Founded in 1966, the Repertory Dance Theatre of Salt Lake City is still considered to be one of modern dance’s most exciting undertakings, inspiring and allowing people from Bicknell, Utah to Vienna, Austria to learn about dance.
Now in its fifth decade of dancing, the company is bringing the passion of dance to Cedar City with the Southern Utah University Convocation Series.
Taking part in two separate events, the Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) will first will be a panel discussion Tuesday, November 5 at 11:30 a.m. in the Sterling Church Auditorium located within the Sharwan Smith Student Center. On the panel will be Linda Smith, artistic director of RDT and six SUU professors of dance and theatre to discuss Merce Cunningham and the Avant Garde.
That night the RDT will offer a free performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium Theatre. The performance is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is committed to advancing the nation’s full range of dance artistry.
RDT, is the oldest and most successful company of its kind, representing 100 years of dance history. The dancing troupe acquires classic works by some of the most significant 20th century choreographers and sanctions new work to add to its vast collection, making both events a treat for the entire community.
This famed dance ensemble, made up of eight professional dancers, continually reaches outside the typical dance audiences visiting more than 300 cities around the world. As ambassadors for Utah, RDT represents the state and its art from throughout the world.
Ray Grant, academic program officer and coordinator with the Convocation Series, stated that while RDT is on campus, its dancers will participate with SUU performers, creating an invaluable collaboration.
“The concept of the Convocation Series is to connect students and this community to the top leaders, thinkers and innovators, which absolutely includes the arts and the full experience of the arts is experienced through performance,” stated Grant. “This collaboration is not only fun and interesting, but academically enriching for all students no matter their area of educational study.”
Both events are open to the public. For more information about Southern Utah University’s Convocation series and a complete listing of presentations for remainder of the fall semester, visit www.suu.edu/convocations.