “theatrical dance and installation work,” according to Charon.

“There’s something very poetic about it,” he said.

The company will perform “Flabbergast!” Jan. 30-31 at the Capitol Theatre, located at 50 W. 200 South. The performance is back by popular demand, according to a news release.

“Everyone — be they 8 or 80 — will be thoroughly entertained by ‘Flabbergast!’ ” Charon said in the news release.

Ririe-Woodbury will return to the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center for “Spring Season,” its final show of the season, April 9-11. The dancers will perform the work of choreographer Netta Yrushalmy, who combines “quirky” movement “with something that’s very beautiful and vulnerable,” Charon said in an interview.

Charon is also working with the Salt Lake Electric Ensemble to create a piece that will premiere at the April performances.

“The bullet points (of the season) will be the diversity of voices coming in, the diversity of choreography coming in as well of the spirit of collaboration and really working together to make art,” Charon said.

Season tickets are available for $75 per person or $48 for students. Single tickets are $35 in advance and $48 on the day of the show for adults and $15 in advance and $16.50 on the day of the show for children. The company will also be offering ticket packages for families of up to five people to attend “Flabbergast!” for $45.

Tickets are available by visiting ririewoodbury.com or calling 801-355-2787.

Email: wbutters@deseretnews.com, Twitter: WhitneyButters

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