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Bandaloop dancers perform intricate choreographed routines off the side of a building, suspended by climbing ropes and harnesses. The group will perform at the Utah Arts Festival in June.

SALT LAKE CITY — Cold weather won’t stop the Utah Arts Festival from warming up for what is the state's largest outdoor arts event running June 21-24. Of the more than 100 performing arts groups ready to take to take to the stages this summer, one California-based dance company needs nothing more than open skies.

“They say what we do is death-defying. I’d say it’s life-affirming,” Amelia Rudolph, Bandaloop founder and artistic director said on the group's website.

A pioneer in vertical dance, Bandaloop performs Cirque du Soleil-style dance in unexpected public spaces — all while suspended by climbing ropes.

“Bandaloop seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and climbing technology to turn the dance floor on its side,” according to the Bandaloop website.

The vertically aligned performance will take place on the iconic glass facade of the Salt Lake City Main Library.

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Entering it 42nd year, the Utah Arts Festival at Library Square draws more than 80,000 participants and features local, national and international performers, artists and musicians, according to a news release.

“We invite you to let your imaginations soar skyward with Bandaloop this year at the Utah Arts Festival,” executive director of the Utah Arts Festival Lisa Sewell said in the news release. “We believe this is everyone’s festival, and we are thrilled to present our 2018 four-day arts extravaganza that celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the people who live here."