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Ririe-Woodbury celebrates 50 with ‘The Start of Something Big’

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Bradley Beakes of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will perform during the company's 50th-anniversary opener, "The Start of Something Big." (Photo courtesy of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company)

This season, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company has reached a milestone not achieved by many of contemporary dance companies, or even many arts organizations in the United States it turned 50 years old.

As a testament to its impactful history and dynamic vision for the future, Ririe-Woodbury kicks off its anniversary season celebration with an exciting new show, "The Start of Something Big," on Sept. 26 through Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. Broadway in Salt Lake City.

This performance examines the formative works of the company, including those by Shirley Ririe and Joan Woodbury, with interludes of the 1972 Fellini-esque film "MOVE IT," by Stanley and Judith Hallet. The program will also features a world premiere by new artistic director Daniel Charon.

"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. These performances marks the company’s first under the artistic direction of Daniel 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 September 25 matinee, open to any K-12 school in Utah. More information and registration forms are available at http://ririewoodbury.com/education/free-student-matinees

The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will present "The Start of Something Big" at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center – 138 West Broadway, Salt Lake City Sept. 26 through Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m.Tickets are available at ArtTix.org or by calling (801) 355-ARTS.

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