This exciting 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" as well as the completed "West." Audience favorite "It's Gonna Get Loud" by Tony Award-winning choreographer Karole Armitage, and the stunning "Duet" by Tony-winner Bill T. Jones will round out the eclectic performance.
"Secret Dark World" explores the experiences we have in childhood and how they shape our 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 we have with the West as a place and state of mind a place of endless vistas, spaces that are untouched by modern civilization, challenging living conditions, independence and a free-spirituality.
"It's Gonna Get Loud" mixes ballet and modern dance to create a constantly shifting landscape of movement. The dance alternates between intimate duets and groups sections, which combine the refinement of ballet with the visceral energy of rock and roll.
"Duet" is performed to the traditional African music of Madagascar and the Ivory Coast. With its extremely stylized and meticulously crafted movement this work is visual art in motion.
"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 6 years.
Tickets are $30 for the general public, $20 for Studio D members and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at arttix.org or by calling 801-355-ARTS. The performance on Saturday, April 28, will be followed by a Studio D reception at New Yorker restaurant.